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December 9, 2021

Rail corridor history spot on

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Never in my recollection, has there been such honesty and accuracy regarding the realities of our beleaguered disused rail corridor, as was published in The Echo in the article by David Lisle on the history of our rail corridor.

Such honesty and accuracy, in easily digested form, is precisely what I used to expect from Greens policy foundations. But alas, it’s the Greens naïve perception of ‘public transport’, which is fundamental to the laggard and seemingly endless pursuit of the nonsensical perfection of reinstating a near useless, unworkable, and exorbitantly expensive rail service on our languishing corridor.

The Rail Trail, now successfully working its way towards public benefit fruition, from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek, and Casino to Bentley, and likely through to Eltham too, are shining examples of council responsibilities on display, from Tweed, Richmond Valley and Lismore councils’ fortitudes and foresights.

Alas, this fortitude and foresight is yet to be seen from the Byron Shire Council, on this issue.


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