Landholders not on board the Wagga Rail Trail proposal

NOT ON OUR LAND: Local farmers Doug Cotterill, George Brown, Bryce Miller and Rick Martin have previously voiced concerns.
NOT ON OUR LAND: Local farmers Doug Cotterill, George Brown, Bryce Miller and Rick Martin have previously voiced concerns.

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NSW Farmers and landholders say their concerns have not been met Wagga Rail Trail’s $10 million proposal for a 21-kilometre track between Ladysmith and Wagga.

Roughly four kilometres of the mapped trail runs through Daryl Schipp’s property. 

Mr Schipp said though his objections were given “lip service” in the report, it doesn’t provide answers. 

Wagga Rail Trail's "preferred route". Source: Wagga Rail Trail.

Wagga Rail Trail's "preferred route". Source: Wagga Rail Trail.

He said foot and tyre traffic through his property is of grave concern. 

“I have to log who’s traversing my property as part of new state total biosecurity measures,” Mr Schipp said. 

The report provides a risk assessment and proposed ‘control measures’ for managing the spread of disease, most of which detail the cleaning of boots of changing clothing. 

A segment of the report's Biosecurity Control Measures table

A segment of the report's Biosecurity Control Measures table

“How can I do that? Set up a washing station at each end of my property for people to rinse strollers and their feet?” Mr Schipp said. 

NSW Farmers Wagga branch president Alan Brown said he believes community support for the project has been overstated. 

“It’s a divisive, poor project effecting a considerable number of farmers,” Mr Brown said. 

Mr Brown said NSW Farmers will not give up the fight for the project to be dropped.

“The corridor itself isn’t suitable for use, only 38 per cent of the distance uses the actual rail corridor.” 

Rail trail committee chair Lisa Glastonbury rejected the criticism. 

“The report thoroughly identified, analysed and proposed mitigation measures for landholders’ concerns,” she said. 

“These concerns have been managed effectively elsewhere and we look forward to the Tumbarumba Rosewood Pilot and seeing how these issues are managed there.” 

Feedback on the revised plans can be submitted here until October 13.