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Jobs and tourism

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,


Read our emails

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

Tank water

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

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