Train ?now or never
By PETER CATON
NOW is decision time - either a train is put back on the Murwillumbah Casino rail line quickly or the line may never be used again, says Tweed mayor Warren Polglase.
But National Party politician Jenny Gardiner disagrees.
Even if the NSW Labor Government fails to act, she yesterday pledged that a future Coali- tion Government would put the train back.
Ms Gardiner, a member of the NSW Upper House, made the pledge after delivering Cr Polglase a copy of an Upper House committee report into the closure of the rail line which recommends immediate introduction of a regular commuter service.
She promised the Liberal and National Parties were committed to making sure trains again run on the line and was confident that even after the March 2007 election "we can get the line up and running quickly".
Ms Gardiner handed over the Upper House committee's report to Cr Polglase during a brief meeting on the now-unused platform of the Murwillumbah Railway Station, following a similar meeting earlier with the mayor of Lismore and prior to a further meeting with the mayor of Byron Shire.
Cr Polglase however said decisions about the future of the line could forever be "put on the backburner" if a train service was not reinstated immediately.
"Now is decision time," he said. "If it is not re-opened now, it will remain closed forever. Money is not the problem. The Federal Government has put $30 million on the table which can make it all happen."