Whilst our Tweed Council pushes the coming opening of their rail trail, there always were requirements that do not seem to have been complied with. Like, ‘Evidence of a viable and sustainable business model, for developing and maintaining the rail trail, and that effective community consultation, and, biosecurity concerns have been undertaken’.
So far it appears that the proponents will be providing not one dollar; that biosecurity issues are of no concern; that the state and federal governments supply the multi-million dollar funding; and that the Shire ratepayers will provide $400,000 of rate monies for maintenance each and every year. Sound like a viable and sustainable business plan to you?
The answer to last week’s question re Laurel and Hardy. They spread millions of upholstery tacks over the ground that punctured the native’s bare feet! How simple and how clever!
Now, if you or I built another unauthorised dwelling on our property, then both the state government and Council would deem it an illegal building that must be removed. That is the law.
So, what happens when both the state government and Council bypass ‘due procedural process’ by removing the rail lines, then proceed to build their rail trail? It then becomes an illegal structure and should be immediately closed down prior to returning it to exactly what it was before, at their expense. There never was any serious community consultation as required by the state government, so they never had our approval.
We have approached the authorities many times. They just turn away. So, I would believe that we, the people, now have the right to take our own measures to close down the said illegal rail trail. I think they might then finally consider listening to us.