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.

Well it's here.  (well almost)  Put the rail trial in your diary  Friday 3 April 200.  I'm genuinely excited by this.

Here's the email I received from Rail Trails NSW

"Roll up to help make this a great weekend!

Bring family, friends and neighbours.


Help celebrate the opening of the first pilot rail trail on a long-out of service, publicly owned, rural rail corridor.

The success of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood rail trail will influence the development of the next 2 pilot rail trails in NSW.

If you can't be there on the opening weekend, get there in the next 12 months!

Demonstrate that rail trails benefit regional communities.

Help this fire ravaged region NOW by bringing an EMPTY ESKY, big thirsts and bigger appetites.

Make sure you stop at nearby Tumut and especially hard hit BATLOW along the way.  

Buy a drink, get a meal and let people know you are on your way to the Tumba Rail Trail.

"The official opening is on Friday at 11.30am with speeches, ribbon cutting,

a celebratory parade down the first part of the rail trail followed by a BBQ.

Information stalls and displays ... ".

"Saturday 4 April is a family funday starting at 8.30am with brunch available

before riding/walking/scootering/running from the Figures Street site towards Rosewood.

Buses and bike trailers will be available to pick you up if you get too tired (may be a small fee involved).

Food, coffee vans and information stalls will be set up at Rosewood all day Saturday at the end of the rail trail and a market day at Gone Barny."

It's been a long journey, with several committee members working hard on this for nearly 18 years !

Let's enjoy the fruits of their labour while we bring good cheer by visiting their beautiful region.


We look forward to a great turn up on 3, 4 and 5 April !

See you there...

Tim Coen on behalf of everyone at 

Rail Trails for NSW "

Going down with a group from Bike Leichhardt. Staying in Tumut and going toTumba for the ride on Saturday. Accommodation in Tumut at the riversidecaravan park or hotels. Not sure about Tumba but could ring the info office in Tumut.


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