Laurence Axtens, Lismore
It is time that the conflict between rail trailers (Trailers) and trains on tracks (TOOTs) be brought to a speedy conclusion. Whilst this decade-long battle of words continues, nothing is being actually done to address the urgent underlying issues raised by both sides and funds are being wasted sustaining a corridor that is doing nothing.
Only someone paid off by corporate interests would argue that our region has adequate public transport; it simply doesn’t.
Any coherent approach to addressing climate change requires a significant increase in public transport and rail freight. Similarly, no one should ignore the plight of bicyclists; they make up a disproportionate component of road deaths and their decision to travel pollution free is to be applauded as we grow as a mecca for tourism.
It’s time to cut to the chase. We require an independent feasibility study and integrated transport plan that connects our villages to the Gold Coast and adequately establishes cycleways throughout our incredibly picturesque region. We need to get the best use out of the Lismore to Murwillumbah public transport corridor and it’s time for a powerful grass roots campaigner determined to get action instead of rancour and raves and disunity.
At the moment there are only two reports and both are inadequate; the way ahead may require some sharing of the corridor, it may require purchase of other lands, what a working and competent government does is just that.
The present Liberal government despises public expenditure and has been delighting in this bun fight. Meanwhile their apologists and servants, The Nationals, have pretended to champion both sides.