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Supporters of a rail trail between Casino and Murwillumbah have been buoyed by positive responses from candidates in the federal election.

In a survey conducted by the Northern Rivers Rail Trail Association, candidates were asked if they were in favour of a rail trail between the two towns, whether they would support funding efforts, and what benefits they believed a rail trail would bring to the region.

In the Richmond electorate, Labor’s Justine Elliott and the Nationals Matthew Fraser both indicated they supported the concept, as did Dawn Walker of the Greens, who pledged support provided it was built adjacent to the existing formation.

Nationals Kevin Hogan and Labor’s Janelle Saffin in the Page electorate also supported the concept, with Ms Saffin already pledging $65k to undertake a feasibility study on the development of the rail trail between Casino and Lismore.

NRRT chairman Pat Grier said the reasons included that it would bring an economic boost to businesses, the corridor would be cleared and preserved for future use by a train (if that becomes an option), and that the project would further the region’s reputation as an outdoor destination and bring tourism and jobs to the area.

Mr Grier said Tweed Shire Council had already presented a proposal to build the first section from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek to both the state and federal governments.

‘The council and the NRRT are waiting for feedback,’ Mr Grier said.

‘The NRRT group were very pleased to have received this strong support and we are hopeful that Stage 1 will be approved very soon,’ he said.

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