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Fred Nile Planning Inquiry: Delay truncation of Newcastle rail

THE state government is pushing ahead with the truncation of Newcastle’s heavy rail line on Boxing Day, despite the findings of a parliamentary inquiry that the project should not proceed as it lacks a proper business case and adequate public  consultation, reports the Newcastle Herald. In an interim report issued on Thursday, the committee inquiring ...

Save Our Rail granted pre-Christmas court hearing

The Save Our Rail group has been granted a Supreme Court hearing to apply for an injunction to stop the State Government cutting Newcastle’s heavy rail line on Boxing Day, reports ABC Newcastle Local News. The group’s been granted a short service hearing which means their claim will be heard on Tuesday. … Ms Dawson ...

Save the rail protest and smoking ceremony at Enterprise Park

Aboriginal elder Bill Smith performed a smoking ceremony at Enterprise Park on Saturday, reports the Newcastle Herald. The ceremony was part of a protest organised by the Hunter Region Concerned Citizens, a group in support of  keeping the rail in Newcastle. The rail is expected to get  truncated on December 26. Over eighty people gathered to see what Mr Smith ...

Rail truncation heads to Supreme Court with injunction

TRANSPORT minister Gladys Berejiklian says the government’s legal position is ‘‘clear’’ and it would not be in breach of the law in truncating the Newcastle rail line from Boxing Day, despite Save Our Rail’s eleventh-hour move to derail the plans with a court challenge, reports the Newcastle Herald. But the group believes it has a ...

Report raises serious doubts over Newcastle rail truncation process

Pressure is mounting on the state ­government to delay the Boxing Day truncation of the Hunter rail line until it can clearly demonstrate the benefit of a Wickham interchange, reports the Maitland Mercury. The parliamentary inquiry into Hunter planning decisions tabled its interim report on Thursday. The report asked that the government take no steps ...

Video: Interim report: truncation of rail line should not proceed on Boxing Day

Video: Interim report: truncation of rail line should not proceed on Boxing Day
NBN TV News has coverage of the Fred Nile committee’s release of an interim report declaring Newcastle’s rail line truncation should NOT proceed on Boxing Day. Watch the nightly news segment at the NBN TV News website.

Newcastle rail cut may be illegal, says Save Our Rail

NEWCASTLE rail community group Save Our Rail says the NSW government needs Parliament’s authority to cut the rail line on Boxing Day, as reported in the Newcastle Star. Save Our Rail president Joan Dawson has written to Minister for Transport and Minister for the Hunter Gladys Berejiklian to draw attention to s99A of the Transport ...

EDITORIAL: Inquiry’s points on rail

It might benefit the government to meet the requests of the Nile committee, according to this Newcastle Herald editorial piece. … After an ICAC-dominated year from hell, Mr Baird should accept that any days of railroading the public – excuse the pun – are surely over.  The government must not only run the state with ...

Inquiry report to recommend rail truncation delay

A PARLIAMENTARY inquiry into planning decisions in Newcastle is set to issue an interim report recommending that the Boxing Day truncation of the city’s rail line be put off because of a flawed case for the project, including the lack of a cost benefit analysis, reports the Newcastle Herald. If the government does proceed, then ...

Uncertain future: bus layover land near Newcastle station and fare-free zones

The bus layover area near Newcastle train station will be reviewed by the government as part of its planning for the revitalisation of Newcastle, reports the Newcastle Herald. THE future of the large bus layover area near Newcastle railway station is up in the air along with the rail corridor land itself, the government has ...

Video: The People’s Protest – Newcastle Rail Line

14 December, 2014. Over 3,000 people protest the dictatorial arrogance being shown to Newcastle and the Hunter Valley by the Baird/Berejiklian NSW Liberal Party with a background of illegal donations, resignations and questionable planning and the moves to cut a 150 year old CBD rail line.

Rally for the rail — 14/12/2014 — Kim’s diary

The Rail Rally was amazing! I boarded the 9.58 am train from Thornton to Newcastle, noticing that about a dozen ‘ralliers’ were doing the same. The train was overcrowded with people dressed in yellow and holding placards in support of rail retention and in opposition to the government’s decision to permanently deprive the people of ...

Thousands march as part of Rally for the Rail protest

Thousands march as part of Rally for the Rail protest
The people have spoken. Thousands of residents marched on Civic Park to protest the truncation of the rail line into Newcastle. Links to media articles and videos below. ABC Newcastle Online News: Thousands of Hunter commuters rally against NSW government’s plan to cut Newcastle heavy rail line Hunter commuters say they will not give up ...

‘No legal basis’ to cut the rail line: Labor

LABOR has called on the Baird government to release legal advice justifying its stance that it has the authority to truncate Newcastle’s rail line without the need for an Act of Parliament, despite legislation that suggests otherwise, reports the Newcastle Herald. Opposition leader John Robertson wrote to Premier Mike Baird on Friday calling for the ...

No “interchange” buses from Wickham terminus to Newcastle’s east

JUST how much of an interchange will the city’s promised new Wickham interchange be? The Newcastle Herald reports. That’s the question raised by a draft report to the government that has surfaced, which recommends ditching plans to run buses from the completed interchange to Newcastle’s east while the light rail is being built. [SOR: light ...

Maitland rail supporters expected at Newcastle rally

Maitland rail users are expected to have a loud voice at a Newcastle rally on Sunday designed to stop the Wickham truncation, reports the Maitland Mercury. Rally for the Rail will start at Pacific Park on the Newcastle Foreshore and follow a police escort to Civic Park, where ­participants will hear from guest speakers. “Maitland ...

Council formally changes its mind on rail

NEWCASTLE City Council has formally changed its stance on the planned CBD rail project and will send an ‘‘urgent letter’’ to premier Mike Baird to let him know, reports the Newcastle Herald. … The council’s formal position now supports retention of the heavy rail line between Wickham and Newcastle. The move, formally posed by the ...

Rail workers demand answers over Newcastle line truncation

THE removal of the city’s heavy rail will spell big changes for rail workers as well as passengers, prompting criticism from their union about a lack of consultation as the government pushes ahead with its plans, reports the Newcastle Herald. It comes as opponents of the rail’s truncation met on Monday to devise protest tactics. ...

Labor bloc in 11th-hour plea to save rail line

NEWCASTLE’S Labor councillors are leading a renewed push to have the council formally oppose state government moves to truncate the city’s rail line on Boxing Day, reports the Newcastle Herald. … The eleventh-hour move in part relies on a separate move from Greens councillors Therese Doyle and Michael Osborne, who will first seek to rescind ...

Plans to develop Newcastle heavy rail corridor may need Act of Parliament

THE state’s transport minister says ‘‘at this stage’’ the government does not believe an Act of Parliament is needed to authorise its plans for Newcastle’s rail corridor, although critics argue one would be needed before any development of the land could occur, reports the Newcastle Herald. … ‘‘The final plans for the corridor have not ...