The benefits of rails trails to communities and regions are many including health, economic and social. Rail trails like this around the world are hugely popular with locals and tourists and have been shown to provide all sorts of opportunities for local businesses including adjacent landholders.
They can be fantastic places to meet other people in your community that you otherwise may not have met. They are also wonderful for couples and families alike; for a long walk or as a safe and pleasant ride with the kids, getting out and enjoying our Australian countryside.
With 6.7 million people 15 years old and over participating in non-organised physical activity three times a week1, a rail trail will be of great benefit to the community.
- Australian Government Sports Commission (2010) Participation in Exercise, Recreation, Sport: Annual Report 2010 http://www.ausport.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/436122/ERASS_Report_2010.PDF