The proposed Richmond Vale Rail Trail (RVRT) is a 32km cycling and walking track along the former Richmond Vale railway between Kurri Kurri and Hexham/Shortland. This regionally significant trail traverses the three Local Government Areas of Newcastle (14.9km), Lake Macquarie (2.7km) and Cessnock with 14.4km of the trail located in the Cessnock City Council area.
To seek relevant development approvals the RVRT has been divided into two sections, Shortland to Tarro and Pambalong (Newcastle LGA), and Stockrington to Kurri Kurri (Lake Macquarie and Cessnock LGA). The Stockrington to Kurri Kurri Section of the rail trail is the focus of the REF and the portion of the trail now being publicly exhibited.
The RVRT aims to enhance active transport and create connectivity between communities with the key objectives of the project being:
- to support future growth by connecting local and regional users at key access points including Kurri Kurri, Buchanan and Stockrington
- provide commuters and recreational users with a safe alternative route to the local road network, including the New England Highway and the M1 Pacific Motorway
- provide better recreational access to the Pambalong Nature Reserve and the Werakata and Stockrington State Conservation Areas
- protect and maintain natural conservation values of adjacent lands including conservation areas
- generate healthier, more active lifestyles and opportunities for public appreciation and enjoyment of the local natural environment
Map of route
Have your say
Residents are encouraged to view the Review of Environmental Factors and appendices and make a submission below.
View the appendices to the Richmond Vale Rail Trail Review of Environmental Factors
- Appendix A - Design Drawings(PDF, 46MB)
- Appendix B - Hydrology and Hydraulics Assessment(PDF, 79MB)
- Appendix C - Geotechnical Investigation Report(PDF, 360MB)
- Appendix D - Contaminated Site Assessment(PDF, 180MB)
- Appendix E - Traffic and Transport Assessment(PDF, 58MB)
- Appendix F - Flora and Fauna Assessment(PDF, 485MB)
- Appendix G - Socio-Economic Impact Assessment(PDF, 306MB)
- Appendix H - Visual Impact Assessment(PDF, 59MB)
- Appendix I - Aboriginal Archaeological Survey Report: Artefact Heritage Report to GHD(PDF, 215MB)
- Appendix J - Statement of Heritage Impact: Artefact Heritage Report to GHD(PDF, 625MB)
- Appendix K - Strategic Options and Engineering Heritage Assessment Report Focus Bridge Engineering Report to GHD(PDF, 137MB)
Hardcopy of the document is also available for viewing at:
- Cessnock City Council Administration Building
- Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Libraries
How to make a submission
Submissions must be received by 5pm on Sunday 3 July 2022 and should quote “Richmond Vale Rail Trail REF”.
Submissions should be addressed to the General Manager and can be submitted in the following ways:
In person: 62-78 Vincent Street, Cessnock NSW 2325
Post: PO Box 152, Cessnock NSW 2325
Written submissions should be addressed to the General Manager and quote “Richmond Vale Rail Trail REF”
Any views expressed in written submissions will be considered by Council.
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