RUMBLING ALONG: Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail members met at Monto Railway Station last Friday.
RUMBLING ALONG: Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail members met at Monto Railway Station last Friday. Alex Treacy

'We can't do a bloody thing': Rail trail wait continues

BOYNE Burnett Inland Rail Trail Committee president Mark McLachlan said numbers at meetings were "starting to drift” as delays in receiving an access license for the trail continued.

But Mr McLachlan said he was heartened by the "amazing traffic” the group's website had received.

Committee members met to discuss the project at the Monto Railway Station last Friday.

The president said he believed the access licence would come after railway line and sleeper recycling firm Denpaq, which is near Golembil in the Boyne Valley finished clearing the physical line on behalf of Queensland Rail.

QR will then hand over the section of rail to the Department of Transport and Main Roads, which will grant the licence.

"We can't do a bloody thing,” Mr McLachlan said.

"But we're pleased we are getting close to where we can do something.”

Kalpowar Tunnels is one of three sections a feasibility study into the rail trail recommended be developed, the others being Awoonga Lake and Burnett River Bridges from Mundubbera to Mt Debateable.

Mr McLachlan also expressed "disappointment” at Gladstone Regional Council which declined to appoint a representative to a proposed management committee suggested by BBIRT.

A council spokeswoman said the decision did not reflect a desire to cease working closely with BBIRT on the project.

Gladstone Councillor Desley O'Grady, who is patron of the project, said Mayor Matt Burnett was still "keen as mustard” on the rail trail and reminded the meeting council had declared it a major council project, so it's "not going to go away”.

Elsewhere, BBIRT is consolidating its position ahead.

Its website now includes business listings for enterprises along the rail trail which have agreed to sponsor the project, and Cr O'Grady is looking into design options for an official shirt.

Queensland Rail and Denpaq were both contacted for comment.


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