NEWSLETTER October 2018


Photo by Troy Nelson.

  Tweed council still working hard for us!

A heritage consultant was commissioned in July to undertake several localised heritage management plans with the first work, a heritage conservation management plan and precinct plan for the Murwillumbah Railway Station now in final draft form for review and adoption by the Council.

An addendum to the Tweed Valley Rail Trail Business Case that updated the estimated operational and maintenance costs, was forwarded to Dept. of Premier and Cabinet for review. NSW Depts. are now debating which agency is best placed to “own ” and govern the railway corridor.

The Council’s environmental assessment for the proposed rail trail is being finalised and is ready for the planning approvals to be sought once the LEP Amendment is made. This is expected to take 10-12 weeks, depending on public exhibition and consultation requirements.

 Local Land Services were commissioned in June to prepare a Biosecurity Risk Management Plan and this work is underway with key stakeholder industry groups being consulted ahead of adjoining landowner consultation occurring.

Documentation for a prospective tenderer expression of interest (EOI) has been prepared and the public tender process is now pending the completion of a funding agreement between NSW and the council.

 A planning proposal seeking targeted amendments to the Tweed LEP 2014 to provide a single and consistent approvals pathway for the rail trail has recently completed its public exhibition and with only two public submissions received.  A final report will now be considered by the Council prior to it being reported to the Department of Planning and Environment for the LEP Amendment to be made.

Public information sessions are being held in Murwillumbah, Stokers Siding, Burringbar, Mooball and Crabbes Creek, as part of the Tweed Council’s public consultation on its draft Open Space Strategy.  Further details on the exhibition venues is available on the Council’s web site:


Leycester Creek Bridge

Leycester Creek Bridge

The Bridge over Leycester Creek is in a pretty bad way and will need some major work doing soon if we are to save it! It is heritage listed so even more reason to try and get some funding to save it. Our petition to help save the bridge is well underway. Please make contact at  if you would like to collect some signatures for us.

We have been liaising with councillors from Lismore who are very supportive. 
It seems that any design work for alterations to or removal of embankments in South Lismore, as a result of flood modelling for mitigation, must also consider gradients for the Rail Trail.


Adventures in far away places!

Marie checking out Sustrans ( over 14,000 miles of cycleway, including rail trails) in the UK. This one is the 2 Tunnel Rail Trail near Bristol.
Riding the Callendar to Killin Rail Trail near Perth Scotland. Beautiful surface!
Exploring Amsterdam by bike. There are twice as many bikes in Amsterdam as there are people. Bikes have total right of way. Old people, young people, commuters, tourists, cargo bikes transporting goods (or kids!).
Build a safe place for walking and cycling and people will come!

Barbecue in Lismore


A very successful fund raising barbecue at Bunnings in Lismore. With Glenys Ritchie, Geoff Meers, Fran Slattery, Richard White and Claire Hewitt. Thanks to Trevor Acfield, Jenny Dowell and Pat Grier.

Thanks to Stone and Wood for their brilliant fund raising effort for the RailTrail!

If everyone can make a small donation to help keep our organisation running, it would be a great help. We spend money monthly on maintaining the website, mail chimp, facebook, markets, printing, postage and merchandise. We use our own money for travel and petrol and many other incidentals.

We want to try and not eat into the crowd funding money which has been earmarked for the business case.