‘I resent my rates being spent on a fairytale project’

IT BECAME even clearer to me, after studying the notes from the latest council assembly about “The Byron Line”, that this challenge is totally unrealistic.

We now have two shires, Richmond Valley and Tweed, able to construct a rail path (with funding dedicated from State and Federal Governments) and the laws is now nearly via the NSW parliament to allow development of this vastly usable Rail Path asset, but Byron Shire Council continues to blatantly danger the excessive probability of getting nothing developed in any respect, and even having their a part of the hall bought off as a consequence of lack of use.

The engineering firm Arcadis has agreed to take a look at the bridges (digitally) at a price of $33,000 per bridge however they do not appear to know what number of bridges there are.

That is a rare amount of cash simply to take a look at bridges!

This does not embody the cash already spent which I consider to be over $300,000 of Byron Shire ratepayers’ cash.

They’ve been unable to entry all of the bridges as a consequence of excessive vegetation development and need Byron Council to clear it previous to inspection!

NSW Authorities has no price range to help.

If Byron Council had consulted with the Northern Rivers Rail Path (NRRT), they’d have been in a position to entry a whole lot of this data totally free, as an alternative of paying Arcadis $33,000 per bridge.

The Arcadis report, thinks there are solely seven bridges between Byron and Mullumbimby, whereas there are literally 20 bridges.

Twenty instances $33,000 = $660,000!!

So this, with the unique $300,000, is nearly one million {dollars} that NRRT may have saved Byron Council, had NRRT’s engineering experience been on board.

Council’s session and engagement has been with the “key stakeholders” – TfNSW, each NSW and Federal Governments, Tweed and Richmond Valley Councils and group teams equivalent to TOOT.

Why was NRRT omitted from this group?

Okay, so we now know the state of the bridges and perhaps how a lot it can value to repair them, however who’s going to repair them?

Presently there are not any funding alternatives for a Rail with Path from the Federal or NSW governments, or every other funding sources.

Simply suppose the bridges had been mounted, then who’s going to fund sustaining them?

Now, allow us to suppose the entire line was mounted, it could solely be appropriate for very gentle rail (or a bus-like automobile) with beneath 10 tonne axles at speeds no higher than 60km/h.

You may experience an electrical bike fairly shortly and it’ll take you to the place you need to go.

Simply to be clear, this could not be public transport and locals is not going to be too proud of the price of travelling between Byron and Mullumbimby on a privately operated system for revenue, once they may experience or drive much more conveniently and flexibly.

Letters from Byron Council to Infrastructure Australia, Infrastructure NSW, TfNSW and different businesses to hunt recommendation on funding standards and challenge growth (“The Byron Line”), have gone unanswered.

Having heard a couple of latest assembly of the Bangalow Chamber of Commerce, it appears the Bangalow group are very sad that they’re lacking out on the rail path.

They’ve poor public transport and no secure place to cycle.

The excellent news is that the laws change for closure of the road from On line casino to Bentley and Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek has handed via the Decrease Home and will probably be heard within the Higher Home on October 13.

Because of this development can quickly start!

I do not learn about you, however I resent my charges being spent on a fairytale challenge that can by no means come to fruition, whereas our hall languishes endlessly, ready for Byron Council to awake to the realities.

Tim Shanasy, Byron Bay.