Queensland Government moves rail trail funding to royalties

Funding for rail trails will now be managed as part of Queensland's Royalty to the Regions program.
Funding for rail trails will now be managed as part of Queensland's Royalty to the Regions program.

THE Queensland Government has changed its approach to fund rail trails.

Nanango MP Deb Frecklington has advised the "Passion for Brisbane Rail Trail Group" the $3.5m funding had now been been integrated into the Royalties for the Regions program, and will allocated between 2014 and 2018.

"Regarding proposals and applying for the funding, local governments are responsible for applications through Royalties for the Regions," Ms Frecklington said.

"The Queensland Government are extremely supportive of recreational rail trails and want to extend and enhance the state's network of rail trails."

Ms Frecklington said $951,000 had already been allocated to the South Burnett Regional Council for the Theebine-Kingaroy Rail Trail.

"The Department has indicated that as they gauge interest from Councils going forward, this amount may increase in further rounds of R4R," she said.

The Brisbane Rail Trail Group are requesting Somerset Regional Council to apply for funding for the "missing link" of the trail between Toogoolawah and Moore.

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