Celebration Weekend a Huge Success

More than 2,000 people were estimated to have joined in the festivities over the Community Celebration Weekend (25th & 26th March) for the 24km Tweed section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail.

A huge turn out for a fabulous weekend of fun, riding, walking, music, food and numerous activities for kids and grown ups, thanks to Tweed Shire Council.

Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry said, “This was a true celebration of the natural beauty of the Tweed, our Aboriginal culture and rail heritage and I’d like to thank the community members and organisations who helped make the weekend such a success for the trail and our villages.”

Snapshots of the Weekend

Some of these photos were snapped by the lovely Francis Cloake, a local photographer who joined us for the celebrations.

And also some from you!

We have been receiving so many snapshots, videos and comments of people continuing to enjoy the newly opened section which has drawn over 8,000 users in the first two weeks of opening.

Thank you for sharing and sending them to us, it’s so wonderful to see!

Special Thanks to Cycling Without Age

Whose amazing Gold Coast team, organised by Captain Wayne Stitcherbrought 4 electric trishaws and offered rides to all. 

‘Fabulous tricycle ride today. We both loved the ride and chat from Burringbar to Mooball. Biggest thank you 🙏 Made us all smile and felt like royalty especially my 85 year old mother.’ – Helen Saville.

We also had the pleasure of Tom joining us, at 101 years and Rod, at 94 years. “No way I was going to miss this”, said Rod.

We are hoping to have our own Northern Rivers Chapter in the not too distant future.
Stay tuned for more information!

A Wheely Great Time!

It is incredible to see so many friendly faces on the trail, from day visitors who had just heard about it, to long time supporters enjoying their well earned celebration.

Eric Wheeler (in the green jersey) and his family were out and about. They have been supporters of the rail trail since its inception, and has always been encouraging and positive.

We really appreciate you Eric and at 88 years of age, you are most likely the oldest rider on the trail! 

Also, very pleased you got to ride with your lovely wife Margaret in the trishaw (just to keep her company of course).

Rail Trails Australia Forum 

With thanks to the team from Rail Trails Australia for all their hard work and for assisting us over the past 8 years. 

They organised the 2023 Rail Trails Forum to be in Murwillumbah prior to the Celebration Weekend, to recognise the work behind the Northern Rivers Rail Trail and to support the further development of rail trails throughout Australia.

Speakers included Mayor Chris Cherry, NRRT president Pat Grier and Byron Councillor Asren Pugh, RTA representatives, volunteers and government from NSW, Queensland and Victoria.

For Our Community

We cannot begin to describe how fantastic it is to see and experience a section of the Trail come to life, after more than 10 years of campaigning for this community asset. And what a community it is, that has well and truly turned out, in all manner of ages and abilities to enjoy it!

Help us campaign to complete all 130km of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail just by:

Finding our information stall at the Byron Bay Markets, we’re always up for a chat.

Following us on Facebook or Instagram and check out all the incredible photos, videos, comments and up to date news on the trail.

Visiting the Tweed section. Walk, meander, run, cycle, drop in at a local business. Bring friends and have a great few hours out experiencing everything the trail has to offer!

More to come…

A follow up newsletter with information about Richmond Valley, Lismore and Byron Council updates will be on the way soon.

How to Donate

Donations to this community project are gratefully welcomed and will be used to forward the project on:

Via the Donate Button above OR Direct Donations to:
SCCU – NRRT inc. BSB: 722744    Acc: 100099375