It is worth noting and sharing with the community that the loss of our valuable train service was a decision made during the Carr/Costa Labor government, a decision which generated many millions to the then government.
This fact has been revealed in the book of Mark Latham a much maligned politician. So the legacy that we now face in Byron Shire stems from decisions made pre-ICAC.
Large petroleum companies don’t want trains do they?
Furthermore, as citizens we are constitutionally entitled to freedom of movement.
We need to research the conditions that made it possible for our publicly owned state rail-line to be acquired by a private corporation in order to run a type of Disney train and not servicing the greater good/needs of the larger tax paying community.
It must be further noted that constitutional legal remedy is offered should a legal technicality occur within state policy. In other words, the federal legal powers over-ride those of state legal powers concerning rail-ways.
Facing the onslaught of non-sustainable development, fairy-floss train rides, thousands more cars on Ewingsdale Road, extreme weather conditions, no evacuation plan, ecological destruction and so on, it is only right and proper that the community stand up and loudly say ‘No! Enough is enough!’
There will be a better way forward once the slime and mud is cleaned from the well.
Diana Jo Faith, Newtown