After a decade of impassioned debate, the controversial rail trail mission between Murwillumbah and Crabbes Creek is situation to sooner or later go ahead.
- Tweed Shire Council has voted to settle for an $11.9m tender for the rail trail mission.
- The tender entails dismantling the present tracks
- Councillors were educated at the eleventh hour that funding became contingent on the tracks being removed
Tweed Shire Council final night time voted to settle for an $11.9 million tender for the mission, which is ready to glance piece of a disused railway line removed to invent plan for a motorbike tune.
The planned mission, piece of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail, has sparked fierce toughen and opposition since it became first mooted greater than 10 years ago, with many lobbying for the return of the put together carrier that ceased in 2004.
Exchange of plans
Tweed Mayor Chris Cherry acknowledged the council became most captivating educated the day before today that the funding became conditional on the tracks being dismantled.
“We were educated the day before today by employees that Infrastructure NSW had educated them that, if we wanted to invent an off-formation rail trail (a trail running beside the put together tracks), that is seemingly to be thought to be a variation to funding, and they wouldn’t be approving a variation,” Cr Cherry acknowledged.
The piece covers 24 kilometres from Murwillumbah put together space by skill of the villages of Stokers Siding, Burringbar and Mooball, including 18 bridges and two tunnels.
The New South Wales government has contributed $7.8 million to the mission, with an additional $6.8 million from the federal government.
It is piece of a greater proposal for a rail trail running the full 130-kilometre dimension of the disused On line casino to Murwillumbah branch line.
In December, Richmond Valley Council adopted a draft grasp conception for a section of rail trail running from On line casino to Bentley, which has been funded to the tune of $7.5 million.
Community team considers correct lag
Tom Rayner, from the We Can Budge Together community team, acknowledged they were disappointed by the dedication to dismantle the tracks, and had no longer dominated out taking correct lag towards the council.
However Tweed Shire councillor Reece Byrne, who voted in favour of the rail trail tender, became singing the mission’s praises.
“It be basically the most particular plan ahead for jobs, tourism and opportunity for our shire for the next couple of a long time,” Cr Byrne acknowledged.
The pinnacle of Go back and forth situation North Creep, Cameron Arnold, acknowledged the rail trail could presumably per chance presumably be a recreation changer for the quandary.
“The rail line primitive to be a connector between our towns and our villages and the rail trail will fully re-put that connection.”