The rail trail is an excellent initiative that should benefit both locals and tourists, and I think it will be well frequented.
However, I agree with Cr Basil Cameron that we shouldn’t rip up the existing train lines to make the corridor solely a bike trail.
The rail, and perhaps light rail, are not the panacea for our transport woes, and the congested roads we face every day, but it could be part of a suite of solutions that go to assist our traffic problems.
In particular, I suggest that the transport issues into and around Byron Bay are a key consideration for future planning needs of the town.
This leads me to the view that the rail corridor should be preserved for transport uses that are compatible with a rail trail being constructed in those sections.
I applaud the rail trail initiative, but I do not believe we have the luxury of throwing out potential solutions to our congested roads.
Paul Spooner, Labor candidate for Ballina