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On 22nd November 2013, the Minister for the North Coast, Don Page MP, announced the successful tenderer for the Casino to Murwillumbah Rail Trail Feasibility Study. After evaulation by the tender panel, the world wide company of Arup Pty Ltd, was awarded the Consultancy.  The Minister looks forward to receiving their report by the end of March 2014.

Since the announcement of the study a great deal of interest has been generated across the region, as the potential benefits from the rail trail become known.  The study will give all interested groups and stakeholders the opportunity to have input to the plan.  One of the requirements of the study is to outline options for the consideration of the current legislative requirements for dealing with rail infrastructure on the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line.

One of the main stumbling blocks for the implementation of Rail Trails in New South Wales is the requirement for an act of parliament to be passed to allow decommissioning of an unused rail line.

The Vice President of RailTrails Australia, Steven Kaye, visited the area in November and believes the NRRT is an unbelievable opportunity for a brilliant rail trail.  Mr Kaye's visit included meetings with the NRRT committee, as well as some local councillors involved in the proposal.

Photo shows L to R:  Steve Martin (NRRT Secretary) and son, Cr Phil Youngblutt, Steven Kaye (RTA Vice Pres), and Patrick Knight on Murwillumbah Railway Station Nov 2013

 

For more information on this proposed trail go to Northern Rivers Rail Trail

To access the Northern Rivers official website click NRRT Website

If you wish to support this proposal sign the on-line petition On-Line Petition