BUILT TO LAST: The Humphrey Bridge will be one of the many attractions along the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail.
BUILT TO LAST: The Humphrey Bridge will be one of the many attractions along the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail. Gregory Bray

Rail trail group finds positives from council call

PROPONENTS are taking positives from a recent six-point resolution handed down by North Burnett Regional Council in regard to the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail.

NBRC met on March 20 - one day after Gladstone Regional Council did the same thing - to discuss its involvement with the project, particularly the Burnett River Bridge section of the corridor.

One of NBRC's resolutions was to "reiterate that council is not in a position to fund any potential capital and maintenance cost as identified in the BBIRT Final Report”.

However a further two resolutions stated that "council will act as a channel for community groups to access the Queensland Cycling Action Plan and Program Funding” and "support community groups to enter into an agreement with Department of Transport and Main Roads for the rail corridor directly”.

BBIRT Inc president Mark McLachlan took this as positive.

"It's good they've said they're willing to act as a channel for community groups to access QCAP and funding programs ... that point says they'll be involved so that's a good thing for the bridges trail near Gayndah,” Mr McLachlan said.

"I think at the moment it's all positive. I see the response from both councils as exactly what was needed at the moment.

"GRC hasn't included this in their funding but they've included the preparation work in their operational plan and that's a step further than North Burnett.”