Feasibility study advocacy

Is the rail trail a good idea? Well, yes of course it is – but how good an idea is it? How much will it cost? In what ways will it impact all the communities along the line? How can it be built? What business opportunities will arise from the trail? Where will it go exactly?

We need to secure something in the order of $70,000 to fund a top-quality and thorough feasibility study to answer these questions and more.

Before any government will provide funding (we’re estimating about $15 million all up) to build the Castlemiane Maryborough Rail Trail they will need to see two things. One is significant community support and the other is a cold, hard and objective feasibility study. Feasibility studies identify the likely costs, risks and benefits of potential projects. Hopefully, and we’re quite confident of this, a study will show that the trail’s social and economic benefits outweighs it’s costs. It can also look at more specific options like the route, build stages, related infrastructure such as rest stops, toilets and plantings, and local remediations for bridges and embankments to make them safe. We will be looking to the shires of Mt Alexander and Central Goldfields to share the cost of the study.