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A precedent has been established for historic rail trails in NSW, opening up possibilities for projects throughout the state.

Legislation enabling trail development was passed by the NSW Parliament in late June. A 22km section of disused rail line between Tumbarumba and Rosewood has been unlocked for reuse as a recreation and visitor facility.

As reported by the Wagga Rail Trail team;

“It is expected that the Tumbarumba to Rosewood corridor will be declared a crown reserve with the Snowy Valleys Council appointed to oversee development of the trail. This is similar to the process adopted by other Australian states in which rail trails have flourished.”

Read more here.

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Monaro Rail Trail fundraiser 

Phil Anderson was the first Aussie road cyclist to have success in European road cycling competitions.  The 1981 Tour de France was also the first occasion for a non-European to wear the yellow jersey and Phil rode hard to earn that honour.  During his peak cycling years of the 1980’s and 90’s his achievements ranked him with the elite European riders.

You can lunch with Phil at the Cooma Hotel and be entertained with accounts of his former cycling life and his life today as a promoter of cycling tourism.

Saturday 26 August Lunch 1pm at Cooma Hotel, 2 courses $100, drinks extra.

Bookings by Friday 18 August are essential and can be placed with Michael at  The payment method will be emailed to you.

This is a fundraising event for Monaro Rail Trail.  Proceeds of the day will be used to fund a study of the economic benefits of the rail trail.

On Saturday morning Phil will be taking a leisurely 40km social ride on the very scenic and quiet gravel roads into Cooma countryside. We believe he will be happy if you wish to join him for the ride and a coffee. To find out where Phil will be riding contact Michael at

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