Jens Krause, Byron Bay
The maximalist, extremist position of the winner takes all ‘rail trail project’ has definitely not full support in our shire.
This was demonstrated by the recent Byron Shire Council vote, where a motion to fully support the ‘rail trail project’ was debated.
Even though the numbers were five in favour and four against, it is clear there is no full support.
Not even a majority support, if the democratically illegitimate vote of one councillor is discarded.
Cr Rose Wanchap has changed sides and does nor represent anymore the voters who voted her in on a Greens ticket.
Why is this important? Because the NSW government is looking for support from the community before spending money on the rail trail and demolishing of the tracks. The state government cannot rely on the support it is seeking.
More likely there is large support for a light rail service with adjacent cycling tracks, where possible.
Do not spend tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, creating a plaything for the few. This money would be sufficient to restore a light rail service connecting the towns in our shire.
It is now time to combine resources to create a Byron Shire Light Rail and Trail project.