24.1 C
Byron Shire
April 16, 2021

Time to debate rail and trail

Latest News

Byron Shire celebrates seniors during festival week

An action-packed program has been planned for the 2021 Byron Shire Seniors Festival with drumming, dancing, walking, yoga and laughing on the program.

Other News

Industry response to Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

As the pandemic has again highlighted the standard of treatment of our elders, Australia’s aged care industry has urged...

Beware of flood damage scams

NSW Fair Trading is warning consumers about opportunistic tradespeople trying to take advantage during the flood recovery process as the state gets back on its feet.

Beach Hotel gets a $6m makeover

Owners of the Beach Hotel, Moelis, say they undertook extensive repairs and updates to the tune of around $6m after COVID-19 forced closure and limited trading last year.

Eungella: Alleged domestic-related stabbing suspect charged with attempted murder

Police say a man will face court today charged with attempted murder following an alleged domestic-related stabbing earlier this year.

Disguised junk mail

A Sinclair, Mullumbimby Does anyone know who is responsible for the thinly disguised bundles of junk mail that are now...

SCU celebrates alumni achievements with awards

A group of Southern Cross University graduates who have made extraordinary global achievements in research, community building, healthcare and environmental issues have been acknowledged with the 2020 Alumni Impact Awards.

It’s good to see The Echo present the debate for trails or trains on our neglected Casino to Murwillumbah rail line.

I would like to encourage the debate, and to see rail trail supporters try to be a little less close-minded about the viability of trains, and even more at the thought of trains and trails co-existing.

How can the idea of a commuter service be a fantasy when the North Byron Beach Resort’s Rail Shuttle proposal has gained a lot traction and even has support from the rail trail group? North Byron Beach Resort understands that tourists would rather catch a ‘slow’ train than be stuck in traffic on Ewingsdale Road.

Rail trail enthusiasts say that the benefits of a trail would include taking cars off roads, being close to schools and getting tourists into the hinterland, when all these benefits can also be applied to a train service.

If a rail trail can get tourism infrastructure funding, then why can’t a tourist train that supports our existing tourism and infrastructure?

The rail trail group can’t keep ignoring that many residents would prefer rail services, and that many rail trail supporters only support the idea because they believe it will save the corridor for train in the future.

Angie Burgler, Mullumbimby


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. They should have both, rail and beside it a riding/walking trail. That would be great. And the rail just goes 3 or 4 times a day back and forth, where as people can ride or walk on the trail next to the lines 24/7.

    • As a rural resident whose home backs onto the old rail line I would much prefer the walking/bike trail to be closed at night time.

  2. yeh i agree, rail service with trails beside and connecting to existing bike paths would be perfect for our area, and we shouldn’t settle for any less than the best solution for everyone.

  3. Both will be great. It is the viable transport solution we need. The carbon emission from this form of transport would be very small. We need both but if not, trains are the way to go.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Tweed council adopts Jack Evans Boat Harbour plan

The Tweed Shire Council has announced that they have adopted the Plan of Management for the Jack Evans Boat Harbour precinct.

Report and recommendations – First Nations people in custody

High, but not high enough, on the country's human rights agenda is the issue of Aboriginal deaths in custody.

Eungella: Alleged domestic-related stabbing suspect charged with attempted murder

Police say a man will face court today charged with attempted murder following an alleged domestic-related stabbing earlier this year.

Remembering and Healing – the Northern Rivers peace effort

The community of Lismore are invited to join events organised by the Remembering and Healing (RaH) group over the weekend encompassing ANZAC Day.