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Jo Faith has raised the point of the health dangers from the diesel train that Elements is intending to run from their resort to Byron town.

On October 8, The Australian published a comment from Elements development director Jeremy Holmes which I could only describe as a cynical attitude towards the citizens of Byron Bay.

His quote, ‘getting approval for such a project from a community notoriously slow to accept anything remotely progressive had been a challenge,’ flies in the face of this community that is progressive in protesting about the dirty outmoded diesel engine that Elements wants to have spray out carcinogenic particulates with no monitoring whatsoever.

The Australian article also states, ‘While the push for the train service was first motivated by a “selfish” desire to ensure guests seeking out luxury accommodation were not forced to endure 40-minute traffic delays, the resort is offering the service to the general public.’

Well thanks a lot, Elements, for publicly explaining why you really want this train!

Lee Cass, Byron Bay


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  1. It’s funny how people don’t realise that they are surrounded with dirty diesel fumes all day long with buses, trucks and many cars now using diesel. They sit on Ewingsdale Rd pumping it out into the air around Sunrise all day long and this one little train engine will cut down on the numbers of cars on that road. It is progressive and will lessen the fumes. Thanks heaps little train.

    • Beth, please supply the report of how many cars this train will reduce on ewingsdale road – oh that’s right no such document exists. All modern cars, trucks, buses have pollution equipment fitted. This toxic WWII train has no such technology.


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