Mixed gathering at rail protest

TWEED'S Trains On Our Tracks was among a diverse array of groups which rallied outside Sydney's Parliament House yesterday to protest the State Government's Rail Trails Bill.

TOOT president Karin Kolbe said the rally was well-attended and unifying, with pro-rail groups from Newcastle, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union, Country Women's Association, Australian Conservation Foundation, plus MPs Geoff Provest and Thomas George in attendance.

Ms Kolbe said a crucial vote on the Rail Trails Bill would go before both houses of Parliament as early as this week.

“This protest sent a strong message that this is not just a fringe issue, this is an issue in the mainstream community. There is no reason to get rid of a 100-year-old legislation,” Ms Kolbe said.

She said the bill was not about creating rail trails, but about selling off rail lines to finance a $7 billion metropolitan rail system in Sydney.



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