It will be a win­ner, and can only add to peo­ple’s ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing in the hin­ter­land. It would make Bur­ring­bar a new des­ti­na­tion. We’re tick­led.

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to the fine sta­tion at Mur­willum­bah.

One worker at the Crabbes Creek gen­eral store (go­ing strong since 1890) said she’d like to be able to cy­cle to Mooball on a Sun­day af­ter­noon, “have a drink and come back safely, which you can’t do at the mo­ment”.

In Mooball, an­other lo­cal noted that Crabbes Creek hosted “com­mu­nity meal” events – “won­der­ful food nights … how good would cy­cling there and back be in the sum­mer?”

Bur­ring­bar’s Eva Heath said “from here to Stok­ers Sid­ing it’s only about 10 or 15km. I’d love to be able to go for a walk there”.

Eva said res­i­dents wanted Bur­ring­bar to re­tain its homely feel, but added the trail “would breathe new life into the vil­lages in the re­gion”, and help new ven­tures such as the Fallen Leaf cafe thrive.

“It will be a win­ner, and can only add to peo­ple’s ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing in the hin­ter­land. It would make Bur­ring­bar a new des­ti­na­tion. We’re tick­led.”

Horse-rid­ing is big in the Tweed Val­ley and Lisa Young at the Stok­ers Sid­ing De­sign Stu­dio and oth­ers said they’d want the trail to be “in­clu­sive”, ac­com­mo­dat­ing horses and with camp­ing spots.

With that qual­i­fi­ca­tion, she said “ev­ery vil­lage would ben­e­fit from it”.

“Each of the vil­lages is unique, and each has an old-fash­ioned charm. We’re quaint, and that’s what a lot of peo­ple are look­ing for.

“Peo­ple come here from Bris­bane look­ing for some­thing or­ganic. Be­ing able to ex­plore the vil­lages in the open air is good for the soul and they come back.”

Hosanna farm stay of­fers all that is good about coun­try life, and owner Alex Reynolds said a rail trail would bring “heaps of cy­clists here with lit­tle chil­dren, stop­ping in the vil­lages”.

“I think it’s a mar­vel­lous idea for fam­i­lies with kids.” Hosanna of­fers cab­ins, “glamp­ing” huts and camp sites and, im­por­tantly, an­i­mals to feed and milk. It has a huge swim­ming dam with kayaks. And there’s a rail tun­nel nearby, with “masses of glow worms”, Alex said.

“It’s a won­der­ful thing that peo­ple should have ac­cess to.”

PHO­TOS: DIGBY HIL­DRETH

◗ Out­doors in the peace and pure air head­ing north from Casino.

◗ Bur­ring­bar store owner Eva Heath says the trail will bring life to vil­lages and strengthen links be­tween them.

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