South Burnett Councillors Danita Potter, Roz Frohloff, Kathy Duff and Ros Heit use pedal power on the South Burnett Rail Trail.
South Burnett Councillors Danita Potter, Roz Frohloff, Kathy Duff and Ros Heit use pedal power on the South Burnett Rail Trail. Jessica McGrath

Funding secured for Proston rail trail feasibility study

SOUTH Burnett Regional Council has been awarded $48,000 under the State Government's $14 million Rail Trail Grants Program to undertake a feasibility study on establishing a rail trail route from Murgon to Proston.

But not everyone is happy with the move.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the project would investigate a potential rail trail along the disused rail corridor connecting Murgon, Hivesville and Proston, to encourage more visitors.

"Rail trails support active, healthy lifestyles, allow for the innovative use of disused infrastructure and help preserve and manage the environment," Mr Bailey said.

"That's why we allocated $14 million between 2017-18 and 2020-21. To help councils build walking, bike riding and horse riding trails on disused state and local government rail corridors."

The South Burnett Regional Council has been awarded the funding after submitting a successful expression of interest.

South Burnett Regional Council Mayor Keith Campbell said he would like to congratulate Transport and Main Roads for this initiative.

"This funding assists councils across Queensland to undertake the necessary studies to help make an informed decision on behalf of their community," Cr Campbell said.

The program has been structured in two parts consisting of first a feasibility study, and then a trail development plan.

This will be followed by the design and construction of the trail.

Although the council has proposed the project in order to encourage more tourists to visit Proston, not everyone has been in support of the initiative.

Property owners from Mondure, Hivesville and Proston have previously raised concerns about biosecurity issues, privacy issues, security issues and maintenance costs to the South Burnett ratepayers.

If the proposed Proston rail trail follows the original railway line, it will run straight through properties or along their boundary lines.

A Mondure landowner also expects he will have to close down his dairy if the rail trail goes ahead on his land.

Tourists bringing horses and dogs along the rail trail through the area would also raise tick-line issues. The properties along the old railway line are in 'dirty country' since the tick line was moved closer to Kingaroy.