Ian Gow, New Brighton
Been following this ‘debate’ with interest. Started out pretty neutral on the topic but to me, it is blindingly obvious that Byron Bay has seen its last ever train – light or heavy. Not a plot by the government of any persuasion, just a fact of life being replayed in smaller, remote communities all over the world.
Even if a Sydney Brisbane rail line were to resurface, it makes little sense to build it via Byron Shire or stop here. So, why not use the existing rail corridor for something useful!
The light rail push seems very light on with facts to me but in any event, their case collapses as soon as you ask what they think would be a reasonable light rail fare from say Byron to Murwillumbah, as I have. The range of responses is $2 to $5. Unsurprising but equally, wholly unrealistic and stops their case stone dead.
Which, leads us to a rail trail. Just can’t find any reason not to support it. Zero pollution, job creating, decorative, great fun and a potential lifesaver for all those gorgeous little towns along the way.
I realise that bringing visitors, money or jobs to town is complete anathema to many readers but the debate has to make some financial sense surely.