Supporters of the Wagga Rail Trail plan are welcoming government approval of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood route.
Legislation has been passed by the state parliament to close a section of disused railway line, clearing the way for the construction of a 21-kilometre rail trail in what will be a first for NSW.
Lisa Glastonbury, chair of Wagga Rail Trail Inc, has welcomed the move, saying “the rail trail concept has now been brought into law in NSW, setting a precedent for the future establishment of a network of trails”.
“The NSW government has set in place a process to ensure that valuable rail corridors remain in public ownership, allowing them to be adapted for use by local communities.”
“Our planning has shown significant support for the Wagga Rail Trail with our local community seeking access to safe trails for recreational walking, running and cycling.
“We look forward to sharing the Strategic Directions & Implementation Plan with the Wagga community in August, as the next stage in the development of the Wagga Rail Trail.”
The Tumbarumba-Rosewood corridor is expected to be declared a crown reserve with Snowy Valleys Council appointed to oversee the trail development.