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The state member for Lismore is apparently reconsidering his stance on the State Government's amended Rail Trails bill.
In a news release circulated yesterday, Thomas George described the amendments as a win for the north coast community.
The document, which came from the National Party MP's own office, said the new bill would theoretically protect the Casino to Murwillumbah rail corridor for another 10 years.
Now Mr George says the changes do not go far enough, and the coalition will be opposing the bill.
"We still have problems with this," he said.
"Whilst we've had a major win in those proposed amendments the discretion for defining a rail line as disused still rests with the minister.
"From their own record of what they've told us just take this Casino to Murwillumbah rail link we cannot trust what a minister says."
Amendments to the legislation are expected to be tabled in parliament this week.
Karin Kolbe, from train lobby group TOOT, says it is opposed to the legislation in all forms, as it means the dismantling of the rail system.
"It's allowing leases, very long term leases, you could have a 99 year lease even" he said.
"There's no mention that the leases have to be given for transport purposes.
"The land could be used for anything once railway lines and stations and signalling and everything like that can get pulled away. It really starts to make the line a bit of a ghost line."
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