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It's time an enthusiastic local group revisited a plan to turn the closed railway line corridor between Molong and Yeoval into a rail trail opening it up for walkers and bike riders.
In the past Gladys Berejiklian, when she was transport minister, gave the plan the cold shoulder while Cabonne Shire Council had a look but caved in to complaints from adjoining landholders who didn't want people wandering past their properties.
Rail trails breathe life into country communities but we're being left behind.
A group in the Greenethorpe district want support for a rail trail between Greenethorpe and Grenfell on a disused branch from Koorawatha on the Blayney to Demondrille line that Cowra and Young councils hope could eventually be reopened.
But there's little chance the Greenethorpe branch would ever open again.
Cootamundra-Gundagai Council has re-allocated a budget of $100,000 for landholder consultations along the proposed Cootamundra to Tumblong rail trail.
It would become part of an eastern Riverina network including the 22km Tumbarumba to Rosewood rail trail that was opened last April after receiving a whopping $4.9 million from the NSW Government's Restart NSW fund and $800,000 from community grants.
Other Riverina trails planned are Batlow to Tumut and Wagga to Ladysmith.
Just think if the Molong rail trail was built.
We could strap on the backpack, fill the water bottle and head off to Cumnock and Yeoval for a coffee or cold beer and sandwich.
We could make friends along the way before walking back knowing we'd done our part in helping turn the closed railway line into a sustainable tourist attraction.
And there's lots of scenery to look at. Old railway bridges built in the 1920s, rusty cars dumped in paddocks and cows and sheep.
What better way to spend a weekend?
This article first appeared on www.centralwesterndaily.com.au
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