Wanted: volunteers to mend trail
The generosity came in droves last week as volunteers gathered for a working bee on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) at Linville on Friday.
Member for Ipswich West, Wayne Wendt, said damage to the trail was extensive.
“Assessment of the damage to the BVRT during the recent floods is ongoing and the State Government is working in partnership with Councils to repair damage and reopen closed sections of the trail,” Mr Wendt said.
“Major damage has occurred to a number of bridges including the Redbank Creek Bridge at Esk and Emu Creek Bridge at Colinton and sections of the trail, like the Lowood to Coominya stretch, will be closed for at least three months.
“But there are other sections of the trail which we are keen to reopen as soon as possible and with the help of locals we could see some damaged sections reopen within weeks.
“At the same time, I must implore people not to venture along closed sections of the trail in the interests of personal and public safety,” Mr Wendt said.
Anyone keen to help is asked to bring rakes, gloves and walking boots to the Linville Trail Station at 7am on February 18 for a sausage sizzle breakfast.
Work on the trail commenced at 8am and cleared debris, plant trees and helped to re-establish vegetation.
Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe said the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail had been a catalyst for renewed business confidence, focus and action in the communities along the trail over the last three years with an estimated 30,000 users annually.
“Having witnessed the enduring community spirit of this region over the past few weeks, I have no doubt we'll see a serious turnout as locals fight back against the devastation of the recent floods,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“Sadly, every town along the Brisbane Valley rail corridor, from Yarraman to Wulkuraka, has been directly affected by recent floods with extensive stretches of landscape altered.
“Reconstructing and repairing the 160km Brisbane Valley Rail Trail will help restore the great economic and tourism benefits it brings to the local region.
“I congratulate the BVRT steering committee, trail users, BVRT Ambassadors, staff from the Department of Infrastructure and Planning and local volunteers on their clean up efforts to date.”
For further information on what sections of the BVRT are open now please visit www.dip.qld.gov.au or contact the visitor information centres in Ipswich, Fernvale, Blackbutt and Nanango.