Richmond Vale Rail Trail Consultation

The Richmond Vale Rail Trail is a proposed 32-kilometre cycling and walking track along the former Richmond Vale rail line between Kurri Kurri and Hexham, along the former Chichester to Newcastle water pipeline between Shortland and Tarro, and through the Hunter Wetlands National Park.

 Overview

The Richmond Vale Rail Trail is a proposed 32-kilometre cycling and walking track along the former Richmond Vale rail line between Kurri Kurri and Hexham, along the former Chichester to Newcastle water pipeline between Shortland and Tarro, and through the Hunter Wetlands National Park.

The shared pathway would provide a link for cyclists between Kurri Kurri, Tarro, Minmi and Shortland that would enable them to undertake journeys without having to ride on the Pacific Motorway, Hunter Expressway or New England Highway.

It would provide a great active transport choice for locals and visitors, passing through old railway tunnels and over bridges, amongst wildlife habitats and linking to Hunter Wetlands Centre.

It would also open up the Western section of the Hunter Wetlands National Park to the public and provide opportunities in the key growth areas of transport, tourism, recreation, heritage, and economic and social development.

The proposal is being put forward by Cessnock, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Councils, with funding contributions from the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Donaldson Conservation Trust, and project management through Newcastle City Council, assisted by consultancy GHD.

Most of the project requires an internal approvals process known as a review of environmental factors (REF). The section that travels through the Hunter Wetlands National Park requires the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) which is assessed by the Department of Planning and Environment, due to environmental sensitivities in that location.

Proposed Route

 

Community feedback

A series of community information drop-in sessions will be held to display the concept design for the proposed Richmond Vale Rail Trail shared pathway and information about the EIS and planning process, and to seek community feedback. We would like you to tell us the various things that you think we should be considering in the development of the project, including environmental impacts and project benefits.

Community information drop-in sessions

The project team will host four community information sessions. You are invited to drop-in and meet members of project team who will be there to explain the proposal and answer questions. You do not need to make a booking, simply drop by at any time between 4pm and 7pm.

Date Location Time
 Thursday 3 November 2016 Fletcher Community Centre, 55 Kurraka Drive Fletcher  4pm to 7pm
 Tuesday 8 November 2016 Beresfield Public School, 181 Anderson Drive, 4pm to 7pmBeresfield  4pm to 7pm
 Wednesday 9 November 2016 Kurri Kurri Business Enterprise Centre, 4pm to 7pmCorner of Barton and Merthyr Streets Kurri Kurri.  4pm to 7pm
 Thursday 10 November 2016 Hunter Wetlands Centre, 1 Wetlands Place Shortland  4pm to 7pm

 

Have your say

The project team is committed to engaging with the community. We welcome your feedback on this proposal at any time on free call 1800 066 243 or by email to community.input@ghd.com