When I first moved here I was a student with no car. I hitchhiked until I was nearly raped and then I couldn’t do it anymore.
Some time later I was a single mother with chronic post-natal depression and with no car I was stuck in misery. Since then I’ve worked in welfare for many years and seen the same difficulty and suffering especially for families escaping domestic violence.
I noticed that many Aboriginal women get less income because they can’t deal with the child support agency requirements so they get stuck at home suffering post-traumatic stress from DV.
Being able to catch a train to the beach for the day would be a wonderful thing for these families.
There are many very sick people who will never be able to get their healthcare needs met in Lismore. They go to Brisbane or the Gold Coast and they can’t drive. The buses take hours and are an exhausting experience for a sick person.
Many elderly people who can’t drive are stuck at home and social isolation is a constant element in research on illness and death.
The government wants to replace the train track with a bike path for people who can afford an expensive bike, are fit and healthy and like to ride long distances. Would this be as much as one per cent of the population?
I’m hoping that the little train from North Byron will stop the government ripping up our train tracks. I want to make this world a better place for all.
Beth Shelley, Booerie Creek