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Here's a letter from NSW Transport Minister Campbell, in the Tweed Daily News, dated Tuesday 29/9/09 (and possibly in other regional papers as well)
"RAIL CORRIDORS FOR THE COMMUNITY
"There are more than 3000 km of disused railway lines in NSW, some of which stopped running trains over 30 years ago.
"Currently, these lines lay dormant, and have little benefit to the community.
"There have also been reports of the theft of tracks and sleepers in disused railway corridors.
"The NSW Government has proposed amendments to the Transport Amendment Act 1989 to allow these disused rail lines to be opened up for community recreational activities.
"This proposal is not about opening the door to developers or putting rail lines vital to rural and regional communities at risk.
"This proposal is in response to community demand.
"We have been approached by groups and individuals with ideas on alternative uses for some of the disused lines.
"The most frequent request is from community organisations wanting to convert the corridors into rail trails - for bike riding, walking or horse riding.
"We've seen the tourism and recreational benefits rail trails bring to communities in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, and Tasmania, and we want to tap that potential for country towns in our state.
"I can assure your readers that any changes to the use of disused corridors will not occur without extensive community consultation.
"David Campbell, NSW Minister for Transport"
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