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The NSW government has withdrawn draft legislation, known as the rail trail bill, after it raised community ire. Asked why the government has gone back on its stance, the transport Minister stated it was simply due to lack of support from the Greens to pass the bill, and due to growing number of legislation the Government is also trying to have passed.
egislation that would have allowed disused rail corridors to be re-developed has been withdrawn by the New South Wales Government.
The Government said its Rail Trails bill would allow disused lines to be turned into cycleways.
But that drew a cynical response from some sections of the community, who feared a sell-off to developers.
A protest rally was held in Macquarie Street last month, and the government came up with several amendments which were due to be tabled in parliament this week.
But the bill was withdrawn last night.
The Greens spokeswoman for transport, Lee Rhiannon, says the move is an important win for communities across the state.
"The key to this success, in having this bill withdrawn, was the massive community outcry," she said.
"The people of northern New South Wales and the Hunter played a critical role in forcing the government to see common sense."
A spokesman for the Transport Minister, David Campbell, says the decision was due to the amount of legislation on the government's agenda, and a lack of support from the Greens and Nationals.
In recent months, the State Government has had a hard time getting legislation through parliament.
It has lost the traditional support of the Shooters Party because it is refusing to support a bill to allow hunting in national parks.
The Premier Nathan Rees discussed the issue with Shooters Party MPs at Parliament last night in a bid to resolve the impasse.
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