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NSW govt to flog off more Byron rail land

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A parcel of Butler Street land in Byron’s CBD, managed by Transport for NSW on behalf of the NSW government, is up for sale.

While the blurb on www.ciaustralia.com.au says the property is zoned R2 Low Density Residential and comprises a 373sqm prime vacant, there is no mention of the slated bypass.

An online auction is planned at auctionworksonline.net.au on May 7 at 11am.

Additionally, lot 11 Milton Street in Byron Bay is also being sold, which is located next to the disused railway near Belongil Beach.

Without road access

Yet the 373 sqm land comes without access to the property from a public road.

There is ‘no right of way over any of the land fronting Shirley or Milton Streets’.

The tender process will close at 4pm on May 6.

The sale follows other planned auctions for three large railway lands in Lismore, which was highlighted by NSW Labor recently.

NSW Labor MLC Walt Secord says, ‘Since April 2011, the state Liberals and Nationals have overseen the sell-off of $70b worth of public assets’.

Sell off of public assets $70b: Labor

‘This is astounding – and a betrayal’, Mr Secord said.

He claims the following has been sold off: ‘Electricity generators, power stations and poles and wires; buses and ferry services; the Land Titles Office; major ports; water infrastructure; TAFE campuses; and The Northern Beaches Hospital.’

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  1. They will grant the parcel right of carriage through the corridor.

    The corridor itself will eventually be up for sale if it is left disused. Contrary to the prevalent myth that the corridor is somehow “protected” by the presence of the rails, all it would take to permit the sale is an act of parliament by any party with a working majority. The LNP has a working majority.

    The smart solution is to get a rail trail project happening ASAP while the government still has some money available for regional development.

    Use it or lose it.

  2. This should be more alarming than it is, and deserves our attention. It belongs to us the people, NOT FOR SALE!

  3. I agree with Greg Clitheroe.
    Use it NOW, or lose it forever!
    Still having trouble coming coming to terms with the State election result! People are so gullible and lazy to let this happen. More sell offs of public assets are inevitable with Coalition in charge. Higher prices are inevitable as you privatise more previously public owned assets. Then they try to balance their dodgy books with spoils from the sales, whilst slashing public services! gggggrrrrrrrrrr.

  4. This is a direct consequence of that idiotic ‘Rail Trail’ .
    How stupid are people who destroy the social capital that has been provided, and paid for by the previous generation , in order to pander to a frivolous horsey track ?
    ———– or are they just the victims of slick Realestate swindle ?

    • This is a direct consequence of the corridor not being used for fifteen years. It has nothing to do with the rail trail except that a rail trail – along with any rail under the Byron Line proposals that might get funding – will provide a use for the rail corridor and so less incentive to sell it off. No one would dream of selling of the land currently used by the Byron Railroad; it is similarly unlikely anyone one would sell off the land used for a mixed use path in a place like the Bay where walking and cycling are popular.

  5. These little parcels of land is of no use to State Rail . The one in Milton St is being looked after and used by the adjacent land owner , the one in Butler St is a rubbish tip and cannot be used except for a R2 or R3 home .

  6. Well der…how surprising that the corporate-owned COALition is selling off all of the peoples’ assets. It is what they DO. Gotta pay back their corporate donor/owners.
    Reckon the LNP will sell off just about everything that is left including their own children, now that they’re in power for another four years. (Who voted for them, hey?)
    Oh, by the way, the ex-ALP hero Luke Foley, some months before he slithered out of politics in disgrace, publicly stated that he had no problem with privatisations. Bit rich for Secord to now be faking outrage, don’t you think?
    COALition or Labor, there is no lesser of two bloody evils, people.

  7. Greg is wrong , the only way to preserve this land for rail is to simply use it for … rail !! To fuel an agenda served by a minority will ensure the corridor is sold . The rail trail from Stratford to traralgon in Vic has seen huge parcels of land in town sold off with buildings built it can never ever be a corridor again without purchasing or acquiring huge chunks of real estate . South Gippsland rail trail has also seen much of the corridor sold off and in some parts entire sections sold . This too can NEVER EVER be a corridor again unlike other lines that although are completely dismantled and gone remain rail property . Formal closure of the line will mean exactly that , goodbye rail permanently and hello land sales !

    • Use it or loose it. Land on and in the vicinity of former rail corridors will be sold off if they are not being used. It it only needs a change of legislation which is not difficult in a parliament where Labor and the LNP do not want to publicly fund a rail service. The Elements train provides a strong protection to that part of the corridor because it is in use and if it happens the Byron Line would too. The rail trail provides a similar use and protection but does it along the length of the line which helps ensure parts are not sold off piecemeal destroying its integrity.

  8. Anyone who bothers to look will quickly see that both of these small parcels of land are adjacent to the rail corridor, not part of it. Their sale would in no way affect the managment of the rail corridor, whether it be for rail or trail.

  9. There are much larger parcels of land within the rail corridor getting sold at South Lismore . It could be used for storing heritage tourist trains but we want subsidised public commuter trains , not expensive nostalgic tourist trains that residents can not afford .

  10. Given that they seem tp be off the corridor, someone might buy one of them for a cafe for the users of the rail trail. Big enough for a cafe, too small for a dwelling.


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