NSW Government backs Northern Rivers rail trails
The NSW Government has announced up to $50 million in funding for rail trail pilot projects in the State’s Northern Rivers region.
Announcing the funding, NSW Minister for Regional Tourism John Barilaro advised that Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for local councils, businesses and community groups to boost their tourism economies and create rail trails along sections of the disused Casino to Murwillumbah and Rosewood to Tumbarumba rail corridors.
Minister Barilaro explained “this $50 million boost to the regional tourism sector will benefit local businesses and create jobs, while offering visitors the chance to access amazing locations currently off-limits on disused rail lines.
“Communities in regional NSW have identified a great opportunity to build infrastructure around unused rail lines and the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has listened to this overwhelming support.
“Investing in these tourism projects is a fantastic opportunity for local towns and villages to showcase their region and attract visitors.
“We will continue to consider projects for other disused rail lines in regional areas following the completion of assessments for the pilot projects along these corridors.”
Rail trails are growing in popularity around the world, offering cycling, horse-riding and walking activities.
The $50 million is funded from the $110 million Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund, announced in this year’s NSW Government Budget. Projects submitted as part of the competitive EOI will require a feasibility study, which includes a cost-benefit assessment of the proposed rail trail.
The EOI guidelines can be viewed at www.trade.nsw.gov.au/rtif
Image shows the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
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