Green light for NSW Northern Rivers rail trail

Published: 21 Oct 2020

The scenic walking and cycling trail will increase tourism, create more jobs and provide an investment boost to the Northern Rivers.

The NSW Government will fund $7.8 million to help transform the Tweed stage of the rail trail project.  

The rail trail project will: 

  • support local businesses along the rail corridor 
  • increase tourism to the Northern Rivers 
  • create more local jobs
  • provide a safe, accessible transport route for tourists and locals.

The trail will preserve the heritage of the rail corridor, while connecting rural communities in the area.

Once complete, the project is expected to create an extra 200 jobs and attract 82,000 visitors each year.

Construction for the project will be completed in stages.

  • stage one: will redevelop a 24km track from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek
  • stage two: will connect a 13km track from Casino to Bentley
  • stage three: is proposed to link a 90km track from Bentley to Crabbes Creek.

Acting Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the project will soon get underway.

“This project will also support and inject much-needed cash flow into the local cafes, shops and restaurants,” Mr Toole said.

Learn more about the Northern Rivers rail trail

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