April 2021 Newsletter

Tweed Section

Project Commences Soon!

Vegetation clearance is taking place along the Tweed section of the corridor.

If you would like to register your business idea, go to yoursaytweed from the link below.
https://www.yoursaytweed.com.au/RailTrail/survey_tools/register-of-business-interest

 Tweed – Project is out to tender with the 4 pre-approved contractors, due in 14 May. Tenders will be evaluated by a panel with a report to Council due at the June meeting. 

Funding for the Tweed section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail has been provided by the Australian Government, under its Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Package Fund, and the NSW Government under its Restart NSW program. 


LISMORE SECTION

Lets Save the Leycester Creek Bridge

Photo by Simon Hunter – https://www.simonhunterphotography.com

Leycester Creek Bridge is in need of saving! How do we get the community involved? This beautiful old, heritage listed bridge will not survive much longer. Unless we act quickly, it will be destined for the scrap heap. If you would like to help with our petition you can download and get your friends to sign it. Send it back to us via email or post to 59 Lilli Pilli Drive Byron Bay, NSW 2481
NSW petition Leycester Creek Rail bridge.pdf


Council have applied for funding under Building Better Regions (BBR),
Round 5.

BBR will fund projects up to $10 million. Council have applied for $9.8M to fund this first stage of the project (Bentley to Lismore). Council is expecting funding notification in November 2021.

Generally 50% co-contribution is required, however, Council have applied for the full amount under the ‘exceptional circumstances’ category.

There is also an option to seek 50% from the State Government if the Federal grant comes through.

Thank you to everyone who signed our online Parliamentary Petition to extend the trail from Bentley to Lismore. Every little bit helps!
 

Council plan to progress plans for the Rail Trail community engagement this year.


Byron Section

Byron Council continues to explore it’s multi-modal idea. The focus appears to be on the section between Byron and Mullumbimby. There is no government funding to reinstate a public transport train, so it would be a private tourist venture. We are not aware that there is any funding for the project as yet.


Richmond Valley Council

The trail towards Naughtons Gap Tunnel

Tenders going out. The preliminary Phase 1 is complete.

Now waiting on the Federal Government to give the green light to move into Phase 2. Hopefully movement at the “station” in the last half of 2021!


Our team are back working and have had great success at the Bangalow Markets the past 3 months. We will be at the Lismore Car Boot Market this Sunday, 2nd May from 8am.

 

 

 

 

 

Pics from Tumbarumba

Glenys Ritchie and Geoff Meers from our committee spent some time in Tumbarumba recently. As a pilot rail trail for NSW, it is going gang busters in-spite of Covid!! Cycling is a Covid safe activity! Good on Rotary for providing this great carriage for those that can’t ride themselves. Have a look at this lovely video.
https://youtu.be/1lY2QANuejM

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