Northern Rivers Rail Trail – more good news for NSW

The Northern Rivers Rail Trail, from Casino to Murwillumbah in NSW, is moving steadily along across several fronts.

In it’s July 2019 newsletter, some notable developments are:

1. The Northern Rivers Rail Trail (NRRT) business case has been presented to Richmond Valley Council at their last meeting. The business case, prepared by Bathurst-based consultancy BusinessSense, covers the 45km Casino-to-Eltham section of the 130kms Casino-to-Murwillumbah railcorridor. Richmond Valley and Lismore City councils each contributed $15,000 for the report and NRRT contributed over $70,000. Richmond Valley Council Mayor Robert Mustow praised the people behind NRRT, saying they had lobbied tirelessly for many years to make the trail a reality.

2. At its recent meeting, Byron Council discussed the Arcadis report on the use of the section of the rail corridor in Byron Shire. Good news for rail trail advocates is that all the public transport options considered included “active transport facilities” as an essential part of the option.

3. With regard to the Tweed Section, several activities have been undertaken during the last few months.  Of particular importance is that Tweed Council resolved to accept Crown Land Manager appointment, as part of the governance arrangement for the Trail.  This is particularly good as this was a key gate in progressing development of the rail trail. Hope remains that NSW’s second pilot rail trail will start this year!

For a more details on the above items, please refer to the NRRT’s July 2019 newsletter.


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