A Rally for Rail hosted by the Northern Rivers Railway Action Group (NRRAG) will be held this Saturday as part of the group’s campaign to save the railway transport corridor between Casino to Murwillumbah.
NRRAG is inviting everyone to com along and find out why the Northern Rivers is neglected and how many benefits rail services would bring.
Chairperson of NRRAG Beth Shelley says the as NSW state election is due next March, now is the time to take action before the rail line is lost forever. ‘In all the years since our rail service was closed there has been no community consultation to find out what people want,’ says Ms Shelley.
‘I believe the people of this region want trains running but need the opportunity to join together to be heard. NRRAG has petitions with more than 5,500 signatures and recently we have been surveying local businesses and 90% of them want to see trains on our tracks.’
Ms Shelley says science is telling us we need to act urgently on climate change. ‘Having railways to get cars and trucks off the road would cut carbon emissions hugely as well as providing much needed transport for our community.’
Last Saturday there was a ‘Rally for Rail’ at Murwillumbah where speakers included Tweed Shire Mayor Katie Milne, Byron Shire Deputy Mayor Michael Lyons and Bill Fenelon, a new candidate for the Tweed Shire in the State election.
‘Michael Lyons was very confident that Byron would see a new public transport system as a result of Byron Council’s feasibility study and Katie Milne discussed the recent Tweed Shire Council’s tendering process for the options of on or off the railway formation for the Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek bike path.
‘If you want to see trains on our tracks come and show your support at the rally on Saturday. We’ll be taking a photo of supporters at noon to show state political candidates how much this community wants rail services for the environmental, economic and social benefits they bring.
The rail will start at 10am at the Lismore Quad near the Art Gallery.