Jeff Johnson

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SAY NO TO TRAILS WITHOUT RAILS

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SAY NO TO TRAILS WITHOUT RAILS

SAY NO TO TRAILS WITHOUT RAILS

Jeff Johnson and Basil Cameron - toot photo

SAY NO TO TRAILS WITHOUT RAILS

 

I am 100% against ripping up the rail line and replacing it with what is essentially a bike track. The State Government proposal to rip up the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line is a very short-sighted decision. I am in favour of a rail trail that runs along side the rail line (even on it in sections). The State Government’s ‘scoping study’ was a con that greatly inflated the real cost of transforming the rail line (built for heavy rail) into a light rail line for commuters and tourists.

Some facts –

- The Northern Rivers has a population of over 230,000 people and it is one of the fastest growing regions in the state.

- Over 2 million tourists visit our region every year.

- The Byron to Lismore road is already over crowded and dangerous

- Traffic congestion from SE QLD (Brisbane/Gold Coast) to the Northern Rivers will only increase

-The QLD Government is extending the rail line from Varsity Lakes to Coolangatta

- The $50 million allocated to the ‘rail trail’ will predominantly be used to rip up the rail line and convert it into a bike track (rail trail)

- There is no funding for facilities such as toilets, tourist infrastructure, ongoing maintenance, etc

- Local Council’s have not allocated any funds to provide the facilities that would be needed or ongoing maintenance.

- More tourists would visit the towns of Bangalow, Mullumbimby, Lismore if there was a light rail service than they will via a bike track.

- There are plans and grants available for a coastal cycleway between Ballina and the Gold Coast and beyond that would promote ‘cycle’ tourism without ripping up the rail-line. Part of this cycleway has already been constructed.

 

SAY NO TO TRAILS WITHOUT RAILS

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