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Rail trail impacts and motives questioned

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While many in our area are enthusiastic about the ‘Rail Trail’, others are less so and genuinely concerned about its potential impacts, even about the motives of its promoters.

I think the basic problem is that we don’t know enough about what is proposed and, as it looks as if generous state government funding will be provided, it’s surely time we found out; there will be impacts – some beneficial, others perhaps not – but we need information.

The Bangalow Progress Association believes it is an important issue and has decided to hold a special meeting with speakers from relevant organisations, eg Northern  Rivers Rail Trail and Rail Explorers, who are thinking of providing pedal cars between Bangalow and Byron.

The meeting will be at Heritage House in Deacon Street, Bangalow on Thursday, 5 March, from 5.30pm and all are welcome. We hope to be able to provide useful information and give everyone an opportunity to ask questions and express their views and concerns.

Jenny Coman, secretary, Bangalow Progress Association


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  1. Questions: Will the residents of Bangalow want a dual track electrified train system running through the heart of Bangalow?
    : Will the Bangalow residents want trains running at least every 30 minutes between the hours of 5am and 2am everyday?
    This will be the main line running between Coolangatta and Lismore servicing the workers so it needs have regular train trips .It will also be the transport line for the late night party goers .
    Be careful what you wish for, as a train thru the heart of Bangalow could become a nightmare in 30 years time.
    Please think about the implications for the future of Bangalow, running a noisy train system 24/7 thru its heart may not be the solution.
    A train line following the Pacific and Bruxner Highway would a better option.
    I have lived in Byron Bay for 50 years , my Grandfather Norm Bensley was Postmaster at Bangalow from 1944 to 1964 and I have a deep love for this area.

  2. I would like to know, who is behind the Sourdough group, and what are their motivations? They seem to originate out of the Bangalow area, are flush with funds and seem to be driving the Rail Trail agenda. Are real estate agents involved in it? What is the role and motivation of Destination Byron in supporting Rail Trail? Are commercial interests of members involved?

  3. Ah conspiracy theories!! Rail trail a plot for world domination!! Be very afraid!!

    Come on guys this is la la land!


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