Work has been completed on the draft of the Feasibility Study for the proposed Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail.
The study focussed on whether a rail trail along the entire 273km disused railway (between Calliope and Gayndah – in Queensland) was a viable and worthwhile idea, or whether the Council’s involved should instead concentrate on developing shorter sections.
An assessment of the entire corridor was made and the 273km was broken down into around 30 discrete sections. Each section was individually assessed according to a set of criteria developed by Mike Maher. The result was that a wide discrepancy occurred between the ‘best’ sections and the ‘worst’ sections. Costs of developing each recommended trail were presented to each Council.
Likely visitor numbers were calculated for the recommended set of trails and their expected expenditure patterns were also determined.
Based on user numbers and their spending, compared with the expected costs of developing the trail(s), a decision was made on whether the Council(s) should proceed with the trail(s) project.