Stages 2, 3, and 4 of the Capricorn Coast Pineapple Rail Trail are moving closer towards becoming a reality for the community, with a planning and design project including a feasibility study soon to be completed.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said funding was awarded to Council for the project through the Queensland Government's Local Government Rail Trail Grants programme in late 2018.
“Council is now positioned to soon finalise the planning project which will guide the next three stages of the Rail Trail,” Mayor Ludwig said.
“When complete stages 2, 3 and 4 will extend the rail trail to Mt Chalmers, and take the overall length to 26 kilometres.
“The planning and design project has been guided by consultation with key stakeholders, adjoining landowners, and the wider community.
“Design works have incorporated bridge investigations and an environmental survey, to ensure successful delivery of this much-needed active recreation infrastructure which will not only benefit our community, but enhance opportunities for the local tourism and event sectors in strengthening our growing economy.
“Although these new stages will currently take the rail trail through to Mt Chalmers, Council is focussed on continuing it through to the boundary to Rockhampton at Nerimbera.
“Final construction costs will be confirmed with the completion of the planning and design project, and will be a significant step forward to making this project a reality.
“The Capricorn Coast community has already experienced hugely positive benefits from utilising the existing rail trail, allowing local communities and visitors to use it for walking, bike riding and/or horse riding. Rail trails support active, healthy lifestyles and contribute to environmental preservation and management.
“Council would like to acknowledge the keen interest and active input we’ve had from our local Member for Keppel, Brittany Lauga, as well as the Queensland Government for their funding support towards the feasibility study, which will provide more opportunities for residents to engage in active recreation across our region.”