NSW Farmers column with Simone Norrie

CONCERNS: NSW Farmers’ Wagga Branch has met with Wagga to Ladysmith rail trail consultants, but remains deeply concerned.

CONCERNS: NSW Farmers’ Wagga Branch has met with Wagga to Ladysmith rail trail consultants, but remains deeply concerned.

With the news that the NSW Government has passed legislation to close a section of railway line between Rosewood and Tumbarumba that could make way for a rail trail, the NSW Farmers’ Wagga Branch remains deeply concerned and disappointed about the proposed Wagga to Ladysmith trail.

There is no doubt the majority of adjoining landholders are opposed to the proposal.

The proponent of the Wagga to Ladysmith trail - Wagga Rail Trail - was quick to welcome the passing of the legislation that could pave the way for the construction of the trail to Tumbarumba.

However, it is important to note that while this legislation could set a precedent for other rail corridors to be closed for the same purpose, it is not a given.

In short, this news does not mean there are less hoops to jump through in relation to other rail trails across the state.

Legislation to close the Wagga to Ladysmith rail line will have to be introduced into Parliament and will then go through a similar process to the Tumbarumba Bill before it is voted in as legislation.

Last month, NSW Farmers engaged in consultation with Hobart-based consultancy firm, Inspiring Place, who has been employed by Wagga Rail Trail to assemble the Strategic Directions Implementation Plan for the Wagga to Ladysmith trail.

As this consultation process moves forward, NSW Farmers hopes to further engage with and be involved in future meetings organised by the Wagga Rail Trail Inc and the NSW Government.

This participation will enable a broader perspective of thoughts and feedback on the rail trail.

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Simone Norrie is the South West Regional Services Manager for NSW Farmers.

If anyone in the Wagga community has any questions about NSW Farmers’ stance on the rail trail you are welcome to email me on the below email.

Her South West Region stretches to Hay and Griffith in the west, down to the Victorian border (including Leeton, Narrandera, Coleambally, Jerilderie, Berrigan, Bunnaloo and Deniliquin).

She now also covers Wagga Wagga up to Gundagai and down to Albury (including Tumut, Lockhart, Urana and everywhere in between).

You can contact Simone on 0427 773 495 or norries@nswfarmers.org.au

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