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I wish to thank all the supporters of the rail trail who have given their time and enthusiasm for this terrific project. With the feasibility study announced by Don Page on August 23, we are feeling very positive that we may one day have a rail trail!

The northern rivers region will get the facelift it needs with a beautiful corridor once more restored for the local people and tourists to use. Smaller communities will have opportunities to come alive again, with many cyclists and walkers visiting their towns. Jobs will be created and new businesses will emerge. Schoolkids will be able to ride or walk to school in many areas across the region.

I feel this could be part of the ‘Byron solution’ – encouraging healthy activities and tourism rather than the alcohol-related violence that has dominated Byron streets in the last few years. People will come here to ‘ride the trail’ and potentially will spend three or four days exploring our beautiful area – staying in bed and breakfasts, frequenting cafes and restaurants and stopping in the townships along the way.

We have a lot of work ahead of us, so if you would like to be part of this wonderful project please email me at [email protected]

Marie Lawton, NRRT Inc, Byron Bay


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