Media release | 8 April 2020
The first NSW Government-funded rail trail has officially opened at Tumbarumba providing a recreation and tourism asset for the region.
The 21km Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail, a walking and cycling trail that runs through a non-operational railway corridor, is a pilot for the State and a working model for future rail trails.
Snowy Valleys Council received $5.7 million for the project from the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure fund and Round Two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities grants.
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment - Crown Lands assisted with the project. The rail corridor was transferred from Transport for NSW to Crown Lands which created a reserve and then appointed Snowy Valleys Council to manage the corridor as a recreational rail trail.
Member for Albury Justin Clancy joined Snowy Valleys Council Mayor James Hayes, Councillor Julia Ham, the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail committee and others to officially open the rail trail via Facebook video.
The opening represented the culmination of years of planning and work by the local council, government agencies, local members of parliament, community groups Riverina Highlands Rail Trails Inc team and the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail Committee and Historical Society, and community volunteers.
“This moment truly belongs to all those here who have worked so hard for so long to make this day a reality. I am pleased to represent the Premier of NSW Gladys Berejiklian who has been a strong supporter of the project," Mr Clancy said.
“The successful completion of this project will I hope unlock the opportunity for further projects in Tumbarumba that cement it is as the outdoors destination for NSW, as well as further rail trails across the state."
The Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail will provide a quality recreation asset that is expected to be a huge drawcard for cyclists, walkers, families, rail enthusiasts and tourists to the region.
The multipurpose sealed trail showcases the region’s natural assets while also preserving and highlighting local rail history. It includes interpretative and informative signage to guide visitors as well as seating for visitors to rest and recover or just take in its views. The trail has been designed to also be suitable for prams, wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
Snowy Valleys Council Mayor James Hayes expected the asset to attract rail trail enthusiasts from across Australia and around the world.
“This rail trail will significantly enhance the Snowy Valleys as a cycling destination and complements existing and future cycling developments across the region including our mountain bike trails and roadside cycling," he said.