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The issue of rail travels and resurrecting the lines on the far north coast have been the subject for debate, often very heated, since May 15, 2004, when the last XPT train left Murwillumbah station, putting an end to 110 years of rail transport in the region.
Commemorating 125 years since the opening of the Murwillumbah to Casino railway line and 15 years since its closure the Northern Rivers Railway Action Group and Trains On Our Tracks are gathering at the Lismore railway station on Saturday May 11.
Byron mayor Simon Richardson has released a ‘vision document’ proposing a ‘multi-modal’ approach to the future use of the railway corridor in Byron Shire. But the plan has been knocked down before it’s even been launched.
The Northern Rivers Railway Action Group (NRRAG) is calling on candidates in north coast council elections to announce their position on the reinstatement of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line.
A spokesperson at protest held on Friday (April 1) to return rail to the northern rivers has accused the government of having too close a relationship with the major road building companies.
Ripping up the railway tracks emerged as an unpopular move from the Ocean Shores meet the candidates night, held on Monday.
Tim Shanasy, NRRT Inc, Byron Bay. TOOT is on another pilgrimage. This time, to hassle as many pollies as they can, to get them all to see their wisdom in remaining stuck to the limits of the rusting rail tracks of our totally disused and decaying 1890s rail corridor.
The experience combination of Joan Campbell (92 years young) and Elaine Astley (89) were able to beat the field and collect a win in the Cherry Streety Twilight Golf Croquet Plate Competition held at Ballina.