Keep rails for trains: NRRAG

PLANS are afoot for a community forum in aid of saving the region's railway tracks along the Casino to Murwillumbah line.

The Northern Rivers Railway Action Group (NRRAG) held a rally outside Thomas George's office to protest the NSW government's support for a rail trail, saying the plan would "rip up the railway tracks for a bike path and then the Northern Rivers will lose the train forever".

This claim has been contested by rail trail advocates and Ballina MP Don Page, who say the trail would protect the rail corridor and leave the way open for trains to return in the future.

A community forum to raise awareness of the need to save the tracks will be held on Saturday from 2pm at the Lismore Workers Club, NRRAG spokeswoman Beth Shelley said.

"In the past Thomas George passionately defended the need for a train for the Northern Rivers," she said.

"But since his party won government Thomas George has made a huge backflip.

"We want to remind Thomas George of the importance of the train to our community.

"We believe the poor, the elderly and those unable to drive are entitled to the same services as those in Sydney."

The forum will have guest speakers including Greens MLC Dr Mehreen Faruqi, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and Byron Shire councillor Basil Cameron.



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