Train petition 'ignored'

A UKI resident who collected hundreds of petition signatures to bring back the Casino to Murwill-umbah train service says he is disappointed at the lack of response to the petition.

Wayne Parkins said he collected signatures in 2009 on petitions left in the Uki General Store, the Uki Post Office, Mt Warning Hotel and Bray Park Service Station and later passed on the petition to Lismore MP Thomas George, who said he would present it to parliament.

Mr Parkins said he seemed to be the only local person “to actually put a petition out” on the issue and was disappointed at the lack of any official response.

Little wonder then he was surprised to hear Mr George along with Tweed MP Geoff Provest promise during the election campaign to instigate a $1 million feasibility study into bringing back the train service and extending the line to Coolangatta.

Trains On Our Tracks (TOOT) president Karin Kolbe, who stood as an Independent in the seat of Ballina on a platform of bringing back the train, received only 5.8% of the vote, although Greens party candidates across the Northern Rivers also vowed to reinstate the rail service.

Tweed Greens candidate Andrea Vickers, who achieved a 6.8% swing to her party to attract 15.2% of the Tweed electorate vote, joined the campaign to bring the train back.

Ms Vickers said with Mr Provest in government voters would “be interested to see if he can give us real results on services, transport, development controls, and cleaning up politics”.

It has been argued Mr Provest did not have the power in Opposition which he now has.

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