The Wagga Rail Trail Committee is a diverse group of Wagga people who share a common understanding of what we want for our community in the future. They have worked hard to create a shared vision for the Wagga Rail Trail and are incredibly passionate about together, making this project happen.
Chair of Wagga Rail Trail Inc.
Born in Wagga, Lisa is an avid traveller and outdoor enthusiast, with long distance cycle touring, walking and golf her great loves.
Having extensively toured Australasia, Asia and Europe by bike, Lisa became passionate about the social, health and lifestyle benefits of rail trails by spending thousands of kilometres in the saddle on her travels through more than 30 countries.
It’s no surprise that a folding bike is her accessory of choice, as a means of transport, a way of exploring new places and a preserver of sanity!
With qualifications in Agricultural Science and a career spent working with rural communities in the environmental and energy sectors, she is well qualified to lead the Wagga Rail Trail Community Engagement Team.
She currently teaches part-time, which she fits in around cycling, travelling and studying French language.
Despite her travels, Lisa still proudly calls Wagga Wagga home and is passionate about building a lasting gift for the city through the creation of the Wagga Rail Trail.
Growing up on the property her family has farmed for more than 100 years, Samantha Brunskill has a rich connection to Wagga and knows better than the most the value of exploring what’s right on our doorstep.
Leading the Wagga Rail Trail Marketing Committee, Samantha believes that the project will help the city develop a stronger identity with opportunities for both economic growth and community connection.
As General Manager of Brunslea Park, Samantha seeks to create Wagga’s most family friendly community. She sees the inclusive nature of the Wagga Rail Trail as a win for all residents of Wagga, as it will provide new opportunities for people to choose an active lifestyle.
Having lived with a mental illness for five years, Samantha knows the positive benefits staying fit and healthy can have on one’s mental wellbeing. She has recently become interested in cycling and triathlons and has added riding all Australian rail trails to her bucket list.
Seeing the Wagga Rail Trail to fruition will be the perfect outcome for Samantha, who wants to realign Wagga with the ‘City of Good Sports’ idea and lose the tag of ‘the fattest region in NSW’.
Paul Johanson was born and raised in Griffith. He and his wife Lesley have lived in Wagga for more than 35 years and raised their three children here.
Paul is an accomplished marathon runner, kayak paddler and cyclist. When he retired from competitive marathon running he developed a passion for mountain biking and he can be found most weekends on the trails of Pomingalarna.
As an expert mountain bike (MTB) trail designer and builder, Paul is well qualified to lead our Trail Development Team. Paul spent his career as a Pavement and Materials Tester with Roads and Maritime Services (formerly RTA), from which he recently retired.
Paul has a long involvement in advocating for cycleways and cycling infrastructure in Wagga Wagga. He is a founding member of Wagga Road Runners, Inaugural President of Bicycle Wagga Wagga and current President of Mountain Bike Wagga.
He is a passionate about families leading a healthy, active lifestyle and when not pounding the bush trails, Paul can often be found on the Lake Albert pathway teaching his grandchildren to ride their bikes and enjoy the outdoors.
Ken Lansdown is well known around Wagga Wagga as a former Agriculture and Science teacher, having taught at Mount Austin High School for many years.
Throughout his life, Ken has always ridden a bicycle to work and for exercise and still enjoys riding his bike each day. He has introduced many others to the joy of cycling and believes it’s not only an activity to keep you fit, it also helps to keep you socially active as well.
Ken has participated in a number of other sports, including tennis, and is a committee member of the Wagga Tennis Association. He’s also a member of the Wagga Highland Pipe Band and can often be seen (and heard!) playing the bagpipes at various events around town, including the annual Anzac Day parade.
Enjoying his retirement, Ken loves being a volunteer driver for Wagga Community Transport and having more time to cycle and fish from his kayak. He looks forward to using the Wagga Rail Trail to regularly cycle to Ladysmith with his mates.
Ken joins Wagga Rail Trail Inc as Secretary.
Kerrie Cullis moved to Wagga 30 years ago and raised her three children here.
Always an active person, Kerrie has been involved in a number of sports in town, including junior soccer, women’s soccer and squash, which she has played competitively since childhood.
Having ridden many rail trails across Australia, Kerrie joined Wagga Rail Trail Inc because she’s passionate about supporting new ways for people to be active in the great outdoors.
Kerrie is also very interested in the safety aspects of rail trails for commuters. She hopes to encourage families to walk or cycle the Wagga Rail Trail to get to shops, schools and sporting facilities, and that many people will choose to use the trail to get to work, instead of always opting to drive.
With a love of cycling, pilates and travel, Kerrie is a Lecturer in Mathematics and Statistics at Charles Sturt University and well qualified to take the reins as Treasurer.
Cristy Houghton was born in Henty and grew up in Wagga and Albury before moving to Melbourne for 10 years, with her husband James.
Returning to Wagga 6 years ago, Cristy now runs her own marketing, graphic design and website agency and has a broad skill set which she enjoys using to support fantastic causes.
With an early career in radio as a copywriter and creative strategist, Cristy is a Jill-of-all-trades as a graphic designer, website builder, blog writer, video editor, social media manager, marketing strategist and more.
Having travelled extensively throughout Australia and overseas, Cristy understands the unlimited potential for tourism and regional development and is committed to helping Wagga progress as a vibrant, innovative, forward-thinking community.
A fan of the great outdoors, Cristy has run the Wagga Trail half marathon, the Ganmain Triathlon and enjoys trekking throughout the region with her dog, Panda.
The following people are making a valuable contribution to the work of our Committee.
David Glastonbury is a retired academic and the author of the User Group and Benefit Study of the Wagga Rail Trail.
With qualifications in Agricultural Science and Farm Business Management, David has a particular interest in the economic appraisal of capital investment projects and is passionate about the development of rural communities as connected places that are great places to live, work and play.
Making significant contributions to the Riverina region in his roles as Chair of the Riverina Regional Advisory Council, Deputy Chair of Tourism Wagga Wagga, Chair of Personnel Employment Network and Director of Kurrajong Waratah, David is a lifelong enthusiast in the sport of canoeing, cycling and rugby union and believes in
creating opportunities for passive recreation in regional areas.
Having cycled many trails in Australia and around the world, David understands the benefits recreation trails bring to communities. He was involved for four years with the community committee working to establish the Riverina Highlands Rail Trail from Wagga to Tumbarumba.
One half of Frank & Earnest, local communications consultants and the team behind We Are. Wagga Wagga, Peita’s love affair with the written word began early in life and has served her well in a career spanning journalism, editing, advertising, philanthropy and B2B marketing.
Having worked across media, marketing and publicity for two decades, Peita has a wealth of experience in communications strategy and campaign development
Interested in what it takes to build a movement around a cause, Peita lends her experience to the Wagga Rail Trail project because she is passionate about regional living and believes the people of Wagga Wagga deserve a vibrant, liveable city.