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Events & News

     Coming Events       Current News:Bonegilla Rail Trail Advisory Group (BAG) and Tallangatta Rail Trail Advisory Group (TAG) organise regular working bees and for Friends of the Rail Trail events each year to promote use of existing sections of the rail trail, links and sections of the rail trail that are under development.Riders please note that after heavy rainfall, the trail between Whytes Road and Finn Creek may have flood damage. Signage at relevant entry points to this section has been put in place to alert riders. 

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Friends of the High Country Rail Trail events include:2013 Sunday, April 22 – Inaugural ‘Milk Run’2013 Sunday, June 28th  – ‘Jarvis Creek’ ride 2015 , Sunday October 18th – Tallangatta to Corryong ‘Tall Trestle Treadle’ Entries open August 18th, 2015

Read newspaper article and review of Signage and trestle bridge restoration   –High Country Rail Trail Projects Nov 2013

Rail Trail happenings

EBDEN RESERVE TO RECEIVE OVERHAUL:

• Wodonga APEX started work on restoring the former Ebden Railway Platform and other railway memorabilia. The new improved amenity block at this lakeside reserve is complete.The stop is an ideal place to rest, to have a snack and to take in the views of Lake Hume.

KIEWA RIVER FOOTBRIDGE GETS “A BELTING”:

• Since the official opening of Rob’s Bridge on the Kiewa last April, there has been a phenomenal amount of use of this section of the rail trail. This is most gratifying for BAG members who have invested many hours in developing and maintaining this magnificent section of floodplain.

• Special thanks to Wodonga City Council for installing rubber matting over the steel decking of this bridge. We apologise for the delay in getting this done, however, there was considerable debate and research into what would be the most suitable material to reduce the slippery surface.

UPPER MURRAY HORSEMANS PITCH IN:

• Special thanks to the Upper Murray Horseman’s Association who have worked with TAG to install horse yards at Tallangatta, with funds from a Department of Victorian Communities grant.

• BAG has improved the Ebden-Huon equestrian trail with a small grant from Wodonga City Council.

OLD TALLANGATTA LOOKOUT ACCESS TRAIL:

• On Sunday 14th October many hands worked on installing donated hand rails along the new access track. Thanks to Phillip Jewell and Ray Haas who have been busy welding sections of the handrails together, to speed the installation process.

SANDY CREEK INLET BRIDGE:

• Thanks to Wodonga City Council staff for working away with Federal and State funding bodies to secure funding to reinstate this iconic bridge (Officially opened October 20th, 2012).

• Thanks to EDM Surveying for survey work at a “community rate” and to WCC for managing the “design and construct” expressions of interest process. • This major project is a great example of the saying “the sum of the whole is greater than the sum of any of the parts”, where BAG, TAG, Parklands, GMW, DSE, WCC, Towong Shire Council and Indigo Shire Council are all contributing in whatever capacity they are able to transform this vision into reality.

KOETONG-SHELLEY SECTION:

Despite the time commitments of the ongoing drought, the small Koetong-Shelley Development Association has continued to work away on maintaining this spectacular section of rail trail.

• Congratulations to Lyn Coulston for winning another Landcare Award, in recognition of her considerable achievements over decades of work in the Upper Murray.

• We are seeking funds to make the three Koetong trestle bridges safe with hand rails and much needed decking. Contact us if you have some time to spare or know of a business who may be keen to be promoted as supporting this community project.

PROTECTING OUR NATIVE GRASSLANDS:

• Thank you to Vic Track and the Ian Potter Foundation for funding environmental works to protect and restore native grasslands along the rail trail corridor. Environmental burns are planned for the coming months for some sections of trail.

FRIENDS OF THE RAIL TRAIL RIDES AND EVENTS:

2015 Events

  •  Our events have had great attendance. In June, 30 participated in the Tallangatta to Old Tallangatta or Jarvis Creek circuits, with scrummo damper morning tea provided at  the Jarvis Creek plateau campsite.
  • 110 people pedaled or drove out to Sandy Creek Inlet bridge for dinner under the full moon, hosted by Parklands Albury Wondonga, TAG and BAG in June.
  •        75 riders participated in the Whistle stop High Tea held in May
  • TAG is organizing a “the 2015 Tallangatta Tall Trestle Treadle” from Corryong to Tallangatta in October. Bookings essential.
  • If you would like to become involved in the High Country Rail Trail project, please contact us for some more information on what you can do.