In the rail versus trail debate many people want a commuter train service but the Liberal government wants to rip up the train track for a bike path. An issue important to this debate is climate change and the carbon emissions produced by roads as compared to rail.
The Deloitte Access Economics Report of 2011 states that ‘Australia is now the most intensive user of road freight in the world and has the least energy-efficient road passenger transport among members of the International Energy Association (DFAT 2008 and prime minister’s task group on energy efficiency 2010).’
A national government report in 2014, ‘The bottom line on energy efficiency,’ says, ‘Rail freight emits 75 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions per tonne of freight moved compared to the road freight transport sector.’
A rock wall is being built to save houses at Belongil, storms of fierce intensity are increasing and climate change is staring us in the face. How can we ignore the need to cut carbon emissions by investing in an efficient and effective railway?
Many people in the northern rivers want to save the earth from climate change and want decent public transport. Our community needs to lobby governments at all levels to save the train.
Check out the Facebook page of the Northern Rivers Railway Action Group Inc to help. We need to tell the government that we want trains back on the Casino to Murwillumbah Railway and we don’t want climate change.
Beth Shelley, Northern Rivers Railway Action Group, Booerie Creek