Peter Finch, Byron Bay Tramlink, Lagoon Grass.
Walking the disused railway line with Paul Bibby (Echo April 4) is just another glossy promotional piece from the rail trail movement.
Hans Lovejoy wrote about the tunnel people in The Echo on February 17 last year so there’s nothing new there Paul.
Yes, the rail lines are unused but remember it took Elements Resort seven years to get their train operating. There are several options on the table for using the tracks on the north coast and these will also be privately funded, not paid for by tax payers and local rate payers.
The loudly trumpeted world-class rail trail from Casino to Eltham is a $32 million bike track which will cost $960,000 a year to maintain. The Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek rail trail is a $13 million grant, and the annual maintenance cost is $390,000.
There are so many questions about rail trails remaining unanswered but if you feel $45 million to build and $1.35 million a year to maintain a bike track is good then you are dreaming about a world-class farce.