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Theebine - Kingaroy Rail Trail - Trail Description


Theebine - Kingaroy Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: SE QLD, 225 Km northwest of Brisbane
Start/end: Kingaroy to Theebine
Status: Possible
Length open: 0km
Surface: Coarse gravel
Public transport: Coach
Features: tourist
Contact Region: S.E. Queensland
The rail corridor between Kilkivan and Goomeri (2007)
The rail corridor between Kilkivan and Goomeri (2007)
Not yet open


The following is a press release from the Queensland Government

Theebine-Kingaroy Rail Line Closed - 24/12/2009

The Theebine–Kingaroy rail branch line has now closed.

 Consultation between the Department of Transport and Main Roads, South Burnett and Gympie Regional councils has determined that costs associated with ongoing maintenance of the disused line were not good use of public funds.


Acting Main Roads Minister Rachel Nolan said greater benefits could be gained by diverting the projected $19 million needed to maintain the line for another 10 years into projects that would deliver an improved community benefit.


"The government has agreed to bring forward the 10 years of savings into the next five years to provide a more immediate benefit. The community projects were identified by the councils and are primarily for roads. This funding is additional to that already identified for the local government areas under the Five Year Roads Implementation Program," she said.


Gympie Regional Council Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett said both councils were consulted and fully supported this decision.


The opportunity for a Kingaroy to Theebine Rail Trail has been identified in the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan and is currently being investigated for the rail corridor to become a 132km rail trail linking the South Burnett and Sunshine Coast communities.
The State Government has already provided funding of $1million that could be used for the long term maintenance of the Kingaroy to Theebine non rail corridor through Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR).
The Kingaroy to Theebine railway line was officially closed in early 2010.
The Kingaroy to Theebine Rail Trail has the ability to connect the Brassall Bikeway, Brisbane Valley Rail Trail and the Bicentennial National Trail. Developing this rail corridor into a rail trail would ultimately deliver a continuous recreation trail over 350 kilometres in length. It would connect the communities of Ipswich to the Sunshine Coast with a trail traversing the regional and rural communities of Somerset and South Burnett.
The significant economic contribution to the local communities through linking these recreation trails has been highlighted in the South East Queensland Country Tourism Plan.

Background Information

The Kingaroy - Theebine railway was used for argiculture and commercial freight as well as passenger public transport and was one of the first branch lines built in Queensland. It was utilised by the Peanut Marketing Board of Kingaroy and also by the Murgon abattoir which has since closed down.


December 2011

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