Somerset riders want to see completion of the rail trail

PASSIONATE: Leisa Cornford (Ottaba llamas), Paul Heymans, Graham Hayton, Ken Wilson and Rebekah Mircic (Ottaba llamas) hit the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail on the weekend.
PASSIONATE: Leisa Cornford (Ottaba llamas), Paul Heymans, Graham Hayton, Ken Wilson and Rebekah Mircic (Ottaba llamas) hit the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail on the weekend. Tom Threadingham

RIDING with bikes and walking with llamas is all in a day's work when you've got a passion for the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT).

A bunch of people are riding the BVRT end to end in a campaign to get the full trail completed.

Currently 70km of the trail is open starting at Wanora and the BVRT End-to-End riders have now completed five sections by riding from Esk to Toogoolawah on Saturday.

Ride spokesperson Paul Heymans said that section was highly symbolic as the Toogoolawah to Moore section was undeveloped.

"The Rail Trail just comes to an abrupt halt at the Toogoolawah cemetery," Mr Heymans said.

The end-to-end riders have raised a petition calling on Somerset Regional Council to apply for grant funding to complete the trail and were out in force with Ottaba llamas on Saturday to make a point.

"Walking with Ottaba llamas is one of the great tourist attractions of the region and a great day out for an urban family looking for something other than sitting in front of a PlayStation," Mr Heymans said.

"If the trail is completed from Wulkuraka to Yarraman it will encourage more people to stay overnight in the region and make us a destination for that kind of travel."

Mr Heymans said the day was overcast, but perfect conditions for cycling.

"Everyone participating in the BVRT ride agrees it's been a great adventure," he said.

"The number of riders joining us increases with every stage. We're seriously thinking about making it into an annual event."

If you want to get involved in the campaign, the final stage of the end-to-end ride from Yarraman to Moore (44km) will be on August 16.

Check out the Facebook page Passion for the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.

Topics:  rail trails somerset regional council

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