Tweed MP Geoff Provest
Tweed MP Geoff Provest

Don't trust Rees over rail backflip

THE NSW Government’s decision to shelve its controversial “rail trail” legislation, which would have allowed it sell off the Murwillumbah-to-Casino rail corridor has been warily welcomed by Tweed MP Geoff Provest.

Mr Provest said the decision was a win for the community but vigilance was needed in case the government attempts a “backdoor sale” of the line.

“We have had a big win with this backflip, but when it comes to rail, Labor has a record of breaking promises,” Mr Provest said.

“They axed the line in May 2004 just weeks after promising it a 12-month reprieve,- and they are now so cash-strapped that another sale attempt would surprise no-one.”

Mr Provest said the Rees government had been forced into the humiliating backdown after a strong campaign he said was spearheaded by North Coast National Party MPs and the TOOT train lobby group, culminating in a mass demonstration outside Parliament House in Sydney.

“We now need to convince the gov- ernment not only to re-open the line, but to start planning its extension to Coolangatta to meet up with the two rail systems being built on the Gold Coast,” he said.

“The arguments for North Coast rail are rock solid in terms of the local economy, the environment, road safety, tourism and education.”

“The Rees government needs to swallow some pride, get its head out of the sand and listen to local people on rail,” Mr Provest said.


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