Media Release (by RVRT Inc.) 18/05/2023 - Planning Approval Granted for thew Western Section of the Richmond Vale Rail trail (RVRT) within Cessnock LGA (approx. 14.4 km) - Stockrington to Log of Knowledge Park, Kurri Kurri
Media Release (by RVRT Inc.) Planning Approval Granted for thew Western Section of the Richmond Vale Rail trail (RVRT) within Cessnock LGA (approx. 14.4 km) - Stockrington to Log of Knowledge Park, Kurri Kurri
At last night’s Cessnock City Council Meeting (17/05/2023), Councillors unanimously approved the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and associated reports for the Western section of the RVRT within Cessnock LGA (WI16/2023, Submissions and Determination Reports), subject to 44 Conditions of Approval.
In total, 27.5 km of the RVRT has now received initial planning approval - adding momentum to finalising approvals for the remaining short sections within Lake Macquarie LGA and across the Hunter Wetlands National Park (see details below).
Congratulations and Thanks:
We would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to: Kate Harris (Open Space and Community Facilities Manager at Cessnock Council); the primary design consultant (GHD Pty Ltd, Newcastle); the other Council Officers and Consultants; and all our local Councillors - who have helped to finalise Concept-level planning and consultation for the Western section of the RVRT.
Thanks also to the 127 individuals and groups from across the region who provided written public submissions (98% of which were supportive), and to RVRT Inc.’s own members and supporters.
Terry Lewin, RVRT Supporters’ Group Vice-president, greeted this Approval with cautious optimism:
“This is another important milestone in the trail’s development. There is also little doubt that the RVRT will be of huge benefit to Hunter communities, supporting a broad range of users and activities across all age groups, especially when it is combined with enhanced local community linkages to other facilities, parks and conservation areas, attractions, and shared pathways”.
General Information about the RVRT:
Western Section of the RVRT:
Where to From Here:
Summary of Current Concept-level RVRT Approvals (totalling 27.5 km):
(See Figure on next page)
Thanks for your interest in the RVRT.
Please contact our Vice-president, Terry Lewin, for further information or comment.