I am glad that I have led Matthew Tierney (Letters, April 8) to look at the Transport Administration Amendment (Closures of Railway Lines in Northern Rivers) Bill 2020.
However, he has made some false assumptions.
In his Second Reading Speech, the Deputy Premier Paul Toole is clear that "the rail trail will remain under public ownership ... Any government or public ownership model adopted will ensure that the land can easily be returned to Transport ownership, if this is ever necessary".
The speech also indicates that the people of the Northern Rivers see the rail trail as an innovative use of non-operational railway lines to generate substantial economic and social benefits for local communities.
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The closed line north of Armidale is in very poor condition.
Vast sums of money would be required to restore the line to main line standard.
Further, what happens with the break of gauge at Wallangarra?
I would like to see the business model for restoring the railway. Where is the financial support for this project?
Also, what is the timeline for its completion?
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