Mr Baird, please fight to keep us in NSW

IT'S interesting that Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is pushing for towns likes Byron Bay, Ballina and Evans Head to become part of the sunshine state.

It's an ongoing argument that gets raised every now and again.

And there are many letter writers and readers of this newspaper who'd love it if the train line was connected up and we could tap into that fantastic Queensland public transport.

But Palaszczuk's pushy politicking should be like a red flag to a bull for NSW Premier Mike Baird.

Rather than selling off the crown jewels of the Northern Rivers to those north of the border, Baird should be fighting hard to keep us in the fold.

Memo to Mike Baird: Spend some bloody money on the area to make it more workable and liveable otherwise the drain across the border is going to continue.

Given the number of tourists that flock to our coastline Byron, Ballina, Lennox Head and Evans deserve to be spruced up.

I'm talking a lick of paint, nice signage, better roads, public toilets, footpaths, street furniture, parks, beach showers, all the stuff that Queensland does so well.

Mr Baird it is time you stopped neglecting this area that you claim to love so much and splash a bit of cash around to make it look nice for tourists and residents alike.

With the roll out of the NBN, a plausible public transport plan and a planning model that sustains growth and attracts people from the city to set up businesses here this could be a major dynamo in a resurgent NSW economy.



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