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Construction of theTweed Valley section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail in NSW is near, and it must be "on formation" -- in other words, on the old railway alignment itself rather than beside the former rail line -- to take advantage of gentle, even gradients and to be accessibile to the whole community.

The Tweed Valley Rail Trail will be one of Australia's best, with the terrain that once made operating trains slow and difficult providing an amazing experience for rail trail users passing through winding valleys and tunnels and across numerous rivers.

Rail Trails Australia supports rail side trails (a trail besides a railway line) where the terrain is suitable, but the Tweed Valley's 25 bridges, 2 tunnels and many long cuttings and embankments simply makes this impracticable.

Some public events have pushed for the rail trail to be off-formation to keep the derelict rail track.  This would be a bad outcome for all, with a poor quality rail trail -- and, of course, no trains as the NSW Government has passed legislation to close the line.

For these reasons we are encouraging all rail trail supporters to write to Tweed Shire Council explaining why this rail trail must be built on formation and to ask Council to consider this when making decisions about this valuable public asset. Let them know where you are from.

Below are the email addresses of Tweed Shire councillors.

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Include a link to this video on the Tumbarumba Rail Trail https://youtu.be/6zpA31E1oFo for an example of how a high quality rail trail benefits all of the community.

 N60 455 Burringbar tunnel 2017 07 DSCN6757

N60 506 Dunbible Creek Bridge 2019 09 19 125718