Marie Lawton, Byron Bay
Thank you to the wonderful history of our rail corridor debate by David Lisle. David summarised events over the past seven years perfectly.
The rail trail project has continued to gain momentum each year, but unfortunately the Byron Shire has refused to acknowledge the benefits of a stand-alone rail trail and persists in pursuing a fairy tale dream of having a tourist train and a rail trail. This, in spite of the fact that no funding is forthcoming. The Tweed Council has started clearing the line from Crabbes Creek to Murwillumbah, Richmond Valley Council has had its Master Plan approved and Lismore Council are meeting to discuss grant funding options.
Of course the rail trail will need Byron to come on board to make it a world class rail trail. Their standard line, ‘the community want a train’, just doesn’t stack up. Most people like trains, but in the event that no train is forthcoming, surely the rail trail is a better option than nothing! If perfection is not possible, a compromise must be considered. After speaking with hundreds of market goers in Bangalow over the last few months, we saw no evidence that people wanted a train or nothing. Ninety-nine per cent appeared to be frustrated by the fact that we still don’t have a rail trail! Most people also agreed that the train was not going to come back on the Casino to Murwillumbah corridor.
Come on Byron, stop stalling!