Beth Shelley, Booerie Creek
The news about the Byron rail report is exciting but hearing how little the state government cares about our railway on the North Coast is always disappointing.
Rural areas deserve better support.
The engineering section of the Byron rail report states that many areas along the railway track are thoroughly covered in vegetation. The track is in good condition but vegetation was the biggest problem and the heavy overgrowth was degrading the formation.
This shows that our railway track is being neglected and allowed to rot. The railways are a public service that exist so that ordinary people can have efficient, safe public transport.
Getting rid of railways means private companies can make more money from roads.
This railway is part of our community and part of its heritage, it shouldn’t be left to moulder. It’s needed by the high percentage of elderly and disabled people in this area as well as university students who have no transport. If the state government repaired the track it could cut the massive amounts of damage to our local roads. Then the local council wouldn’t have to raise rates in order to fix them.
This really is a climate emergency and rail is one of the quickest and easiest solutions to cutting transport emissions. Trains could much easily carry the amount of water needed to places in extreme drought right now as stated by the Rail, Tram and Bus union.
How can we get the state government to care about this area?