Legislation has been passed by the NSW Upper House to close the railway line between Rosewood and Tumbarumba in the Riverina Highlands, and clear the way for 21km between towns to soon be available for bicycle riders.
This proposed rail trail will provide a wide range of uses and scenery and eventually be 160km in length.
It will range from the urban environment of NSW’s largest inland city of Wagga Wagga, through rich undulating farm land and up to the sub alpine areas of Tumbarumba and Batlow.
The local Tumbarumba Committee recently submitted an application to the NSW Minister for Transport via the local member Greg Aplin. The application was to get permission to allow a pilot trail to be built between Tumbarumba and Rosewood, a distance of approx 21km.
The application was submitted with over 200 letters of support from community leaders, businesses, organisations and citizens, to demonstrate to the government that there is overwhellming support from the local community for this project.
Another group from Wagga Wagga, calling themselves “Wagga Rail Trail Inc”, are currently working towards the development of a rail trail between Wagga Wagga and Ladysmith, a distance of approx 21km.
This section of trail goes past a large suburb of Wagga called Forest Hill, approximately 10km from Wagga Wagga railway station. It is envisaged that this section would become a well-used commuter path between the two locations.
At this stage, the Riverina Highlands Rail Trails will consist of three separate sections:
- Wagga Wagga to Ladysmith (21km).