Rail Trail Economic Impact Assessment
Client: Somerset Regional Council
Somerset Regional Council proposed to install new surfaces on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) to support tourism, with an aim to attract cyclists to travel north of Fernvale and enhance the number of overnight stays of trail users. The rail trail upgrades include works near Coominya as well as between Lowood and Fernvale. This redevelopment will better connect towns along the BVRT between Wulkuraka and Yarraman. To assess the impacts of the BVRT redevelopment to the Somerset economy, AEC undertook Input-Output modelling of construction and post-construction activity resulting from the proposed redevelopment of the BVRT. The findings were used to support Council's submission to the Queensland Government's Building Our Regions Program.