Council wants corridor protected

Byron Council is calling on the State Government to protect the Casino-Murwillumbah rail corridor.

Last Thursday the council voted to write to Premier Nathan Rees and Transport Minister David Campbell to object to the passage through parliament of the Transport Administration Amendment (Rail Trails) Bill 2009.

Moving the motion, deputy mayor Cr Basil Cameron said the bill proposed to remove parliamentary protection of disused rail corridors including the Casino-Murwillumbah corridor. Cr Cameron said the bill was generally framed even though the publicly stated reason for the legislation was to allow for specific rail trails in the southern region of NSW.

He said the Casino-Murwillumbah line was strategically located in a high-growth corridor and able to connect with key national, regional and local transport links.

Regional councils were planning for a rail future, including the development of an integrated regional transport plan, he said.

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