$14 million pledged to upgrade rail trails

OPEN: Jason Cooper and Rachel Chambers at the Gayndah Heritage Railway Rail Trail.
OPEN: Jason Cooper and Rachel Chambers at the Gayndah Heritage Railway Rail Trail. Adam McCleery

THE Labor Party has pledged more than $14 million dollars to upgrade rail trails across the Callide region if re-elected.

The additional funding would go towards building walking, cycling and horseriding trails on disused rail corridors.

The rail trails with the potential for some funding in the North Burnett are Mundubbera and Gayndah.

Callide candidate Darren Blackwood said the funding would be available over the next four years to transform disused railway corridors into active rail trails.

"Rail trails support active, healthy lifestyles, contribute to environmental preservation and management and boost tourism,” Mr Blackwood said.

"This will also create jobs by making our regions attractive destinations for active tourism in our beautiful climate and pristine landscapes, taking advantage of Queensland's tourism boom.”

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said a re-elected Labor government would partner with local governments to develop rail trails in their communities.

"Councils will be able to use the funding to plan, design and construct rail trails,” Mr Bailey said.

"A great example of how a disused rail corridor has been transformed for the community is the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT).

"We've previously allocated $1.8 million dollars to contribute to the construction of the final section of the trail between Toogoolawah and Moore.

"When completed it will stretch about 160km between Yarraman and Wulkuraka in southeast Queensland.

Topics:  announcements gayndah rail trails labor party mundubbera rail trail qld election state funding

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