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To Paul Spooner: do you seriously think this $50 million is a simple handout to anyone that wants it for whatever they want it for? Well no, it’s not. It is part of the NSW Tourism budget, and nothing at all to do with traffic on Ewingsdale Road, or the horrendous West Byron debacle. Traffic from Lismore and Bangalow, comes into the south of Byron, nowhere near the CBD. Traffic from the north, largely comes from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, not Murwillumbah, Stoker’s Siding, Burringbar, Mooball etc.

And to Matt Hartley’s call for a community discussion on the use of the derelict rail corridor; Give us all a break Matt, we’ve all had 11 years to do that.

And Basil Cameron even says the $50 million ‘is a disgraceful waste of public money’, as if spending $1 billion (that’s 20 times more) on an 1890s designed freight corridor to get an archaic fossil fuel train back, is fiscally responsible policy, and is not a disgraceful waste of public money. Hmmm. Well, that speaks for itself really.

Please, will you all get off the vote-catching dumbing-down politics approach, and work on best policies.
You all could take a leaf out of the Rail Trail success story here, by siding with good sensible visionary policy, and pursuing it with real conviction, to its fruition.
This $50 million result, is purely from the hard sweat from the Northern Rivers Rail Trail group’s vision and conviction. We, as a community, owe this result totally at their feet.
So please, get up to speed Paul, Matt and Basil, the March election is just around the corner. Good luck.

Tim Sha

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  1. Very well said Tim. It will soon be 11 years, it is time for train supporters to admit that their incessant campaigns and bleatings have not delivered us a train and there are no prospects to the contrary. Another idea has been given a chance to come into being, and it’s Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Timely, a classic “smart goal”. When it exceeds our expectations, as it surely will, it will attract plenty of converts, just like other rail trail have done in the past.


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