Council is a supporter of a rail trail on the 132km of unused rail line running from Casino to Murwillumbah.
In May 2013, the not-for-profit community group, Northern Rivers Rail Trail Association Inc, was formed by local philanthropists known as the Sourdough Group, community volunteers, local government councillors and staff, and leaders of the tourist industry. The group came together with a common vision to preserve this very valuable community asset, the 132km of disused rail corridor between Casino and Murwillumbah and converting it to a modern cycle and walking trail through the region’s spectacular landscapes.
Since then, momentum towards this vision has been growing steadily.
In 2018, Tweed Shire Council secured the funding required to design and construct a 24km section of trail at the northern end of the corridor. Tweed Shire received $6.5 million each from the Australian and NSW governments with construction of its trail set to start in 2020.
At the same time Richmond Valley Council joined with Lismore City Council to help fund a business case for the Casino to Eltham section, a 45km stretch of trail that will wind through some of the most scenic pastoral locations in the country.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan has since committed an initial $7.5 million to build the first section from Casino to Bentley, which runs for 13km.
Council’s Project Management Office have begun working on the planning stages of the Casino to Bentley section and is also collaborating with neighbouring councils and the Northern Rivers Rail Trail Group to realise the full potential of the project from Casino to Murwillumbah.
The rail trail will be for the local community to use for getting to school, work and sport, shopping and recreation and by visitors seeking either a new way to experience the region’s scenery, food and culture or a more adventurous experience. The other huge benefit of a rail trail for any community is the opportunity for healthy activity and exercise.
Council is in the initial stages of planning for the 13km Casino to Bentley section, and recently released this information sheet about the project: