Logan VIllage residents urged to head to meetings to hear about rail trail progress

CAMPAIGN: Logan mayor Darren Ppwer, Waterford MP Shannon Fentiman and Friends of the Logan City Historic Recreation Trail secretary, Tony Sharp at a section of the trail.
CAMPAIGN: Logan mayor Darren Ppwer, Waterford MP Shannon Fentiman and Friends of the Logan City Historic Recreation Trail secretary, Tony Sharp at a section of the trail.

LOGAN Village residents have their say on a rail trail in their suburb at two upcoming public meetings.

Meetings about the development of the Bethania to Logan Village rail trail are on Saturday at 11am, and Monday at 4pm at the Bethania Community Centre on Station Road.

The meetings are hosted by the Friends of the Logan City Historic Recreation Trail, who hope to use them to bolster their numbers and support of the project.

They will give residents the chance to hear about the latest developments with the line.

The friends consist of a three-person committee and a handful of general members who want to see the trail made into a community asset.

They say their ideal trail would be compacted gravel, with creek crossings to save the cost of upgrading bridges along the route.

Chair Rob van Manen said the gravel was a simple approach which kept in line with the semi rural surroundings of the line.

The group's vision is for community and school groups to maintain sections of the route.

"A real community asset - something for the community to get behind," Mr van Manen said.

Secretary Tony Sharp said the trail was an ideal project to get behind for someone looking for something to do post COVID-19 restrictions.

"It's something solid and tangible, and they can see the results from it," he said.

Mr van Manen urged locals to attend the meetings and get behind the project.

He predicted plenty of interest from residents.

"There has been quite a bit of discussion surrounding these events," he said.

"There's a lot of interest in establishing a rail trail."

The meetings come after Logan City Council secured state funding to look at the feasibility of the 10 kilometre trail.

Council also pledged $1.25 million to the $2.5 million trail over the next two years from its 2020-2021 budget.

Mr van Manen said people attending would need to bring a mask, and register for the events to ensure COVID-19 guidelines were met.

Click here to register for Saturday's event.

To register for Monday's, click here

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