DIESEL POWER: The railway line to Byron Bay and beyond through Ocean Shores and Stokers siding was  first opened in 1894. The last train rolled south on May 16 2004 much to the fury of locals, many of whom still call for the lines reinstatement.
DIESEL POWER: The railway line to Byron Bay and beyond through Ocean Shores and Stokers siding was first opened in 1894. The last train rolled south on May 16 2004 much to the fury of locals, many of whom still call for the lines reinstatement. Ken Fagan

Ocean Shores trains and transport forum

THERE will be a trains and transport lunchtime forum from 11am-1pm on Saturday, September 26, at the Ocean Shores Community Centre, Rajah Rd.

The Ocean Shores Community Association (OSCA) is exploring public transport options, especially for the coastal north of the shire.

Beth Shelley, president of the Northern Rivers Railway Action Group, and Neale Battersby, locomotive engineman and former test driver for Connex Trains Melbourne, are returning to the coast to tell locals about their push to have the commuter rail service restored to the Casino to Murwillumbah line.

A development application has been approved for a rail service at Byron Bay, and the meeting will explore whether there is potential for this to be extended.

The meeting will also discuss community transport options for local residents wanting to access medical and other services out of the area and whether Tweed Byron and Ballina Community Transport may be able to help out.

Other discussion points include transport options for young employed getting to their workplaces and whether a car is the only resource for them.

OSCA is inviting all residents to join the conversation. A light lunch is available. For more information call Jill on 6680 1178 or 0427 801 178.


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