A recent report from the Climate Council states that ‘Transport is now Australia’s second largest source of greenhouse gas pollution after electricity. Australia consistently ranks at the back of the pack when it comes to tackling its transport emissions.’
Apparently our investment in public transport is lower than other countries and we have no plan to reduce transport emissions.
We have a railway track in the Northern Rivers that isn’t being used and instead we have growing congestion and dangerous roads. Our governments continue to support oil and road companies by funding roads instead of rail and its not good enough.
In this area we have to pay hugely for our transport needs, thousands more per year than for electricity and meanwhile our climate footprint will risk our children’s future.
I’ve written letters about this in the past and been involved in organising rallies. But all of that means nothing if you have a government that doesn’t listen. The only chance we really have to make a difference is when we get to vote for a representative that cares about climate change and public transport.
The Casino to Murwillumbah railway line is one way to make a significant cut in transport emissions now by acting quickly to introduce a regular, commuter rail service.
Let your candidates know that you vote for trains.