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Xmas 2023 Newsletter

What a fabulous year we have had at NRRT
Thanks to all our amazing supporters throughout the last 10 years!


Update on the Tweed Section

Plans for disabled toilets and more seating at Murwillumbah Station are progressing well.
Additional seating and picnic options are in the planning across the trail.

The Tweed team have been working with Richmond Valley Council to help with their opening, media and signage.

Tweed confirms that there are surplus funds from the NRJO Business Case which will go towards a feasibility study of the Murwillumbah to Condong extension, exploration of NRRT governance and a 10 month Economic Impact Assessment.

Murwillumbah Cycles were not successful in the recent tender process for the retail spaces at Murwillumbah Station. They have continued with expanded operations at their Mooball site. We thank them for their support for the rail trail and hope they do well at Mooball.


Casino to Bentley section

RAIL TRAIL ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOP SUCCESS

👉 Council, in partnership with Lismore City Council, last month held its first business engagement workshop at the Casino Golf Club to bring together industry experts and entrepreneurs to explore innovative strategies to capitalise on the Northern Rivers Rail Trail.

👉 The workshop, facilitated by leading regional tourism expert Dr Meredith Wray, attracted 30 participants, and provided a platform for attendees to engage in interactive discussions, gain valuable insights, and establish valuable networks.

👉 Workshop attendees had the chance to connect with peers, industry leaders, and potential partners through the structured networking session.

👉 The diverse range of topics covered during the event included an update on the Casino to Bentley section, discussion around creating rail trail experiences, and lessons from the business development program on the Tweed section, including an overview of the Connect Program.

👉 Finishing touches are being put on sections of the trail and car parks along the route, however, a delay with bridge building means the previously advertised soft opening on 17 December will be postponed until the March next year.

👉 To keep up with progress on the build, and other information about the rail trail, follow the Northern Rivers Rail Trail – Casino to Bentley Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/CasinoBentleyRailTrail


Lismore section

Council has awarded the civil contract to Hazel Brothers for $7.8M – (the same wonderful company that was responsible for the Tweed Section!). This is great news and we are sure they will do a fantastic job!

The rails are currently being removed to facilitate construction.

Lismore Council are working closely with Tweed Council.
The  focus is on delivering Bentley to Lismore and potential for new funding for planning route through Lismore centre and construction to Eltham.


Byron and Ballina

Byron and Lismore Councils have met with the option of applying for joint funding for new grants becoming available.

Byron’s main focus at this stage is to procure funding from Crabbes Creek to Mullumbimby.

Ballina Council have begun to implement work connecting Ballina with Bangalow. More about this to come!


The NRRT team at COMMON PEOPLE BREWING CO.

Celebrating another great year with great beer named after the Rail Trail!! Wishing all our supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Our market stall is looking great!

The next market is in Byron on 7th January 2024


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. The next market will be on 3rd December.

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!

Attend Council Meetings when appropriate
(Further information to come, follow here or on Facebook for updates.)

Donate Donations to this community project are gratefully welcomed and will be used to forward the project on. Please click on the Donate button in the header of this web page.