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Rail trails are being promoted by a state government standing committee, investigating ways to grow tourism.
Committee chairwoman, Liberal MP Natasha Maclaren-Jones, says the committee is recommending the government allow disused rail corridors to be developed into rail trails.
The finding is line with the Wagga City Council's recent renewed new push to support developing the disused Ladysmith line, despite ongoing landholder concerns.
Ms Maclaren-Jones says rail trails are a way forward for tourism.
"We've made the suggestion of using disused rail corridors for rail tracks and for opportunities for using rail for tourism," she said.
"We've also made a recommendation in relation to national parks and opportunities to open that up further for accommodation and also opportunities for fossicking as well."
We've made the suggestion of using disused rail corridors for rail tracks and for opportunities for using rail for tourism. We've also made a recommendation in relation to national parks and opportunities to open that up further for accommodation and also opportunities for fossicking as well.
Inquiry Chairwoman, Natasha Maclaren-Jones
There is also interest in developing rail lines around Tumbarumba and Gundagai into rail trails.
Ms Maclaren-Jones says it's now up to the state government whether it takes the recommendation on board.
"The process is that the government has up to six months to respond to the recommendation," she said.
"In that recommendation we are actually suggesting that they allow it.
"Obviously they will need to look at the feasibility and the opportunities of where that can occur and then they'll report back."
Wagga Wagga City Council representatives will meet with the state government later this month to discuss the rail trail concept.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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