There’s a track winding back through Byron and beyond between Casino and Murwillumbah.
This overgrown long paddock snakes its forgotten way through the heart and extremities of the Byron shire. It used to be a railway track and now some people want to turn it into a trail for walking and cycling.
Is that a good idea or not? After all, it is a lot of land and could be sold for development, with profits going into research exploring the benefits of exercise, more in keeping with government policy. After all, what would an old GP know about health?
Some enterprising souls might even think about establishing refreshment kiosks in the old stations that could become a magnet for all those tourists to discover the hidden beauties.
A popular fear exists that once people start walking in the country, then the trains may never come back to this trail of ghosts.
So, we could leave it just as is and then no-one will have to do anything.
David Miller, Brunswick Heads