Neil McKenzie, Bangalow
David Lisle’s article A short history of our rail corridor debate summed up succinctly and accurately the compelling case for a rail trail, the lack of a case for ‘bringing the train back’ and the absurdity of the ‘multimodal fantasies’ for the disused rail corridor.
Byron Council is in danger of becoming a laughing stock, both locally and nationally, because of its dithering and intransigence. Three other councils have got behind the project with the result that eventually Byron Shire will have a rail trail approaching from both directions, with a dead zone in the middle, while they fantasise about multimodal wizardry.
The rail trail, when completed, with or without Byron, will be one of the best in the world and will attract different kinds of tourists, as well as being a transport option for locals. It will open up the hinterland areas and spread the tourist dollar more widely. It will also provide a spine from which other walking/cycling trails can radiate. With the popularity of e-bikes now more people will have it available to them. It is a winner on every level and Byron Council would be very foolish not to rethink its position, jump on board with the other councils, and back this fabulous project.
There are only two options: a rail trail or nothing.