Why do NRRT Inc. propose a Rail Trail?

Following the detailed investigation into the transport requirements of the region in 2013, the state government declared that restoration of rail in the medium term was not an option due to costs and changed population centers.

View Transport for NSW Casino to Murwillumbah transport study

The NRRT Inc. built on the existing community support which proposed an alternative use for the rail corridor as a Rail Trail which would deliver recreation, social and health benefits to its users and economic benefits to the region.

It would provide safe opportunities for families, bicycle tourists, mountain bike riders, outdoor education groups, horse riders and walkers to experience a major part of the Northern Rivers landscape. Like other recreation trails, a rail trail would provide opportunities for local businesses such as bed and breakfasts, cafes, restaurants, tour guides, equipment hire and camping.

Economic/Tourism
Rail trails around the world are popular tourist attractions, bringing economic benefits to rural towns and villages which would otherwise be in decline. Rail trail tourists are often high yielding, middle aged, well-educated, cycling enthusiasts…
Numerous examples around the world show rail trails attract millions of dollars in tourist spending and create multiple jobs to service trail users.

Social/Health
A rail trail would increase opportunities for local residents to walk or cycle, for leisure or to commute, and this brings many benefits. Walking to or from work, school, public transport or local shops can provide the 30 minutes of daily physical activity adults need for good health.

Environmental/Heritage
The disused rail corridor is overgrown with weeds, while valuable rail heritage such as bridges and railway stations continues to deteriorate unchecked. Establishing a rail trail would ensure the corridor is maintained.

Weeds would be controlled, bush could be regenerated, stations could be revitalised and possibly transformed into cafes or other uses, and heritage-listed items would be maintained.

View NRRT Inc. Proposal document

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