Rail Trail one step closer to going ahead

Restart NSW commits $7.8m to the project

Thursday 28 May, 2020

Construction of the Tweed section of the proposed Northern Rivers Rail Trail is likely to begin in early 2021 after the NSW Government today committed $7.8 million to the project.

Council welcomed today's announcement from the State Member for Tweed Geoff Provest confirming funding from Restart NSW, which together with the $6.5 million already provided by the Commonwealth Government, is sufficient to complete detailed design and construct the shared-user path along the disused rail corridor from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek.

"Today's announcement gives certainty both to Council and the adjacent landowners along the rail corridor allowing them to better plan for their future," Rail Trail Director Iain Lonsdale said.

Mr Provest advised that the legislation required to formally close the rail line was not likely to go through Parliament until later this year due to the Government's more pressing need to manage the current coronavirus pandemic.

"When the legislation is amended, Council will be ready to start work to build this long-awaited recreation and tourism facility," Mr Lonsdale said.

"While we have been waiting on funding certainty, we have been gaining the licences and approvals needed to build the rail trail and are now in a position to consult further with the adjacent landowners and other stakeholders to finalise detailed design and get this project shovel ready for next year."

For background information on the Rail Trail visit https://www.yoursaytweed.com.au/RailTrail