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Rail Trail fast tracked to connectivity

 

A walking, hiking, and riding trail from Yarrabilba to Logan Village has officially opened to the public, providing a direct link between our expanding community and the popular Logan Village Green.

Extending through natural bushland, the 2.5m wide asphalt pathway from Buxton Park via Blossom Street, has been designed as a shared pathway, perfect for exercising, relaxing and enjoying the natural environment.

The Rail Trail is built on the de-commissioned Bethania to Beaudesert rail corridor which is now a Logan City Council managed road reserve.

The trail features a watercourse crossing, flood mitigation, access-control bollards, and wayfinding and custom-designed entry signage.

The repurposed ironwork on the entry signs has designs originally crafted by local blacksmith Alan Ball for the old bandstand at the Logan Village Green.

Other parts of the ironwork include designs by local artists that reference the original train line, river barges, a nearby former WWII army base and local fauna and flora.

The $2.6 million project was a joint initiative of Logan City Council and the Queensland Government and included $2 million in funding from the Queensland Government’s Unite and recover Community Stimulus program.

The project also attracted $200,000 for the feasibility study and design stage from the Queensland Government’s Rail Trails Local Government Grants Program.

Council hosted a community consultation day in September 2020 at Logan Village to seek input from landowners and the community on the Rail Trail concept and design.

Economic Development Chair, Acting Mayor Jon Raven, said the Rail Trail was a priority project based on community feedback from the consultation day and a Council-hosted Logan Village Forum in 2018.

“The Rail Trail is an important link between the high-growth suburb of Yarrabilba and the shops, businesses and services in Logan Village,” Cr Raven said.

“It is expected to help boost the local economy while local residents can also use the rail trail for exercise, relaxing and enjoying the natural environment.”

City Lifestyle Chair and Division 4 Councillor, Laurie Koranski, said the Rail Trail and the recently completed Logan Village River Link shared pathway would help better connect the local community.

“Parks, trails and greenways are incredibly important to local residents.” Cr Koranski said. “Walkers and cyclists can now traverse a picturesque segment of the old Canungra spur line to connect the oldest and newest areas of our city.”

You can view more photos from the Rail Trail opening here