Coalition nails Labor rail trail ‘fail’

REGIONAL Tourism Minister John Barilaro has slammed Labor's announcement of a rail trail policy as "nothing more than $9 million for a glossy brochure and an empty promise".

"Today, Labor made a $9 million commitment to consultants. Not to infrastructure, not to building a tourism economy for local communities in regional NSW," Mr Barilaro said.

The Coalition has earmarked up to $50 million for rail trail development along the disused Casino to Murwillumbah and Rosewood to Tumbarumba rail corridors.

Shadow minister for rural and regional affairs Mick Veitch yesterday announced Labor would "rescue TAFE to give young people hope for the future - and we'll lower the racing tax and invest in rail trails to support regional visitor economies".

Mr Barilaro called the $9 million promise an "underwhelming plan".

"This is policy on the run that will not strengthen and diversify the local economies nor will this policy boost visitor numbers and create new jobs," he said.