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The Murwillumbah Business Chamber is sponsoring a forum next week that will look at the options for the shire’s soon-to-be-built rail trail from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek.

The group says the purpose of the forum is to provide information about off track and on track formation options for the construction of the Tweed section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail.

This meeting will be facilitated by retired Lt Col David Freeman, te former Chief Legal Officer of the Australian Army.

Speakers will include: Jane Laverty, Northern Rivers District Business Chamber; Cameron Arnold, Destination North Coast; Geoff Meers, Northern Rivers Rail Trail Secretary; Patrick Knight, NRRT Engineer; Bill Fenelon, Northern Rivers Railway Action Group; Tom Rayner, civil engineer; and Peter Finch, Tweed Byron Tramways.

Questions from the floor will only be accepted via email to [email protected]

The panel will have seven minutes each speaking time allocated.

The meeting will run from 6 to 8pm, on Wednesday, March 14, Murwillumbah Services Club.

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  1. A heritage railway from Byron Bay to Mullumbimby, or even further to Billinudgel would attract many tourists, like such railways do in other places.

    For example the Steam Ranger organization’s Cockle Train which runs on a regular schedule along the South Australian coast between Victor Harbor and Goolwa.
    Built on volunteer hours, that train is extremely well patronized and is a financial success story.

    The solar train at Byron Bay might just be the beginning of tourism use of part of the rail corridor.

    Certainly run a trail from M’bah to Crabbes Creek for bike riders and walkers and maybe horse riders too, but save some of the coastal section of the line for a more financially sound tourist attraction, should the enthusiasm be found amongst heritage rail devotees..

    • Jack

      It is important for the overall rail trail concept that it continues through the Byron Shire to connect with the path through Lismore LGA, and so cyclists and others can enjoy the Shires many attractions. The Byron Line feasibility study will examine if a tourist focused rail service that could also be used by locals is feasible
      Unfortunately the terms of reference did not include any reference to how that service will work with existing bus services, nor how the intention of the Byron Line concept that a rail service will contribute to the rail trail through the Byron Shire. When I raised this with Mayor Richardson he wrote on Facebook: “Hi Peter – thanks for the input, we are totally committed to having the information you describe- for me, this is crucial. It won’t be the great elixir of our problems but with a regular service along the line, buses can work in a supportive way “. I would have though that since only buses go to key destinations of public transport users like the hospital, it was the train that can support the bus services, but nevertheless I trust Mayor Richardson will be good to his word and we will read how the rail trail will work through the Byron Shire, and how a Byron Line rail service can enhance rather than diminish the amenity of those that need public transport.

  2. Other than at the cutting at McAuleys lane, the rail corridor could be wide enough to accommodate a rail track and a bike trail between Bayshore Drive and Mullumbimby Station.


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