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Surveys show big love for Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

SURVEYS about a proposal to seal a cycleway along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail between Somerset and Ipswich have received a huge response with more than 1,500 reported submissions.

Published: 22nd November 2019

SURVEYS about a proposal to seal a cycleway along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail between Somerset and Ipswich have received a huge response with more than 1,500 reported submissions.

A Somerset Regional Council online survey which received responses from as far afield as Melbourne and Cairns was complemented by a Fernvale business-house survey, with both showing strong views about the proposal.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said 76 per cent of the online survey respondents lived outside the region.

“A total of 367 people expressed negative views about the proposal, while 133 were in favour,” Cr Lehmann said.

“The local business-house survey showed significant support for the proposal, with 667 in favour and 357 against.

“Somerset’s population will hit about 34,000 people in the next 10 years or so, and council is here to represent the current and future interests of residents of the Somerset Regional Council area.

“The trail is a State Government asset and Somerset residents rightfully expect they should have safe transport connections like the rest of South-East Queensland.

“You cannot safely ride a bike on State Highway 17 from Fernvale.”

Councillor Lehmann said council had previously completed the Toogoolawah to Moore section of the trail under a construction licence from the state using external funding.

“Council built this section of the rail trail to a high standard, which has been recognised with major national engineering awards, and the state maintains it,” Cr Lehmann said.

“We will seek a similar 10-year construction licence from the state for the Fernvale to Pine Mountain section of the trail, during which time we will pursue external funding to seal the section.

“Ipswich City Council already has state approval to seal the trail north to Bailey Road at Pine Mountain as part of its Brassall Bikeway network.”

 

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