NSW bike riders and Northern Rivers Rail Trail Association alike have plenty to celebrate after the Federal government committed $6.5 million to help fund the first stage of the trail – which will also be matched by the State Government.
The $13 million will enable the development of a 24km rail trail from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek. The eventual goal is to develop a 123km trail from Murwillumbah to Casino.
Local MP and Federal Minister for Regional Development John McVeigh, NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Lismore MP Thomas George acknowledged the extensive work that had gone into the project.
The evidence from Tasmania’s development of cycle tourism and trails supports Lismore MP Thomas George’s statement in the Northern Star.
"This project offers real economic benefits, with its potential to create jobs, boost the local tourism industry and provide a valuable asset for the enjoyment of the local community."
Bicycle Network supports the redevelopment of disused railway lines into rail trails and has joined forces with Rail Trails For NSW and Rail Trails Australia to call for changes in legislation and increased government support to make this process easier.
Rail trails provide great opportunities for riding and walking for locals, encourage tourism and the business and job opportunities that come with that.
Thanks to the work of Northern Rivers Rail Trail Association and government support, Tweed Shire Council will have another great draw-card to get more local people active and to attract visitors.