Immediately following "Active Transport: The Richmond Vale Rail Trail Conference", the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment launched their latest book “Towards the Richmond Vale Rail Trail”. The book was commissioned by the Donaldson Conservation Trust and looks forward to a successful transition of this disused rail line, into a usable corridor for active transport, education, conservation and tourism.
The Richmond Vale Rail Trail will become one of the Hunter Valley’s iconic trails linking Newcastle to the vineyards, and bringing access along the way to a wide variety of ecosystems, from wetlands to Red Gum forests, and an abundance of bird life.
Approximately 80 people attended the book launch at the University of Newcastle's Callaghan Campus. The evening was opened by the Director of the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment Tim Roberts. Representing the Donaldson Conservation Trust were Tony Sutherland and Terry Lewin. Support for the launch was from Cr Declan Clausen, Deputy Lord Mayor of Newcastle and Sonia Hornery, Member for Wallsend.
The book was well received, with comments such as it was a lovely book and they were happy with the end result. The event was lively with lots of discussion of the future rail trail and active transport corridor.