Tim Roberts presented his visionary project on developing an ecotourism walking and biking trail along the disused Richmond Vale Rail line to some 20+ members of the Newcastle Enterprise Rotary Club in early February 2018. The Richmond Vale Rail Trail project is being developed cooperatively by the three relevant LGAs – Newcastle (lead), Lake Macquarie and Cessnock City Councils. A feasibility study has revealed that the idea has social, economic and health potential and judging by the success of the Fernleigh Track the results of the feasibility study should be very much endorsed on the completion of the RVRT. With support from the Tom Farrell Institute and strong financial support from the Donaldson Conservation Trust Newcastle City Council has let a contract to GHD to do further development planning to bring the project to be shovel ready.
The Rotarians showed strong support for the project following Tim’s presentation and the visitors from the incorporated association Richmond Vale Rail Trail Inc, offered their association as the vehicle to assist in fundraising.