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Rail, trail and the future

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Statements by David Lisle are refuted in all train information; that being for, a bike track and a train service was/is a need and want. The traffic problems – parking – as everyone knows, is a nightmare. $250,000 given to Byron Shire Council for the ‘Green Spine’ street, yet numerous concrete gardens and trees planted in Stuart Street hence deleting parking spaces, those posts and sitting places had to be removed. Station Street could have used that $250,000 to be re-done; at least a start – after – ??? – 60 years?

Our train service was suddenly stopped, supposedly to save $5million, to which no information to verify the $5m was forthcoming and the cost of the buses was not allowed to be known. The Tweed to Crabbes Creek destruction of the rail is not a good example to praise or the Casino to Bentley. Lismore, a regional city, yet denied a train service is unforgivable. Maintenance was being deleted for many years, work gangs reduced so this gave the ‘excuse’ to close  the rail corridor but the ARUP study stated otherwise. Sour grapes? No way – facts ignored.

The Australian Local Government Association’s Roads And Transport Strategy 2006–2016: ‘Equitable access, particularly to essential service, through integrated planning and the provision of appropriate transport services for all regional communities.’ Under strategy 3 – ‘Mobility and access for regional Australians’ and that this objective is to be achieved through a number of points, including point 3 – ‘Revitalisation of country passenger and freight rail services’.

This has been denied to Council’s people and especially to the following: YouthSay program has apparently been forgotten as Byron Shire Council are voting/discussing the rail trail on our rail corridor in Byron Shire.

In May 2021 Byron Shire Council were promoting YouthSay and I quote: ‘We are students from Mullumbimby High School in years 9 and 10. We have been working with Council through the YouthSay program over four weeks. In this report we have identified our top five priorities for the next ten years, one for each of the Community Objectives in the Community Strategic Plan: Public Transport’. 

Young people need access to safe and reliable public transport in and around the Byron Shire. Public transport is not currently available at times that it is needed. 

This problem also affects others in the Shire, not just youth. There are other issues with transport north of the Byron Shire, where people need to access services, employment, and education outside of the Shire, but our biggest priority at this stage is transport within Byron Shire itself.’

What do we want for the future? Reliable and safe public transport in and around the Byron Shire.

Tim Fischer, former deputy prime minister, made his valuable statement in the Northern Star where he stated the Casino to Murwillumbah train should have been operational being in a high-population area and connecting to the Gold Coast.

Jillian Spring, Billinudgel

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  1. The Youth Say studies by Mullumbimby students did identify safe and reliable public transport as important. However they did not suggest trains were the solution.

    Tim Fisher was a self confessed railway fanatic. Why should we be enamored with his judgement? The cold light of day shows that a railway beyond Mullumbimby is not going to happen, especially on infrastructure that will have remained abandoned well into a third decade.

    If serious attention is not given to the railway bridge across the Brunswick River in the very near future, it too will become an salvageable relic like its twin at Eltham. That would be the end of any dreams of trains beyond, and sadly, the loss of a great piece of history and a valuable connection between Mullum and Billinudgel. The smaller version of the bridge at Dunbible has already been saved by the Tweed Valley Rail Trail project.


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