Historic Rail Trail extension
A 15km extension to the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) from Blackbutt to Yarraman will make it the longest rail trail in the country, bringing it to 161km.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government Paul Lucas said a plan of the new section would be launched at a working bee on Friday to clear the flood-hit old Yarraman station grounds, which will become the new trail head.
BVRT steering committee chairman and Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt said the working bee would take place at the old station grounds at the Yarraman Heritage Centre on Millar Street from 9am to noon. Anyone willing to lend a hand is welcome.
At 1pm an information session on the opportunities the trail will provide the local Yarraman community will be presented by the Department of Local Government and Planning (DLGP).
“Yarraman Station was the rail line's original terminus, so extending it to the old station grounds will create a historically fitting trail head,” Mr Lucas said.
“Apart from opening up more of the region for the community to enjoy, the extension will bring added tourism and economic benefits to the region.”