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.
This valuable community asset must not continue to go to waste.

We must have a good point. We already have nearly 4000 supporters signed up and prior to the last Federal Election all House of Representative candidates, no matter their party, 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.

Our Purpose

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.

Our Aims

  1. Preserve the corridor for future generations
  2. To deliver the best outcome for the region’s community.
  3. To ensure we represent a broad cross-section of community views.
  4. 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.
  5. To deliver a funding approach and business plan that will not be a burden to local government or the community.
  6. To link and help unite the region’s villages and towns.
  7. To provide residents of all ages of our community with opportunities for intra and inter village commuter access.
  8. To provide an opportunity to shift the visitor market from partying to adventure and good health and to distribute visitors throughout the region.
  9. To deliver many and varied business opportunities and jobs.


Patron for The Northern Rivers Rail Trail

The Right Honourable JD Anthony AC CH


Doug Anthony, AC, CH, former Deputy Prime Minister for eight years and Leader of the National Party for thirteen years, first established his reputation as a bike rider of note in Canberra when as the new young Minister of the Interior he commuted on his folding Moulton bicycle from his home in Hughes to his office in Parliament House. He has taken an interest in the Northern Rivers Rail Trail since its inception in 2013 and supports our efforts to turn this disused railway corridor into a world class rail trail. Doug says:

To me it is very obvious that we have a potential rail trail that could become one of great success. The old railway line, established many years ago over bridges and through tunnels, now offers adoug-anthony-biken enticing appeal to the tourist industry.  This idea has been discussed for many years and now I am sure that our dreams and aspirations will come to reality. It would be difficult to imagine a trail in more beautiful surroundings than this in the far north of News South Wales. We are so lucky to have such a group of enthusiastic supporters to spur the project along.  

Doug was born in Murwillumbah and returned to his farm there after retiring from politics in 1984



The Northern Rivers Rail Trail Inc  Board Members


Pat Grier AM President
Cameron Arnold Vice President and Tourism industry rep
Geoff Meers Secretary
Marie Lawton Treasurer & Supporter Liaison rep
Hilary Wise Media
Ian Stocks Media


Members and Local Government Representatives

Sol Ibrahim Community rep
David Oxenham Director of Engineering and Operations, Tweed Shire Council
Barry Longland Tweed shire Councillor
John Bennett Community rep
Claire Hewitt Community rep
Glenys Ritchie Community rep


Ex-officio Members

Martin Brook Chair Food industry Committee
Tim Castle Legal rep
David Wolff Legal rep
Norman Case Chair Design and Infrastructure Group
Duncan Gibbs Design and Infrastructure Group
Charlie Zammit Environmental rep