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DORSET Council will keep $1.47m in federal funding for a heritage railway from Launceston to Lilydale after the original funding agreement for the project lapsed.
Federal MP for Bass Bridget Archer announced the North East Rail Trail would go ahead after a successful campaign for the council to keep the funding.
Ms Archer said she had advocated for the project after the original agreement expired because the council needed more time.
“The funding, now to be delivered through the Community Development Grants Programme (CDG), provides the Council and the community with certainty, assuring the project will go ahead,” she said.
Federal member for Bass, Bridget Archer. Picture: PATRICK GEE“This funding supports job creation and tourism, which is more important than ever, particularly as the region looks to recover from the economic challenges of COVID-19.”
Dorset Council confirmed its commitment to the construction of the North East Rail Trail project at its November 2018 meeting.
The Rail Trail operate between Coldwater Creek, just north of Launceston, and Lilydale and would join up with the existing 17km Scottsdale Rail Trail.
Council included a budget allocation in its 2020/21 Estimates with the hope of a the funding stream being available in the new financial year.
This article first appeared on www.themercury.com.au
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