Focus on the ‘Long Haul’ in Tail Trail Plan
It’s still only early days in the push to get the Wagga Rail Trail project over the line and it’s a case of slow and steady wins the race, according to the group’s chairwoman.
The project received a boost of support on the back of its official launch last week, which revealed plans to turn the disused rail corridor between Wagga and Ladysmith into a recreational path for residents, but Lisa Glastonbury is in it for the long haul.
“Our strategy is very clear,” Ms Glastonbury said. “We’ve got a steady course with the aim to raise the money needed (for the study).”
She said there was “a big surge” of memberships and more people visiting the project’s website.
The committee will keeping pushing to raise money for a $65,000 development plan into the disused rail line.
“We will continue to build support and encourage people to become members,” Ms Glastonbury said.
Two Wagga councillors came out against the project, saying it would be too costly and intrusive to landholders along the corridor.
Parklands Albury Wodonga community ranger Ant Packer knows the ups and downs of getting a rail trail up and running.
She was a part of getting the trail, which stretches from Wodonga to Tallangatta, operational.
“We had one particular farmer (on the Tallangatta line) that had signs up protesting the rail trail for 15 years – but even he helped with fencing; he’s been co-operative,” Ms Packer said. “It has brought this community together – neighbouring farmers who had never met became close due to this project.”
Ms Glastonbury said at the launch of the campaign the trail would be developed for the people of Wagga.
“Although visitors will undoubtedly enjoy the trail, its viability is not dependent upon attracting them,” Ms Glastonbury said.
Anyone interested in finding out information on plans for the rail trail can drop in to the Wagga Visitors Information Centre, or go to www.waggarailtrail.com.au