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July 13, 2024

Rail ‘no fantasy’

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Shame to hear that because I support rail and trail together that Dave Lisle and John Scrivener say I’m a fantasist. 

I strongly support bus service upgrades and total system overhaul too (as in my letter) as well as cycleways. The whole issue is not either/or or black and white. 

Remember, there is a train running on the line already and it could be extended to Mullum.

Unfortunately many rail trailers want only a trail. Most pro-rail in the community support trail as ancillary or next to rail i.e. not on the lines but next to it, which is called ‘off formation’. This preserves the 33-metre-wide corridor for both rail and trail. That is what I take on as a councillor responsibility i.e. long-term strategic planning for the whole community. Rail and trail can coexist. That ain’t no fantasy!

Cr Peter Westheimer, Myocum

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  1. Construction of the beach rock wall between First Sun Caravan Park and Kendall St must be the first infrastructure project done before the railway line is reinstated as it comes under the Federal Government legislation of Critical Infrastructure. The railway line runs through a Coastal Erosion Zone that could or will be broken during the global warming process of higher ocean temperatures causing cyclones and height increase (like houses in Byron Shire having higher floor level heights these days ) .
    “Critical infrastructure includes the vast network of highways, connecting bridges and tunnels, railways, utilities and buildings necessary to maintain normalcy in daily life. Transportation, commerce, clean water and electricity all rely on these vital systems.”
    So Cr Peter please start pushing hard for the rock wall protection so that we can have commuter and freight trains running on our tracks .

  2. The railway remains a fantasy while nobody comes forward to pay the enormous cost of its resurrection and millions more to subsidise fares.

    Byron council tried for many years to attract that funding. It has not been forthcoming. At some point the vision needs to be acknowledged as a fantasy and realistic purposes pursued.


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