To develop, promote and sponsor a world class Rail Trail for the benefit of the Northern Rivers community
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 130km of disused rail corridor between Murwillumbah and Casino and converting it to a modern cycle and walking trail through the region’s spectacular landscapes. 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.
We have over 3,000 subscribers and prior to the last Federal Election all House of Representative candidates supported the concept of a rail trail.
All four councils(Tweed, Byron, Lismore and Richmond Valley) along the proposed Northern Rivers Rail Trail area now support the project along with other surrounding local authorities Ballina and Kyogle.
To provide a team of experts, a “meeting place” and process to ensure the Northern Rivers rail corridor from Murwillumbah to Casino is protected in the long term. To be on top of the issues, well informed and focused on outcomes that work well for the region’s community. To ensure practical and achievable outcomes are at the fore of our activities.
- Preserve the corridor for future generations
- To deliver the best outcome for the region’s community.
- To ensure we represent a broad cross-section of community views.
- To deliver a walking and cycling trail that is compatible with short and long term active transport needs of the region including commuter light rail where practical.
- To deliver a funding approach and business plan that will not be a burden to local government or the community.
- To link and help unite the region’s villages and towns.
- To provide residents of all ages of our community with opportunities for intra and inter village commuter access.
- To provide an opportunity to shift the visitor market from partying to adventure and good health and to distribute visitors throughout the region.
- To deliver many and varied business opportunities and jobs.
The Northern Rivers Rail Trail Inc Board Members
|Pat Grier AM|
(Member of the Order of Australia)
|Cameron Arnold||Vice President, Chair of Destination North Coast|
|Marie Lawton||Treasurer/Public LIaison|
|Sol Ibrahim||Community rep|
|Iain Lonsdale||Project Director – Northern Rivers Rail Trail and Unit Coordinator – Strategic Planning and Urban Design|
|Barry Longland||Community rep|
|Glenys Ritchie||Community rep|
|Patrick Knight||Engineering Consultant – Community Rep|
|Norman Case||Engineering Consultant – Community Rep|
|Martin Brook||Food Industry Rep – Community Rep|
|Iain Lonsdale||Tweed Council Rep|
|Andy Parks||Lismore Council Rep|
|Brad Birney||Richmond Valley Community Rep|
|Jenny Dowell||Community rep|
|Richard White||Community Support|
|Sandy Allan||Community Support|
|Peter Hatfield||Community Support|
|Matthew Dokter||Web Designer|
|Greg Byrnes||Web Content|
Patron for the Northern Rivers Rail Trail
Robert “Robbie” McEwen
“Not only are there many cyclists looking for new and interesting places to ride, there are many more people who would like to ride but don’t feel safe on the roads.
If you give people a place to ride and walk, they will come! Mr McEwen said.
Former Patron – The Right Honourable JD Anthony AC CH –
Born 31 December 1929, Murwillumbah Died: 20 December 2020