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May 13, 2021

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A grubby business

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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.

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  1. Jeremy Buckingham would agree with you.
    You are correct Nick, The Greens have moved to the right,
    Vote Independent Jeremy Buckingham in, in the Senate
    Vote 1 in Block L for Jeremy Buckingham.
    Don’t vote Green.
    Get the train on the right track.

  2. Train promoters continue tier confused thinking over the corrdior by suggesting the rail trial is an alternative to public transport. Rail in an area like ours is poorly targeted at low income, indigenous and transport dependent households and their destinations, offers fewer services and poorer connectivity , uses more fuel per potential passenger than smaller road-based transport and is off the grid and so tied to carbon fuels for more than short flat distances. The only economic, equitable, sustainable approach to public transport in our area is road-based. The rail trial is simply an alternative use for a corridor that is not useful for public transport.

    Not very many locals agreed with your assessment of the benefit of a train. Overwhelmingly they voted for Labor and the Nationals who are not intersted in it and unequivocally support the rail trial . The only Green elected was Tamara Smith who has ling supported better bus services and who sensibly stayed well away from the issue. There is now a strong social licence from our community to proceed with the rail trial including for a rail trial through the Byron Shire consistent with any funded Byron Line proposals.

  3. The Cumbalum resident keeps writing complete unsubstantiated nonsense.

    Locals are well aware of the benefits of a train service on the C-M line that’s why OVER TEN THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED PETITIONS to get the trains running since the last state election.

    The Ballina and Lismore electorates resoundingly rejected the candidates who have long campaigned to rip up the rail line for a bike track and overwhelmingly voted for those who used ambiguous language about ‘public transport’ and ‘transport plans’ as they knew mentioning ripping up the line for a bike track would lose them votes. As it did for the Nats, AGAIN.

    Locals are well aware of the mess incompetent state governments have made of public transport as well as the damage done by privatising our electricity system, and are not about to let them destroy our train line.

    The government has NO mandate to waste more millions ripping up the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line.


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