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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Three’s a charm for the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010

    Three’s a charm for the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe has announced more than $20,000 funding has been granted to help three local community groups make the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) accessible to a wide range of interest groups.

    Mr Hinchliffe said the forward-thinking vision expressed by the successful applicants in the third round of the BVRT Community Partnerships Grants Program set them apart from the rest of the field.

    “These applicants successfully showed how their project would provide ongoing economic and community benefits; encourage community participation in development of the trail; provide activities around the trail; or improve quality of life for trail users; and will also offer employment opportunities for local construction and landscaping contractors,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    The successful round three applicants were:

    • Lowood Show Society

            Awarded $9,800 to upgrade stockyard facilities at the Lowood Showgrounds. The new horse stables on the Lindemann’s Road entrance will be closer to the existing loading ramps and make
            it easier for the horse trail riders and pony club members to enter the showgrounds to house their horses.

    • Blackbutt and District Pony Club

            Awarded $8,575 to upgrade fencing of the pony club area and holding yards to provide a safe area for horse activities. It will be available for use by users of the BVRT and club members.

    • Moore Soldiers Memorial Hall Association

            Awarded $5,065 to install a double-sided sign in the village of Moore as a centre point for the community and to reduce the amount of signage needed in the area.

    “The funding program is open to not-for-profit bodies, incorporated community organisations, local councils and tertiary institutions in South East Queensland,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “It provides grants of between $2,000 and $10,000 to help community groups deliver new rail trail projects such as community events, facilities and environmental works.

    “The trail is part of the state government’s investment in encouraging outdoor recreation and the protection of our environment in South East Queensland.

    “The implementation of the trail demonstrates how the state government through Growth Management Queensland is protecting more land for public recreation and is delivering sustainable outcomes for Queenslanders.

    Ipswich West MP Wayne Wendt welcomed the grants and said the BVRT would be an invaluable community resource for generations to come.

    “Recreational trails help boost the economies of rural communities by encouraging tourism and business opportunities,” Mr Wendt said.

    “They also provide Queenslanders with more opportunities to lead a healthy outdoor lifestyle, battle obesity and protect our unique landscape.”

    The BVRT recently celebrated the completion of 100km of trail – 70km from Wanora to Toogoolawah and 30km from Moore to Blackbutt – now open for bikers, hikers and horse riders.

    The 148km trail between Wulkuraka and Blackbutt is due for completion in 2010 and will be one of Australia’s longest continuous rail trails. It will retain many of the original rail tunnels and bridges including the heritage listed Lockyer Creek and Harlin Bridges and the Yimbin Tunnel.

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