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April 22, 2021

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I am so sad to see the loss of our heritage railway line this week in the NSW parliament. I believe the people of the North Coast deserve decent public services and I thought that was the job of government. It’s not a big ask to have trains running on our Casino to Murwillumbah railway line. The cost of repairing our railway line is less than the cost of repairing a road of the same length. People talk about rail bridges needing replacement but road bridges cost millions all the time in this area because we live in the Northern ‘Rivers’.

I still have hope that one day we will vote for politicians who care for our communities and want to make this world a better place for all. But all these little decisions add up to one big thing. We aren’t caring enough for human life and our planet, our home right now and we will all suffer for it in the end. We are all small pieces of the one big thing, this world and humanity. I turn my face away from what is happening because sometimes it feels like my heart is breaking.

I look at the innocent faces of my grandchildren and they always give me hope. My four-year-old grandson loves dinosaurs and he says they live in a dinosaur world and breathe dinosaur air. He’s talking about politicians and he doesn’t even know it. His dinosaurs all have names. One is called Broken, another called Roar and another called Steve. Sometimes it’s the little things t


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3 COMMENTS

  1. As so much of the billion $ C-M line is in good condition and very visible to the community, no amount of spin will be able to hide this massive vandalism of the line and the Labor Party’s complicity in it’s destruction.

    The Murdoch media in particular will revel in any opportunity to demonize the ALP.

    • Ex Railway worker on the Northern Rivers Line
      β€œIt will never be open for rail traffic again. ..sorry to say…i worked in the timber bridge gang ftom 1989 to 1998…there were over a 120 timber bridges between Lismore and Murwullimbah. .and only a few of them did not have slow down speed put on them…all the rest had a 20km speed limit slapped on them because of the need to be repaired. .and a lot of the bridges were on curves…to much weight and load on the high rail..which just flogged out the timber structure. .construction timber is not a viable resource anymore and the life span of it is limited concrete and steel is the only true option to eradicate the maintenance and load issue….would cost way to much $$$$$ to cover the build and repairs..access to worksites is a major problem as well.so…really its only a dream..thinking it would get off the ground and up and running again…am sorry to say..πŸ˜•πŸ˜•β€

  2. Beth’s grandson’s interest in dinosaurs is a perfect analogy to her interest in this decrepit, anachronistic railway. Like dinosaurs, it too is extinct.

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