Your article on the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line is a disgrace.
Normally if a person accuses another person of lying you as a journalist should at the very least contact the person being accused to give them a right of reply. You did not contact me.
For the record, our commitment before the 2011 election was to do a feasibility study into trains being reinstated on the Casino to Murwillumbah line. We honoured that commitment.
The feasibility study said, amongst other things, reinstating trains on the Casino to Murwillumbah line would not meet the public transport needs of the region because two of the three largest towns in the region (i.e. Ballina and Tweed Heads) would not be serviced by the trains no matter what combination of services were provided. This remains the case regardless of any argument about costs.
Secondly, the government has made it clear, and it’s in the Terms of Reference for the Rail Trail study, any consideration of a rail trail must be based on the commitment to keeping the rail corridor in public ownership in case at some future time trains become viable.
Don Page MP, member for Ballina