An exciting step forward has been confirmed in the development of the Wagga Rail Trail. The first stage of the planned trail, a 10km section from Wagga to Forest Hill, will effectively be built by Wagga Wagga City Council as part of their Active Travel Plan.
The Wagga Rail Trail Strategic Directions and Implementation Plan that was commissioned earlier this year and presented to the Wagga community in September has been finalised and the feedback process concluded.
The disused rail line between Tumbarumba and Rosewood is set to be developed as the historic first rail trail in NSW.
This is welcome news for the Wagga Rail Trail proposal, as the rail trail concept has now been brought into law in this state, setting a precedent for the future establishment of a network of trails across NSW.
A huge number of people were recently recorded using the riverside walking track near the Visitor Information Centre, confirming that once it is developed, the Wagga Rail Trail will become a major community recreation facility.
The original line was a vision to connect isolated and pioneer rural communities of the time. The potential benefits of this line were considered so important and valuable that there was considerable community debate and support for alternative routes before the final route was agreed.
The Wagga Rail Trail committee is pleased to announce the official commencement of the Wagga Rail Trail implementation plan. It was our pleasure to welcome Adam Holmstrom and John Hepper of Inspiring Place to Wagga at the end of April, to begin phase one of the implementation plan.
The Wagga Rail Trail Committee is excited to announce a significant project milestone this month. Inspiring Place – a firm of urban planners and landscape architects, has been appointed to undertake the trail Implementation Plan.
The vivid green Superb Parrot is a special bird that nests in protected bushland close to the proposed Wagga Rail Trail route at Governor’s Hill. With less than 5000 breeding pairs left in the wild, it is an extremely vulnerable parrot, classified nationally as a Threatened Species.
Four members of the Wagga Rail Trail Committee recently attended a workshop to give feedback on the Wagga Wagga Integrated Transport Strategy (WWITS), which is broad plan for the future direction of transport infrastructure and services for Wagga Wagga for the next 30 years.
Last month our new Council voted unanimously to give in principle support for the Wagga Rail Trail. Mayor Greg Conkey put forward a Mayoral minute in favour of the project and spoke positively about the huge range of benefits that the trail could bring to Wagga.
Sitting in your car is bad for your physical health… and mental health too. Sitting in a car, on Kooringal Rd, Lake Albert Rd or the Sturt Highway n traffic for what feels like ages each day – sounds like great fun, doesn’t it?
Many trail supporters enjoyed the Gears n Beers Festival on the October long weekend, celebrating cycling, craft beer and cider. It was a great community event and attracted more than 1100 cyclists from Wagga as well as from across NSW and interstate.
Fifty-three candidates are standing for Wagga Wagga City Council and we have spoken directly with twenty-six candidates so far, clearly articulating the outcomes we are seeking from a newly elected Council.
Wagga Lake Run and Ride is a free community participation event for walkers, runners and cyclists. On Sunday 11th September, family groups, friends, sporting teams and serious fitness folk with all complete a 10km course through the streets of Wagga, finishing on the shores of Lake Albert.
The Wagga Wagga Trail Marathon and associated events was held on the weekend, starting and finishing at Wagga Beach. There was a host of events for runners, walkers and MTB riders, as well as a great after party!