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MOVES to stop old railway lines and infrastructure rusting into oblivion by turning them into sustainable tourism attractions have been getting the cold shoulder from the NSW Government, but there’s been a welcome breakthrough.
The NSW Upper House has just passed legislation to close 21 kilometres of unused line between Rosewood and Tumbarumba south of Wagga Wagga so it can be opened up as the first rail trail on a government corridor.
And the government has given the Snowy Valleys Council and the Riverina Highlands Rail Trail group $4.8 million to get it up and running.
Closer to home a group wants to open the 58-kilometre section of closed railway line corridor between Molong and Yeoval for a rail trail so people can walk, ride a bike or hop on a horse for weekend excursions.
But besides having to get government approval, Cabonne Shire Council wasn’t convinced of the benefits after copping complaints from adjoining landholders, so the plan went cold.
Just think if the rail trail is approved.
We could strap on the backpack, fill the water bottle and head off from Molong to Cumnock and Yeoval for a coffee or cold beer and a sandwich.
We could make friends with the cockies along the way before walking back home, kicking a ball or counting the sleepers, knowing we’ve helped turn the old railway line into a sustainable tourist attraction.
And there’s lots of scenery to see. Old 1920 railway bridges, rusty cars dumped in paddocks, cows and sheep and ramshackle farm sheds. What better way to spend a weekend?
This article first appeared on www.centralwesterndaily.com.au
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