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IN 2004 the NSW Labor Government removed the backbone of the Northern Rivers public transport network (ie the Casino to Murwillumbah railway line), leaving no major public transport infrastructure in the area. The NSW Liberal National Government has estimated the cost of reinstating the 130km Casino to Murwillumbah rail line at $900 million. That’s more than $6.5 million per km.
Equivalent disused regional heavy rail lines in Victoria have been reinstated for $0.124 to $0.265 million per km. This is 50 times less than the costs estimated by NSW Government. These inflated prices create an imbalance that favours roads over rail projects.
Massive over-estimation of rail project costs is hindering re-establishment of much-needed public transport infrastructure in the region, and indicates both the Labor and Liberal National Parties’ bias against rail projects and lack of a long term vision for transport planning.
Northern NSW needs effective, efficient rail services to link up our regional communities and create more employment and tourism opportunities. — David Norris,
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HOW pleasing it was to read your recent article about Cr Reece Byrnes as regards his ambition to become the next Deputy Mayor of the Tweed Shire (TDN, Sep 6).
He states that he will
Northern NSW needs effective, efficient rail services...
— David Norris
bring enthusiasm and energy to the post. It’s great to see the youngest member of the council being so ambitious.
Should he succeed in his ambition, I should like to ask him to apply all that enthusiasm and energy in answering the emails that I have sent to him. I, like many others, are appalled by the fact that the councillors ignore emails that are sent to them by concerned residents of the shire. Emails today are the accepted form of correspondence and as such should be embraced by all the councillors. To not reply to emails from Tweed residents is to say the least rude, ignorant and disrespectful. This applies to all councillors!
Therefore I wish him luck in getting himself elected and if he does then I have one important thing to ask him. Put forward a motion at the next TSC meeting to make it compulsory for every email sent to councillors to be answered. It would be very interesting to see the voting results on that motion. Our elected representatives actually listening to their constituency when there is not an election in the near future. Beggars belief!
Sadly, I do not think he has enough energy and enthusiasm to do it.
Cr Byrnes, please prove me wrong. — Gwyn Hooper, Uki
I’M GOBSMACKED after reading Olwen Anderson’s column (TDN, Sep 9) re tank water. Having tank water is priceless ... yep I agree but how she went on about having to have filters etc I found absolutely incredible! I was born in Murwillumbah, lived on a farm at Upper Dungay until I was 11 years old, moved to another farm at Cudgera where I lived until I was 17. The only water that passed my lips was tank water and water from the creeks. We didn’t have filters and first flush diverters, all we had was a bit of gauze to filter the water from our metal roof tops that most of the time was rusted and in many cases so was the gauze filter.i can remember drinking water from our tanks that had frogs swimming blissfully inside. Did all this contamination she talks about hurt me?
No, I have led a fit and healthy life thanks to the frogs’ champagne and other crap I consumed in my drinking water in the first 17 years of my life.
— Jacqui Anderson