Friends of the trail

Friends of the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail   – for trail users and supporters.

We welcome your support, and invite you to become a Gippsland Plains Rail Trail friend.
The Friends organisation is a different organisation to the Committee of Management.  The friends organisation is a group for all trail users, including cyclists, riders, walkers etc to support the Rail Trail Committee of Management in its management and operation of the trail.  For a small annual membership fee, members of the friends organisation will receive a regular newsletter about happenings on the trail and will be kept informed about development and trail activities that can be enjoyed as well as supporting the ongoing development of this wonderful trail linking 8 towns across Central Gippsland.
We encourage all interested persons to join the Friends of the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail. Each member will receive a regular newsletter and invitations to friends group activities.
By joining the Friends of the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail organisation you will be deemed to have signed the following agreement:
In the event of my admission as a member, I agree to be bound by the rules * of the Association for the time being in force. (* the Model Rules for an incorporated association, Associations Incorporations Act (1981) Schedule 5, Consumer Affairs, Victoria)
Statement of Purpose.
1.To support completion of the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail with full and consistent development of the Rail Trail between Traralgon and Stratford.
2.To support the Committee of Management of the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail in management of the Rail Trail through appropriate terms of reference.
3.To promote the tourism, recreational, environmental and historical value of the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail to the community, governments and sponsors.
4.To develop expertise in significant aspects of the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail including:
    • vegetation management
    • fauna and habitats
    • recognition and respect for the cultural significance of traditional landowners
    • conservation of artifacts
    • history of the former railway
    • trail guide and interpretation signs
    • assistance with infrastructure management and tourism promotion, etc.
Friends of the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail Inc. is a not for profit incorporated association.
For further details on joining or participating in the Friends of the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail organisation, please refer to the Contact & Links / Enquiry section of this website.
Below is a link to our Expression of Interest form which applicant for membership are required to complete. Simply open the link, save the document to your computer, and print.