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Bangalow Progress Association is inviting the general public, BPA members and representatives of other local community organisations to a meeting to hear presentations on how the various options for new uses of the Murwillumbah to Casino rail corridor could impact upon Bangalow and neighbouring areas.

The NSW government is making up to $50m available to assist rail trail development or for commercial use of disused rail corridors in two areas of NSW of which the longest stretch is the Casino to Murwillumbah railway. Expressions of interest are due by the end of March 2015.

Potential loss

BPA president Tony Hart said, ‘Bangalow already attracts many tourists, often day trippers plus visitors staying in Byron Bay and other coastal resorts and the surrounding hinterland.’

‘While these are very welcome, there is potential for Bangalow losing its attractiveness should we have too many tourists or different types of tourists merely using the town as a starting off or end point for a walk or ride on the rail corridor.

‘BPA is encouraging more open debate about how Bangalow will be impacted upon by the various options.’

Representatives of at least three separate groups planning to submit expressions of interest to the state government will speak at the meeting in Bangalow Heritage House in Deacon Street 5.30–8pm on Thursday March 5.


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  1. I agree with Tony Hart. There are already enough tourists in the region, 4.1million im pretty sure. So for us to sacrifice a valuable piece of community infrastructure, just so plenty of money can be wasted, and towns can loose their attractiveness is just stupid!

  2. I urge the residents of Bangalow, to resist the temptation to rip up the track to make way for a cycle and pedestrian way.It would prevent a better longterm solution in form of light rail, Light rail would benefit the whole community, including businesses and parents. Bangalow is ideally suited as a temporary end station on a Bangalow to Byron to Mullumbimby commuter rail service, which would bring tourists to the businesses of Bangalow without more traffic, and residents to and from the Bay.

  3. Are you people serious? Too many tourists of the wrong type?
    The region has change and will continue to change, just as the rest of the country and world changes…
    Bangalow is now primarily a tourist town, relying on tourist dollars to survive. FACT!
    Do you really think that attracting people to participate in healthy activities, like walking and cycling, to the area is going to be somehow detrimental?
    How many ways can you be told? YOU ARE NOT GETTING A TRAIN!
    The options are simple: Re-use the corridor for something constructive, other than a road or train, OR LOSE IT!
    Just this morning I past a jogger on Bangalow-Lismore rd at Binna Burra and thought “Wow, that’s dangerous… He should do that somewhere safer.”

  4. Bangalow residents need to ask whether they want a dual track electrified train running thru the heart of its town every 30 minutes between 5am and 2am.This is the scenario in 20 years time as it will be the mainline between Lismore and Tweed Heads.Be careful of what you wish for now as it will come back to bite us .
    Would it not be better to push for the train line to follow the Pacific Highway,keeping noise within the existing noise corridor.
    I have lived in Byron Bay for 50 years and my Grandfather was Postmaster at Bangalow from 1944 to 1969 so my heart is fully in love with this region,don’t want it spoilt.

    • People wanted trains and that is end of conversation. No matter if it just for us to need it. We need to stop the car dependecy!

      Have you been living like an agorophobia for whole life, or just doesn’t coexist with your neighbours and other communities? People in Bangalow wants trains just as much as other towns and cities in the region and to connect to Sydney and Brisbane.

      So as you are an old person, I think you seemed not caring for young children generation for their future because you won’t be alive to see the significant impacts on their lives! Stop playing a guilty card game. if you want to live life like you are now, you deserve to live in Las Vegas!

      • Very interesting reply Mathew ,it would appear you didn’t read my response very well.I so want trains but they need to look at the pro’s and con’s for using part or all of the old corridor.
        Another Mathew by the the nickname Treehugger lumped vitriolic attacks on me on Facebook ,but interestingly all his posts and his timeline dissappeared,a mere coincidence I presume.
        I always use my full name rather than hiding behind a nom de plume.

  5. I don’t think that a lot of people realise that our locals are worth much more then our tourists. General rule of thumb tourists only stay in our area from 24 to 72 hrs Whereas locals are here all year. Taking that into consideration these are my point plan as to why we desperately need a real train assp
    1) older people, younger people, those with mental disabilities, poor people all have valid reason why they can’t or don’t have a car
    2) A restaurant car could be included to involve our local cheese, salami, vegetable and other produce sourced localy
    3) parents that live along the line from Byron to Lismore would have use of it regularly, as they did not to long ago.

    4) Produce from interstate could be transported to the variouse towns rather then the using big trucks such as is being used on the deadly Bangalow to Lismore road today.
    5) Less traffic congestion genarely therefore less accidents and less pollution
    6) Easy access to the Gold Coast airport through Murwillumbah Especially with the Commenwealth games at our door step And all the perspective tourists etc

    I hope this has helped. I’m lived in this are for over 30years I know how intrinsically we need our train back
    Cheers Julz

  6. I really hope Bangalow residents keeping it up wanting the trains back. I really do hope for them. I don’t live in NR anymore but I have been living there for whole life until last year. I am a victim of migrant because as being young person the region’s satisfaction is very poor to me. No public transport, no jobs for young people including university qualifications, not enough resources, very dangerous roads, no combation against climate change as we getting threats of gasfields. Water becoming fluoridated and that will poison our bodies.

    A rail trail is tourist and leisure idea. Not a community owned idea, because communities want public transport. If Northern Rivers hasn’t changed with or without rail trails in next ten years. Looks like we have to say goodbye to beautiful natural region by letting all the accesses to the rich and dirty tourists, gasfields and minefields, dirty water, dangerous weather conditions, congested and polluted super highways and no inter generational change.

    No community democracy exists today, that is not a vision for our future. Oh come on people, just please respect other people’s needs and let the future run in!


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