Nick Casmirri, Wollongbar
Fifteen years ago I became the original secretary of TOOT (trains on our tracks), campaigning firstly against the closure, and then for the reopening, of the rail line. I was also a member of the Greens until 2013.
I know many locals still believe that restoration of the rail line for mass transit offers broader potential benefits for our region than downgrading the corridor to a cycleway.
However, TOOT seems to have become a mere plaything of one political party.
TOOT and others have given carte blanche endorsement to all Greens candidates despite some of their positions promoting the bike trail that removes rail.
A genuine lobby group would be holding parties and candidates to account.