Newsletters

MRT October Newsletter 2021

Rail trail development in NSW on track
The proposed Monaro Rail Trail (MRT) continues to attract high levels of local community and business support…
Some significant progress
$53,859 has been granted by the Boco Rock Community Enhancement Fund to MRT Inc to construct a precinct trail linking local cycling paths to the future rail trail head at Bombala…
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MRT February Newsletter 2021

The AGM and committee
At the November AGM there were several changes in key roles. Our long serving President Mary Walters stepped aside to be replaced by Ken Lister whose enthusiasm and experience will continue the early momentum of MRT…
Community participation
In December and January, the committee were out in the streets of Cooma and Bombala actively sharing information and gathering letters of support…
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MRT November Newsletter 2020

Hello rail trail supporters.
In our April newsletter we told you that one of the sticking points in our progress was the delayed release of the report on the return of the Monaro train service from Queanbeyan to Bombala. In September, the NSW Government released a summary which pointed out that the proposal would not be feasible. This, week John Barilaro MP, Deputy Premier for NSW and member for the Monaro commented that it will be important to “continue to preserve the rail corridor” and that it would be appropriate to “look at other uses for the rail line – groups using the cycle way for tourism”.
Where next for the Monaro Rail Trail?
One key meeting was with NSW Senator Jim Molan. He approached MRT for a meeting in September and from that meeting the committee decided to put in a submission for federal government funding of detailed planning studies such as the business case and a technical development plan.
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MRT April Newsletter 2020

Quick Catch-up
It has been a long time since we were last in contact but a lot has happened in that time. The summer fire season was quite stressful for many on the Monaro as uncontrolled fires closed in from all directions. Thankfully it was only around Bredbo and Michelago that one of the fires (spotting from the Namadgi National Park fire) emerged onto the Monaro plains.
Where next for the Monaro Rail Trail?
Assuming the rail corridor is not reopened to rail and that SMRC endorses the consultants report on the MRT proposal, then we are hopeful of forming a working group to advance the proposal. Several people with experience and enthusiasm have come forward to help with this.
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MRT Newsletter December 2019

MRT Committees Response to the Feasibility Study Submission to SMRC
Our position is that the report is well researched and that there are only a few areas that need addressing. One relates to selecting the trail starting point, logic says Queanbeyan but council politics may mean Michelago some 39km south of the Queanbeyan/Canberra centre.
What can you do?
The SMRC is calling for public comment on the rail trail feasibility report and comment closes on 22 January 2020. If you represent a business with a interest in the rail trail your comments are particularly welcome. The NSW Government takes particular note of community support when assessing rail trail proposals comment and so we encourage you to comment.
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President’s Report 2018-2019

TRC Pre-feasibility Study Submission to SMRC
The TRC report was presented to Peter Bascomb, the SMRC general manager. We aimed to get council involvement to move forward with the next stage of the full feasibility study. They had previously committed up to $75,000 for this study and on seeing the positive results of the TRC report council took over the responsibility for obtaining tenders for a larger study.
Community Consultation Forums
MRT committee members attended the open forums held by the consultants and SMRC both of whom were keen to engage with stakeholders, in particular, the rural landholders who are bordering the rail easement…
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May Newsletter 2019

Feasability Report Update
In March 2019 the SMRC endorsed a recommendation to fund a full feasibility study of the MRT proposal. The council recently appointed MHA and Transplan Pty as consultants to undertake this work…
Rail Trails in NSW
Wednesday 17 April was the long-awaited commencement date of work on the Highlands to Riverina rail trail. The first section of the trail is Tumbarumba to Rosewood…
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President’s Report 2017-2018

Community Awareness
Our awareness program continued this year with an emphasis on engaging with small business throughout the southern part of the Monaro…
Economic Benefits Study
A most significant move in recent months was the appointment of locally based tourism consultants TRC Pty Ltd to evaluate the economic benefits of the business case for the rail trail…
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June 2018

From the President
The committee has met monthly and have been setting plans and goals for the next six months and the exciting news is that in July we should be ready to launch our crowd funding effort to finance the first part of the feasibility study …
Monaro Rail Trail Commitee at Cooma Rotary Markets
These events create opportunities for the public to engage with us and discuss the proposal …

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December 2017

NSW Govt and rail trail tourism
Government handling of rail trail development has been less than heartening …
Regional govt and cycling tourism
Queanbeyan Palerang shire prepared a tourism strategy paper that supported rail trails …

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President’s Report 2016-2017

Awareness Campaign
Much work was done this year to raise the awareness of the MRT …
Interactions in Queanbeyan and ACT govts.
Andrew Carter and Cate Spencer have been working hard to make a presence in the ACT and Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) …
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Snowy Monaro Council Elections

Support for MRT
Committee members have met with candidates in the forthcoming election and formed a view on who best supports MRT …
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Phil Anderson Fund Raising Ride

This event has been cancelled due to an injury to Phil Anderson

Join Tour de France yellow jersey winner Phil Anderson on a family friendly fundraiser for MRT in Cooma on 26 August, followed by lunch in Cooma …
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January 2017

Rail trails in NSW
All rail trail proposals in NSW are likely to follow a development pathway set by a pilot case at Tumbarumba. …
Federal politics
In November, the MRT committee was given the opportunity to brief Dr Mike Kelly, Federal member for Eden Monaro. …
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September 2016

MRT Annual General Meeting
The first AGM and elections were held on 30 August at the Alpine Hotel Cooma …
The past 12 months
This has been a busy time for the committee as we inform the Monaro communities about the meaning and benefits of a recreational cycle way. …
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July 2016

Building community awareness
Informing people and communities along the route continues to be the focal point of our activities. …
Local council amalgamation
The three local councils on the Monaro have recently amalgamated to form the Snowy Monaro Council. This has meant …
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April 2016

The Monaro Rail Trail banner road show
February: Recent purchase of a pull up banner to promote our proposal has allowed the committee to visit communities along the route. …
Some significant meetings
In January we attended a meeting with the Cooma Monaro Council and as a result we have written a submission to the Council. …
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