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  1. vaiya fermanis permalink
    October 5, 2011 6:40 pm

    hi all, i am wondering whether there has been any discussion of turning our railway into a bike path? it could be a good way to connect local towns without having to ride on the roads. what do people think of this idea? alternatively, maybe it would be better to hold out hope that our railway might be reinstated as a functioning railway. what do people think about this?

    • Geoff Park permalink
      October 5, 2011 6:46 pm

      Hi Vaiya – this idea has been raised before but never got any traction. It would be great explore the possibility. Newstead is about to commence the development of a community plan and bike trails, walking paths and connectivity will be an important theme I’m sure. A few of us are meeting next Monday at the RTC at 2pm re the community plan – you would be very welcome. In any case I’ll add the idea to our list and look forward to some future discussions on it.
      All the best, geoff

      • vaiya fermanis permalink
        October 14, 2011 7:13 pm

        hi geoff, thanks for the reply. good to hear there’s been some interest in the idea in the past. apologies for not making it to the meeting. i only just just the message. have been reading up on bike trails. it seems they recommend taking up the tracks and sleepers to lay the trail. so unfortunately it would mean making a choice between trail or possible future railway.

  2. Geoff Park permalink
    October 16, 2011 10:32 am

    Hi Vaiya – the community planning project will be kicking off over the next month or so. Initially there will be a loose committee structure designed to trawl for good ideas and input. Would be great to have you involved if time allows but either way the concept of trails and paths is sure to be a strong element of the plan.
    Cheers, geoff

  3. vaiya fermanis permalink
    November 1, 2011 3:48 pm

    Hi Geoff, sorry for the delay in replying. It would be great to be involved in the community planning project. Who should I contact? Thanks, Vaiya.

  4. Philip Mitchell Graham permalink
    July 13, 2012 9:14 am

    Hello everyone. I am thinking of building a public maze-labyrinth on public land within throwing distance of the centre of town, (not a hedge maze but a meditation walking path). My idea is to recreate the Chartres Cathedral maze using donated natural materials – basically coloured local sands and clays, and flat stones. I had considered somewhere near the Major Mitchell memorial but that may be too far away for older and injured people, perhaps on the land beside the bridge? Any suggestions and help for this project would be greatly appreciated. I intend to do this project using no money what-so-ever, but it would be great to get some transport money. The project could form the centre piece of a sculpture garden. Anyone interested can contact me at

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