If you've ever driven from Canberra to Cooma, and even beyond to other parts of the Monaro Region, you've probably noticed a significant amount of disused rail line, lying dormant and unused. It was this aspect that formed the catalyst for the idea - turning the unused track into a 204 kilometre walking and cycling trail, stretching from Canberra to Bombala.
After years of fundraising and dedication from the Monaro Rail Trail Committee, there dream is now a step closer with the release of the Feasibility Report. The report forcasts an additional $1 million injection into the local economy through business operations associated with servicing the trail.
Despite the significant fundraising and community support to date, there is still a long way to go to see the dream become a reality. The committee continues to work towards achieving this dream and this project could lead to other disused rail lines being converted into trails in the future.
If you'd like to support the project, details can be found at http://www.monarorailtrail.com.au/