The rail Trail myth has been finally put to bed.
Ripping up the tracks in order to provide for a cycling path has been resoundingly rejected by the people of Byron shire.
The proponent of such a crazy idea, the National Party and Kris Beavis, received approximately 15 per cent of the primary vote in Byron shire.
All other major candidates have gone to the polls with a policy to keep the tracks and work towards a commuter rail service.
Therefore the only logical conclusion is that the rail trail proposal must be shelved in it’s current form, the rail trail needs to find a way alongside the tracks, it must work in cooperation with other parties.
It would benefit our communities, if the rail trail lobby finally would come off their high horse and talk to rail supporters.
There is no way the NSW government after this election can assume a community endorsement for ripping up the rail for a cycling pass, such an endorsement a condition put on any rail trail proposal.
This election result clearly shows a vote in favour of a rail service for this region.
Jens Krause, Byron Bay