Transport plan put on backburner
A transport plan looking at linking rail, road, aviation and even marine services on the North Coast has been knocked back for funding from the state government.
NOROC (The Northern Rivers Regional Organisation of Councils) had secured $50,000 from the federal government and had come up with $70,000 of their own funds towards the regional transport strategy. They were hoping the state government would match that funding with a further $120,000, but NOROC president Cr Phillip Silver said the government had knocked back any such plans until it had completed its own state plan.
"We would have liked to have done it now, and liked to have gotten all levels of government involved," Cr Silver said. "We think we have enough unique issues with cross-border issues for roads and a rail link to Brisbane (to warrant the study)."
Cr Silver said NOROC was now investigating whether the $2 million the state has committed to examining the Casino-to-Murwillumbah rail line can be used for looking at wider transport issues.
"We recognise that transport is the state's responsibility, not local government, but we have an interest in having it integrated across the region," Cr Silver said.