Coverty Creek Community Development and Social Club treasurer Julie Chippindale, president-secretary Gavin Muirhead and member Desiree Jaefcoate are happy with the decision to apply for funding for the Proston Trail feasibility study.
Coverty Creek Community Development and Social Club treasurer Julie Chippindale, president-secretary Gavin Muirhead and member Desiree Jaefcoate are happy with the decision to apply for funding for the Proston Trail feasibility study. Jessica McGrath

Potential Proston game changer seeks funding

FURTHER community consultations for the Proston Trail will take place now feasibility study funding has been sought.

Coverty Creek Community Development and Social Club treasurer Julie Chippindale said the group, who had proposed the trail, was very happy with the South Burnett Regional Council's decision.

"I do believe this will be a game changer for Proston and it is something Proston desperately needs," she said.

The council approved of an application for funding to the Rail Trail Local Government Grants program for a rail trail feasibility study for a potential rail trail from Murgon to Hivesville to Proston during their meeting on January 16.

"This is just the start, without it we couldn't apply for funding," Ms Chippindale said.

This follows the club's community meeting in Proston to gather feedback on the proposed trail on January 8.

"That was the point of the meeting, informing the public of how we can garner support of council to secure funding," she said.

The club said if the trail went ahead, it was hoped it would be horse-friendly.

They plan to keep costs down by not initially paving the trail, encouraging horse riders to use the trail.

Ms Chippindale said the trail would also be smooth enough for bike riders to use.

The Coverty Creek Club was always aware ratepayers would have other priorities such as getting the roads fixed.

"It was never going to be ratepayer funded, we were hoping it would be funded through federal grants for tourism infrastructure," she said.

The club also plans to do fundraising throughout the community for the project if it went ahead after a feasibility study.

They will continue consultations with people, including any farmers and ratepayers who are worried about the impact of the trail.

"Any concerns farmers have I'm sure we can come up with a mutual desirable outcome, mutually satisfactory outcome," Ms Chippindale said.

"We haven't discounted going around some farms."