RIDING: South Burnett councillors Danita Potter, Roz Frohloff, Kathy Duff and Ros Heit get on their bikes on the South Burnett Rail Trail in Kingaroy.
RIDING: South Burnett councillors Danita Potter, Roz Frohloff, Kathy Duff and Ros Heit get on their bikes on the South Burnett Rail Trail in Kingaroy. Jessica McGrath

Council endorses study into proposed Proston rail trail

SOUTH Burnett Regional Council has endorsed a feasibility study to investigate a potential rail trail from Murgon to Hivesville to Proston.

The council received community requests, during their meeting on January 16, to apply for the Rail Trail Local Government Grants program for 100 per cent of the funding to investigate the proposed rail trail.

A council spokesperson said they would submit an application for funding from the grants program for a feasibility study into the potential trail.

"While these programs are community driven, council are the only body that can apply for the funding,” they said.

This study will also offer opportunity to debate the proposal.

The program is a $14 million allocation over four years to support eligible local governments to plan, design, and construct rail trails on disused state-owned corridors.

The program is structured in two parts, the first being a feasibility study and development plan, and the second being the design and construction.

The program is structured so the feasibility studies are supported 100 per cent by the state and projects are delivered on a 50/50 match funding basis.

"The study will look at all impacts of the proposed trail including biosecurity risks,” they said.

The study does not commit council to any future or ongoing actions.

"Careful consideration will be given to who is in control of the management of the corridor should the decision be made in the future to progress the trail after the feasibility stage,” they said.

If the rail trail network is expanded the whole of life costings will be considered for any potential council controlled asset.

The council looks forward to working with all stakeholders.