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Tweed Public and Active Transport Group chairperson Alex Lewers.
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Cyclists, walkers and public transport users on the Tweed can look forward to some positive changes following the recent formation of the Tweed Public and Active Transport Group.

The group is looking at a broad range of transport issues including ways to improve connectivity of transport services, promoting the development of public, community and active transport, and identifying and supporting funding applications.

And these are not just armchair experts but people in the field who have the capacity to make changes to how transport happens in the shire.

According to chairperson Alex Lewers, the group brings together ‘people from across the transport sector and will enable holistic discussion around transport issues, possibilities and future directions for the Tweed area’.

‘We are very lucky to have such broad representation within this group,’ Mr Lewers said.

‘We have representatives from Transport for NSW, Tweed Shire Council, Tweed Byron and Ballina Community Transport, Surfside Buslines, Northern Rivers Social Development Council, and the Wollumbin Bicycle User Group. This allows our group to be very action orientated rather than just being another talk fest.’

Mr Lewers said one of the first actions of the group would be to hold a transport information day at the Tweed City Shopping Centre on Thursday February 4 to seek feedback from the community on the transport issues affecting them.

‘If you have a burning question about transport in your area, or just want to find out what services are available, come on down and have a chat,’ he said.

As part of the event, participants will have the option of entering a lucky prize draw to win a three-day adult Gold Pass from Surfside Buslines.

The stall will be located in front of Woolworths in the Tweed City Shopping Centre and will be open from 9am to 5pm.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Public transport is the railway.
    The railway is the safe way. The railway campaign has failed as the NSW government won’t release any money for the Casino to Murwillumbah Railway. That is one state.
    Then there is the Qld government who have not put in the railway line from Varsity Lakes to Coolangatta. They are in debt and have not the money.
    The last timeframe I heard the plan was it would reach Coolangatta in 2032. They now have a construction problem that will skyrocket the cost. They did not put a railway tunnel under the Airport. That tunnel was on the plan for the railway station at Bilinga Beach so Brisbane people could go to the beach and it was also to bring people to the new Cobaki Lakes estate. A huge car park was to be built at a railway station at Cobaki estate. The tunnel under the airport was scrapped, so there is an option for the rail line to now come through Tugun and down the Gold Coast Highway.
    Meanwhile on the Gold Coast is light rail and the Gold Coast Light Rail has been coming for 10 years but it still has not got to Burleigh Heads. So light rail could be here by 2032. Then we need a heavy rail line all the way to Byron Bay on Qld rail gauge so people can get to Brisbane and Brisbane people can get to Byron and that keeps cars off the road and saves petrol. That could be another 30 years, so that makes it in the year 2062.
    This group seems to be a ‘Johnny come lately’ as public transport in rail has been worked on since the Tugun Bypass beginning in 1997. What is needed is money.
    At least a $1billion for the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line, then more money for the Qld rail line from Varsity Lakes to Coolangatta. Then the Gold Coast Light Rail from Broadbeach to Coolangatta, then more money for a rail line from Coolangatta to Byron Bay.

  2. Whatever happened to the Opera House Lottery? Why not raise the funds through a poker machine [any form of gambling] tax?
    I’m sure that infrastructure could be raised before the date described above.

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