Adopt­ing a new train of thought

Tweed Daily News - - OPINION NEWS - Laying in the creek. EDI­TOR’S DESK BOB AN­THONY

THE sight of rust­ing rail lines through the Tweed is a si­lent re­minder of the days when trains played a key role in the trans­port of freight and pas­sen­gers to and from the far-north coast.

Now those same rails are the cen­tre of a rally to keep them by those still hope­ful of a re­turn of train ser­vices to Mur­willum­bah.

The ac­tual fu­ture of the steel train lines re­mains un­cer­tain – will they be re­tained in any rail trail de­vel­op­ment or will they be re­moved?

To think that by re­tain­ing them, it may be key to any restora­tion of train ser­vices to the Tweed is wish­ing think­ing.

Should a fu­ture gov­ern­ment de­cide to pro­vide rail ser­vices here, they def­i­nitely won’t be us­ing old rusted lines, nor would I sus­pect us­ing the same rail cor­ri­dor.

The push for rail ser­vices to meet grow­ing pop­u­la­tion de­mands on the far-north coast is sen­si­ble, but to do that, fu­ture routes would be closer to the coast where ma­jor cen­tres ex­ist, not through the hin­ter­land.

Whether the ex­ist­ing train lines stay or go will have no bear­ing on that de­ci­sion. What role they will play in the de­vel­op­ment of a rail trail through the Tweed will be an eco­nomic de­ci­sion, not one based on long-term trans­port plans.

— Kristy God­frey, Kingscliff

BI­BLE THOUGHT

TAKE a les­son from the ants you lazy­bones, learn from their ways and be­come wise.

— Proverbs 6.6 (N.L.T.) The study of bats to the dis­cov­ery of radar. The les­son is: An in­tel­li­gent de­sign im­plies an in­tel­li­gent de­signer. 1955: Rosa Parks is ar­rested for re­fus­ing to move to the back of a bus and give her seat to a white pas­sen­ger in Mont­gomery, Alabama. 1971: John Len­non and Yoko Ono re­lease in US. 1973: Aus­tralia grants self-gov­ern­ment to Pa­pua New Guinea.

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