He'll get away with it ..............
Someone needs to push it and who will do this and raise it with the police.
Its clear he's dismantled and removed govt property and destroyed the formation. His argument is BS as its up to the property owner to protect his cattle from straying onto govt land.
In some ways I do understand his position, the line has been abandoned for what 40 years. Statewide the inaction by the state govt for nearly half a decade for around 3000 km of lines in NSW can be frustrating as the ROW isn't being maintained for pest and fire control and why maintain a fence if you then need to maintain the ROW. To be honest I'm surprised its taken this long and I'm surprised farmers state wide haven't reclaimed the rails to be used as fence posts etc or sold as scrap.
The collapse of the Gundagai bridge the other day is another example of the state of this rotting infrastructure state wide and some of its is becoming a major safety issue.
The state govt really does need to address the elephant in the room and make a decision with what will happen to each line, ie 1) Retain the corridor for future use as a railway with or without infrastructure intact, depending on the time line.
2) Formally close and return to green,
3) Lease it to heritage groups that have a realistic capability of running something on the rails within 5 - 10 years
4) Convert to rail trail
For the later, suitability will heavily depend on location and I agree with Mike, Rail Trails that have a connection with existing passenger rail services may actually prove beneficial for both. Which is why I support conversion of the New England corridor from Armidale through to Warwick or what ever is the most southernly operating section in QR land at the time of opening, but ideally access to Toowoomba which has the only passenger service and long-term likely a commuter service would be ideal. As for the famers BS, this will settle down or at least be seen for what it is as rail trails open up without drama to the adjacent land holders, as has happened elsewhere.
Yes some RT's will be more successful / popular than others, but NSW has a massive opportunity to be the countries hub for RT tourism with a favorable climate, terrain and distance the major centres.