Delegates from Tweed Shire Council and Northern Rivers Rail Trails (NRRT) will travel to Sydney next week to attend the launch of a state wide campaign to establish rail trails in NSW.

The Make It Happen campaign launch, on Tuesday 22 March, will be attended by representatives of several projects proposing to establish cycling and pedestrian rail trails in various parts of NSW.

They include delegates of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail, who will provide on an update on their pilot project after it was granted NSW Government funding last year.

Tweed councillor Barry Longland will be among the event’s speakers, to outline the proposal to establish a Tweed Valley Rail Trail along the disused rail corridor from Murwillumbah to Wooyung.

“This campaign and its launch will be important steps in getting rail trails projects off the ground in NSW and to start seeing the benefits that are being enjoyed by so many similar projects in other parts of Australia and in other countries,” Cr Longland said.

“The launch will bring together senior officials and community representatives from each of the proposed rail trails, to share our experiences and ideas to help make these trails a reality.”

“We are confident the Tweed Valley Rail Trail remains very well positioned to be one of the first rail trails in NSW, because of the projects massive potential and the amount of planning and investigations that have already gone into it,” he said.

“The incredible scenic beauty of the corridor route, through areas including three World Heritage listed national parks, and its close proximity to major population centres and tourism hubs give it huge potential to be one of the most successful trails in this part of the world.”

Cr Longland said Council and community leaders from NRRT were actively pursuing funding options for the 24km trail, which would link and provide economic boosts for the historic villages of Stokers Siding, Burringbar, Mooball and Crabbes Creek.

NRRT is hoping the Tweed Valley Rail Trail would be the first leg of a 130km Northern Rivers Rail Trail from Murwillumbah to Casino, which had been proposed for State funding last year.

“While the entire Murwillumbah to Casino trail goes across four different local government areas, the funds instead
went to the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail, which is all contained within Tumbarumba Shire Council.

“We have taken that on board and honed our focus to look specifically at the Murwillumbah to Wooyung section, which incorporates some of the most spectacular locations along the corridor, is the closest point to a huge and growing population in South East Queensland and is on the doorstep of the international tourism attraction that is Byron Shire.”

Former Deputy Prime Minister and now Rail Trails for NSW Patron Tim Fischer and Infrastructure NSW’s Executive Director Strategy and Planning, Jenny Davis, will also speak at the launch, being held at NSW Parliament House.