GGreg Aplin MP
Member for Albury
4 May 2018
Member for Albury, Greg Aplin today welcomed news that the site proposed for
NSW’s first Rail Trail from Tumbarumba to Rosewood has been gazetted, transferring
ownership of the disused rail land from Transport NSW to Crown Lands.
Mr Aplin said the change in ownership marks a significant milestone for the NSW pilot
project to transform the old rail corridor into a scenic walking and cycling trail.
“It is an exciting day for the Snowy Valleys region, with construction now just round
the corner,” Mr Aplin said.
“This was the last hurdle before we could start work to deliver a vibrant, revitalised
corridor with great tourism and recreation benefits.
“The Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail will give locals a new space to enjoy and
encourage new visitors to the area.”
Local Council Trustees will now be appointed to collaborate with the NSW
Government on the project.
“Liveability is a major priority for the NSW Government and this project is just one of
the great lifestyle options we’re rolling out for people living in our regional towns and
those travelling through them.
“We look forward to working closely with community representatives to preserve the
heritage of
the area and to create a great asset that will meet local and tourist needs.”
Funding of $4.9 million has been allocated to the Tumbarumba and Rosewood Rail
Trail from the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund. The Transport Administration Act 1988 was amended in mid-2017 to allow this project to proceed.
Media Contact: Greg Aplin 6021 3042 or 0428 600 343

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Yes, you can't beat a good press release from a politician in the 12 months before an election. The reality is that the NSW government has either been opposed to, or totally incompetent in supporting, rail trails anywhere in this state. Add to that the fact that cycle tourism is a concept that NSW Country Rail is blind to and you have a state where the car is king and building more highways, freeways and toll roads is seen as progress. I have travelled to cycle rail trails in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia plus overseas and would dearly love to do similar holidays in NSW but don't hold much hope. NSW is the ancestral home of the NIMBY.


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