NORTH EAST RAIL TRAIL

Together we can build an iconic tourism experience and local transport corridor

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The problem

The disused rail corridor is not being used to its potential

Converting the rail corridor to a recreational trail opens up opportunities for tourism businesses and locals to get more regular exercise for fun and transport between towns.

Converting the long disused railway line from Launceston to Herrick in north-east Tasmania into a shared recreation trail for riders and walkers has been a dream for locals and cycle tourists for years.

With the popularity of mountain bike trails in nearby Derby, there is huge potential for riding trails for other riders, such as family members of the mountain bike riders. 

Scottsdale Rotary and volunteers have created Stage 1 of the North East Recreation Trail, a 26 km trail from Scottsdale to Billycock Hill.

This stage is set within impressive state forest, through 20 m high granite cuttings. In some sections the cuttings rise up 260 m, providing dramatic changes in vegetation and scenery.

On a clear day, unique vistas of the Furneaux Islands can be seen. The intention is to extend this stage to nearby Legerwood, to the popular picnic ground featuring wood carvings commemorating World War I veterans.

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NORTH EAST RAIL TRAIL NEWS

The North East Rail Trail should be extended from Scottsdale through to Lilydale Falls and then to Launceston if the rail group can’t get trains running in the next few years. 

North East Rail Trail work back on track

The Legislative Council has delivered its final report into the North East Rail Trail giving the state government’s compromise solution the thumbs up but trail...

North East Rail Trail inquiry nears end of line

Bicycle Network appeared at a Legislative Council inquiry hearing on Monday to support the case for extension of the North East Rail Trail from Scottsdale...

Rail Trail faces hurdle from parliament inquiry

The North East Rail Trail is the subject of a new parliamentary inquiry which could delay the start of work and potentially jeopardise federal funding...

North East Rail Trail gets green light to Lilydale  

he Tasmanian Government has given the green light to an extension of the North East Rail Trail, from Lilydale to Scottsdale, with both houses of...

The solution

Use the rail corridor to create Tasmania’s first multi-day rail trail.

A completed North East Recreation Trail will be a leading experience for the region, showcasing the natural and cultural heritage values of the area.

This next stage of the trail will provide a safe and more enjoyable offroad route for the summer touring cyclists who are currently forced to use the risky (and hilly) road network to access the east coast of Tasmania. 

It will provide an attractive new active recreation opportunity for locals and importantly, it will activate the local visitor economy by attracting the many rail trail loving riders from interstate and overseas.

 

CURRENT STATUS

  • Dorset Council needs to approve a development application before work can begin. 
  • Member for Bass Bridget Archer has announced she is working with the minister to replace federal funding for the rail trail as previous funding expired in December 2019. 
  • The Tasmanian Parliament passed legislation in late 2019 to permit Dorset Council to become the corridor manager to enable the rail trail. 
  • The Legislative Council reported in late 2019, supporting the government’s compromise plan for the corridor. 
  • The Legislative Council announced an inquiry into the rail trail in October 2018. 
  • The Dorset Council has been informed the rail trail will end at Lilydale Falls and a train will operate from Lilydale Falls.
  • The Tasmanian Government released a Treasury report in July 2018 recommending that the corridor be used for a rail trail between Scottsdale and Lilydale or Lalla.

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Collective action makes a difference. Join the campaign – together we can ensure Tasmania’s first multi-day rail trail gets built. 

Contact your local Legislative Councillor

Let our upper house MPs know you support the rail trail going ahead, and urge them to support the transfer of land manager.

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