Casino rail line on Council agenda

THE future of the Casino to Murwillumbah railway line will again be discussed at Ballina Shire Council’s meeting tomorrow.

Last month the council voted to support the reinstatement of passenger services on the line, and to write to the State Government to object the controversial Rail Trails Bill.

At the time mayor Phillip Silver said reinstating the service would be ‘very, very foolish’.

He is one of three councillors who want the motion rescinded.

Crs Alan Brown and Keith Johnson have also supported the rescission motion.

They will also put forward a new motion at this week’s meeting, to lobby the government to keep the land of the Casino to Murwillumbah branch line ‘permanently in public ownership as a transport corridor’.

“That’s what I think should happen,” Cr Silver said.

“The previous motion gives strong support for train services.

“However we should wait until we get an informed report and until we get the regional transport plan from NOROC (Northern Rivers Regional Organisation of Councils).

“If the council wants to take a strong position, we should wait until we are more informed about the situation.

“The proposed motion is probably what the council intended to do in the first place.”



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