Greens candidate for the NSW Upper House, Dr John Kaye (front right), surveys the slashing work done by Greens candidate for Lismore Andy Gough (front left), who uncovered the rail tracks at Lismore railway station with his trusty brushcutter last Thursday.
Kaye and Gough launched the Greens Rural Transport Strategy, which includes re-opening and extending the Casino-Murwillumbah rail line into Queensland. The Greens believe in the economic, social and environmental benefits of rail transport in a future where high fuel prices and global warming are predicted.
Public transport is a key to reducing greenhouse emissions, said Dr Kaye.
Andy Gough cleared a section of the track as a symbolic gesture.
Our roads are choked by trucks while local rail lines are choked by weeds, he said.
Also present were members of TOOT (Trains On Our Tracks).
We believe that there is strong support for the re-introduction of rail services on the North Coast especially commuter services, said Basil Cameron, media officer for TOOT.
The Nationals have pledged $100 million to the restoration of the Casino-Murwillumbah rail line if they are elected on March 24. The Labor Government has made no commitment to re-opening the line, blaming the federal government for not matching the $75 million they pledged towards the line.
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