CASINO TO MURWILLUMBAH RAIL LINE THE STIMULUS THE FAR NORTH COAST NEEDS

CASINO TO MURWILLUMBAH RAIL LINE THE STIMULUS THE FAR NORTH COAST NEEDS

25 March 2009

Member for Lismore, Thomas George MP, has again raised in Parliament the need to reinstate the Casino to Murwillumbah rail service as quickly as possible.

“The Casino to Murwillumbah rail service must be reinstated as part of the Government’s stimulus package,” Mr George told the NSW Parliament.

“The Government could provide much-needed stimulus to the North Coast by reinstating the service. It would not only support the region's transport industry but also support tourism and industry along the line,” he said.

Mr George said the people of the North Coast were anxious to see what the State Labor Government wiped out some five years ago reinstated immediately.

“The Federal members for Page and for Richmond made much noise about how they would support the reinstatement of this rail service. However, five years on neither they nor any of their colleagues have pushed for the project to be part of the stimulus package.”

Mr George said the NSW Labor Government had actually failed to release its cross border report it had worked on with the Qld Government, despite it being finalised and available since last July.

“Rather than stimulate the local economy by promoting the reinstatement of the service, the State Labor Government has hidden its report into the project from public scrutiny. It has only been through the efforts and pressure of my colleague, NSW Nationals Upper House Member, Jenny Gardiner that this report is finally going to be released next week.

”Unfortunately we have also learnt that this so-called comprehensive report could be just three pages! How serious is this Government about stimulating the New South Wales economy?”

Mr George said Michael Costa had blamed the State’s financial position for the rail line’s closure back in 2004, “Yet here we have a perfect opportunity to stimulate the North Coast’s economy and the project has been completely ignored by Labor.

“Again, I ask the Government to consider the needs of the North Coast, not just the electorate of Lismore. I demand that it reinstate the Casino to Murwillumbah rail service and extend it to Tweed Heads as part of a comprehensive stimulus package for the region.”

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577