We know everyone is super excited about the rail 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 filming permit requirements to efficiently, safely, and legally coordinate events, large groups and filming on the rail trail, it means that we will not be considering or approving organised rail trail events or filming until Q1 2024 (with the exception of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail events coordinated by Tweed Shire Council).
Tweed Shire Council is responsible for the management of organised events and filming on the Tweed section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail. Once our rail trail event and filming application process is up and running, an event or filming permit will be required to host and run an event or conduct filming on the Northern Rivers Rail Trail.
Types of organised events include but are not limited to:
- 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.
Groups should read the safety tips and rules, break into smaller groups for a great rail trail experience for all and book ahead at trail experiences or cafes/pubs/restaurants so they know you are coming.
Application fees for an event and filming permit will be published shortly, prior to the acceptance of events from Q1 2024.
For now, this approach will help us provide ample opening time to test out the new rail trail, our infrastructure and importantly to let locals and visitors enjoy the rail trail. We look forward to opening the event applications for ideas and thoughts in Q1 2024.
Thanks for your understanding and please feel free to contact us to discuss rail trail events at email@example.com.