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Regarding Elements’ recent letter to neighbours and an article in The Echo, Sunrise Progress Association sent a letter to neighbours. Here is an abbreviated version.

Elements says the train will be quieter than the XPT. They have no acoustic measurements. They use a meaningless description for the train’s horn [sounded every time it crosses Kendall St], as ‘gently sounding.’ The train has an air horn and it will sound like a train horn.

The resort admits it will be using toxic diesel, saying the same diesel used in trucks will be used in the train, stating, ‘There is not a special kind of more toxic diesel fuel for our train.’ The train does not have particulate filtration.

Elements planners are using their 1987 DA as if community standards about the environment haven’t changed since then. They make ‘minor amendments’ via S96 submissions which are significant amendments. They got approval to run the train 7.30am–10.30pm regardless of residents’ concerns aired at Council.

Elements’ letter says this train ‘ticked all the boxes,’ for running. It doesn’t tick any boxes for environmental sensitivity, frequency of operation, proximity to housing and tourist accommodation and the changes of community standards since 1987.

It defies belief that a so-called ‘eco resort’ operating in a ‘zero emissions’ town like Byron Bay could proceed without any evidence of environmental assessment or scrutiny. Stay informed with ‘No Dirty Diesel Train Byron’ Facebook.



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  1. Its irresponsible that you continue to post nothing but false lies and drivel on that Facebook page yet you continue to market it as “Get informed”! It really should read “Get MISINFORMED” because there are plenty of people who have real experience and know what they are talking about yet you continue to ignore them and push on with your own misinformation.

    Why? Well that’s a very good question. When you have someone who restored the railmotor coming up here who tries to ease your concerns by posting factual information, you continue to ignore them! If you had real concerns that page would cease to exist as the amount of times you have been corrected by engineers and people with experience makes my head spin.

    Come on people, stop dumbing the community down with all the lies and misinformation.

    People willing to have an informed opinion on the topic should see here to get the facts: http://northbyronbeachresort.com.au/rail-shuttle/ This link contains information from the engineers that restored the train in Lithgow so they are the people who know what they are talking about

    The fact is, the diesel fuel used by this railmotor is no different to, and produces less emissions compared to the trucks and buses that are driving around Byron right now. There is no health risk as stated by these people, and the horn is exactly how Elements have described it – Soft sounding and gentle.


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