We know everyone is super excited about the trail opening and planning group rides and other exciting opportunities. We can’t wait to host you either but our immediate focus for our small team is on opening, having safe operations and creating great guest experiences for locals and visitors.
While we progress our event management and permit requirements to efficiently, safely and legally coordinate events and large groups on the trail, it means that we will not be considering or approving organised trail events until March 2024 (with the exception of the Rail Trail opening events coordinated by Tweed Shire Council).
Tweed Shire Council is responsible for the management of organised events on the Tweed section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail. Once our rail trail event application process is up and running, an event permit will be required to host and run a events on the Northern Rivers Rail Trail.
Types of organised events include but are not limited to:
- commercial events – an event where a business or organisation charges money or obtains another benefit from supplying goods and services (for example, guided or organised tours)
- competitive events
- social (non-competitive) events
- fundraising and charitable events.
Private groups (30 people or less) and individuals involved in recreational activities, other than for commercial purposes, do not need a permit. Examples include social rides, bushwalking or nature study groups, bird watching or general outdoor activities.
However, we strongly encourage groups to be mindful of the safety tips and rules, break into smaller groups for a great trail experience for yourself and others and to book ahead at any experiences or cafes so they know you are coming.
For now, this approach will help us provide ample opening time to test out the new trail, our infrastructure and importantly to let locals and visitors enjoy the trail. In the background we will be preparing our event strategy and processes and look forward to opening the event applications for ideas and thoughts soon.
Thanks for your understanding and please feel free to contact us to discuss any rail trail events at firstname.lastname@example.org.