October Newsletter


Without you it would be very difficult to keep up the momentum. We have all been working together now since 2013 and have pretty much the same team now as at the start- and most of our supporters!

Some of our supporters riding the Grand Ridge Rail Trail while waiting for the Northern Rivers Rail Trail. Keeping up the fitness between cups of coffee, chats, tucker and beers!


We would like to establish an interactive website prior to the initial construction phase of the Tweed Shire section.  An interactive website will maximise the potential of the rail trail by helping the local community and visitors understand what it can bring to their lives.

The website will allow promotion of employment opportunities generated during the pre and post construction phase of the rail trail, plus opportunities for volunteering. It will also provide a platform to support new and existing business development and promotion for businesses associated with the rail trail and reliant on the local economy.

In our last newsletter we were applying for a grant that needed matching funding. We have since decided that we can do it cheaper and we have been having discussions with developers. There will be potential for local development of the website and app and there will be alignment with the Tweed Council plans.

Thank you to those who donated – we will be gratefully using your donations for the website!


Tweed Update

  • The Tweed project manager acknowledged the efforts and enthusiasm of the Tweed team, who have been amazing! In spite of State Government lack of decision making, the team continue to work hard to get the project up.
  • There have been talks  with Deputy-Premier Barilaro to try and solve the remaining issues of legislation,  governance and lease revenue.
  • Work on trail branding will commence shortly and engage all councils and community.
  • Community consultation has been overall very positive with very few landholders still opposed to the trail.
  • The project continues to move forward!

Casino to Eltham Update

The finalisation of arrangements for release of the $7.5M Federal Government funding for Casino-Bentley is expected shortly.

Most landholders are now supportive.

We have been liaising with John Holland and the Bat Society regarding the safe use of Naughtons Gap tunnel – for humans and bats!

There has been a Facebook page created.

New Richmond Valley Facebook Page




We have been invited  to participate in the first ever Cow Town Chow Down Youth Festival!

Six youth from Casino have come together to create a community event where our love for food is mixed with arts, culture and music. Casino’s Colley Park will come alive with tasting plates, local produce, cooking demonstrations, craft market stalls, film screenings and live music showcasing what young people in the Richmond Valley have to offer.

Come along and say hi and join in the fun on 9th November from 2pm till 8pm.

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