The North East Rail Line between Launceston and Scottsdale has been assessed by a professional track inspector to be 95% fit for purpose and the built infrastructure has a value of over $40M.
Yet, Dorset Council wants to tear it all up and put in a 63Km gravel cycle trail - useable by about 16% of the Australian population whereas a train (of which we have several) can service 100% of the population.
We are fighting hard-headed bureaucrats who have chosen to ignore two 70% - plus surveys: one Reachtel of the Dorset Municipality and a more General online survey carried out by stations 7LA/7SD.
And still there Premier states publicly that the rail (cycle) trail has strong support in the North East.
I would not have thought that 30% (included no opinions) could be seen as “strong”. Help us out, please!
I just started the petition “Wendy McLennan: Keep the North East Tasmania Railway” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.
My goal is to reach 10,000 signatures and I need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here: