With the Murwillumbah to Casino line now closed for six years, and the urgent need for increased commitments to transport infrastructure, a public meeting has been called to discuss transport in the Northern Rivers region.

Rail, Tram and Bus Union NSW Branch Secretary Alex Claassens said the forum on Wednesday 20 October would give people in the Northern Rivers region a chance to have their say on important transport issues such as:

  • The reopening of the Murwillumbah to Casino line.
  • Investing in transport infrastructure for the future
  • The increasing truck movements on local roads and road safety.

“Politicians in Sydney and Canberra are always talking about urban transport, but they tend to forget about the transport needs of regional communities,” Mr Claassens said.

“Regional rail, in particular, has suffered from decades of neglect.

“We’re approaching crunch time, when State and Federal governments will make serious long-term decisions about the future of our regional transport networks.

“It’s vital that local communities stand up, have their say about transport issues, and tell the politicians and bureaucrats what they really think.”

  • WHAT: Northern Rivers Regional Transport Forum
  • WHERE: Byron Bay Community Centre
  • WHEN: 6.30pm on Wednesday 20 October 2010.

Mr Claassens said all ideas put forward by participants in the forum will be recorded and forwarded to the State and Federal governments.

Television personality and rail expert Scott McGregor – star of Room for Improvement and Better Homes and Gardens – will host the forum.

All members of the community in the Northern Rivers regions are encouraged to participate in the forum. For more information about the forum go to www.betterstate.org.au