GEORGE AND PROVEST SECURE SUPPORT FOR RAIL TRAIL
The Tweed stage of the Murwillumbah to Casino Rail Trail is a step closer with the NSW Government announcing reserved funding for the project.
Member for Lismore Thomas George and Member for Tweed Geoff Provest welcomed the news as a major win for the North Coast community.
“I am pleased to inform the North Coast community that we’ve set aside over $6 million for the Tweed Shire Rail Trail Project,” Mr George said.
“We’ve echoed the passionate voices of the North Coast community in Macquarie Street and we’ve succeeded in attaining full support from the NSW Government.”
Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the community’s crowd funding efforts for rail trails have been astonishing.
“There has certainly been a tangible and measurable statement of support for the rail trail from the community, there’s no denying that fact,” Mr Provest said.
“The Northern Rivers Rail Trail has enormous potential to enhance the local tourism industry, create jobs and grow the regional economy.
“I look forward to moving this project forward and completing further community and landholder consultation so this project can progress and deliver a fantastic new tourism asset to the North Coast of NSW.”
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said growing tourism in rural and regional NSW was a top priority for the NSW Government.
“The NSW Government has invested record funding to turbocharge rural and regional tourism and drive visitation beyond the fringes of Sydney to places like the North Coast,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The positive flow-on effects from this tourism asset would be felt right across our regions with more heads on beds, and more tourist dollars ending up in the pockets of local businesspeople.”
The Tweed stage of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail involves the re-development of 24 kilometres of disused rail corridor from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek to create a shared-use rail trail.
The Tweed stage would be the initial section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail project, a proposed 130 kilometres rail trail from Murwillumbah to Casino.
The next step for the project is the NSW Government conducting an open community consultation next month, as the Northern Rivers Rail Trail awaits a decision on a matching contribution from the Commonwealth’s Building Better Regions Fund.
Council General Manager Troy Green welcomed today’s announcement, saying the rail trail would bring an extremely valuable economic boost to the Tweed, as well as major health and social benefits.
“The experiences of similar rails trails throughout Australia and overseas clearly demonstrate how popular they are in bringing tourism, job creation and long-term financial boosts to the towns and villages along their routes,” Mr Green said.
“With the incredible beauty of the land along the disused Murwillumbah to Casino rail corridor and the many attractions the rail trail will link, we’re confident this will be one of the most successful rail trails.
“This is supported by independent evaluations of the project and the feedback we’re receiving by users of rail trails around the world.”