The Implementation Plan Has Begun!
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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: Reviewing project information and meeting with the Wagga Rail Trail project team and Wagga Wagga City Council.
Inspiring Place is a Hobart-based consultancy which has been engaged through funds received via our successful crowd funding campaign, to develop the trail implementation plan with a strong emphasis on community consultation. The firm was specifically chosen due to their considerable experience and strong track record in trail planning, adventure recreation, community engagement and nature based tourism.
In a meeting between council staff, Inspiring Place and the Wagga Rail Trail project team, Mayor Cr Greg Conkey gave his full support for the Wagga Rail Trail project.
"Public submissions on Wagga's Integrated Transport Study have been supportive of more cycle networks around the city including that of a Rail Trail link to Forest Hill."
"I haven't seen anybody who is objecting to those facilities taking place, so it's a no-brainer." said Mayor Cr Conkey.
April's visit was the first of four over the coming months, which will see Inspiring Place conduct community consultation, prepare an implementation plan, comprise a strategic directions report, plan the route with indicative costing, and present the plan to stakeholders and the community.
The Wagga Rail Trail project team is excited to see this project progress and looks forward to achieving the next milestone of the implementation plan.
Inspiring Place will return in June for phase 2, which will see extensive discussion with stakeholders to ensure that the best outcome is achieved for all involved, with a trail that will benefit our entire community and visitors to the region.