It is interesting to watch the Bangalow community assess the rail trail and its impacts.
The late Keating speech writer and virtual Bangalow mayor Michael Molloy (God rest his soul) was the architect of the Bangalow revival. He saw the opportunity for a heritage village that would provide the community glue as well as be the foundation for a sustainable economy.
He was vehemently opposed to more through traffic in Bangalow and fought for no exit to the new motorway as the way to control car numbers. He organised a well-attended public meeting that voted 100 per cent in favour of no highway entrance to Bangalow.
After he sadly passed away, the RMS convinced local member Don Page and select community representatives to endorse a highway exit that will add more traffic to the village. This is currently under construction.
I never discussed rail trail with Michael who I was fortunate enough to work with closely on the Hinterland Way plan.
Michael was not the type to want to rule from the grave, he was much more humble and realistic to wish for that.
However my guess is that he would have believed that tourists on bikes can bring more net positives than more cars. He was often talking about how quality tourists are vital to Bangalows prosperity.
I suspect he would have been a rail trail advocate as part of his vision for the village of Bangalow.
Tony Gilding, Bangalow