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Newcastle rail: July new date for rail decision appeal

THE fate of Newcastle’s heavy rail line appears unlikely to be decided by a court until at least July – months after the state election is held, reports the Newcastle Herald. In a decision handed down on Christmas Eve last year, the Supreme Court ruled that the government could not proceed with the removal of the ...

Roles in shaping city ‘too close for comfort’

AN ‘‘irreconcilable conflict’’ between the government’s roles as both developer and planner in the Newcastle city centre has undermined public confidence in the planning system and must be swiftly addressed, a parliamentary inquiry has found, as reported by the Newcastle Herald. The dual roles, in the form of the Department of Planning and government property ...

Newcastle rail Nile committee findings released – rail services should be immediately reinstated

Newcastle’s heavy rail services should be immediately reinstated and all planning decisions about land in city should be handed to Newcastle City Council, a parliamentary committee has recommended, reports the Maitland Mercury. The upper house inquiry into Newcastle planning decisions released its final report on Tuesday after five months of investigations and public hearings. … It ...

Three Maitland candidates to front forum on region’s transport

Liberal Steve Thomson will be the only state election candidate for Maitland who will not attend a forum on the region’s transport ­tomorrow night, reports the Maitland Mercury. Mr Thomson, who has previously told the Mercury that he is in favour of the government’s move of cutting the heavy rail line into Newcastle, declined an ...

NSW Government rejected advice on Newcastle light rail, opted for developers’ preference

NSW Government rejected advice on Newcastle light rail, opted for developers' preference
The NSW government rejected official advice about the best route for light rail into Newcastle in favour of a plan that may cost up to $100 million more, delivers a slower service and provides greater opportunities for property developers, reports the Newcastle Herald and the Sydney Morning Herald. Confidential cabinet documents reveal that, in December ...

This is a hold-up! / Here are the facts

This is a hold-up! / Here are the facts
Timely facts about the Newcastle rail line the from Hunter Concerned Citizens https://www.facebook.com/HunterConcernedCitizens  (Note: a text version appears below the flyer images).   Text version: THIS IS A HOLD-UP! The Baird state government is now forcing you to change between trains and buses, so they can carry out their $460million plan to cut the Newcastle ...

Your replacement bus experiences

Share your experiences of the replacement buses on our Facebook page. Here’s what one passenger reported today about the 12:15 from Newcastle to Broadmeadow: Took 80 minutes to get to Broadmeadow. Asked people to get off at Wickham as it was overloaded. Caused gridlock at Hamilton with cars honking their horns at the bus. A ...

HDC to take possession of Newcastle rail corridor in January

THE Hunter Development Corporation is expected to take possession of Newcastle’s rail corridor in January, despite the Supreme Court rejecting the government’s argument that it does not need Parliament’s approval to truncate the rail if it transfers the land from one agency to another, reports the Newcastle Herald. … However, [Justice Michael Adams] rejected on ...

Rail works send young Lass O’Gowrie patrons into back streets

MORE young people are wandering through Newcastle’s poorly lit back streets in the early hours of the morning to get home from late night venues since truncation related works on the rail line began on Boxing Day, reports the Newcastle Herald. On December 26, Railway Street at Wickham, on which the popular live music venue ...

Save Our Rail wins order to stop removal of track

Save Our Rail wins order to stop removal of track
The NSW government will be unable to remove railway tracks through the centre of Newcastle for the time being after a community group won a last-ditch court judgement, reports the Newcastle Herald. The victory for the Save Our Rail group followed the government’s extraordinary manoeuvre in which it attempted to bypass laws preventing the disposal ...

Newcastle rail injunction to be decided

THE Hunter Development Corporation is poised to ‘‘compulsorily acquire’’ the Newcastle rail corridor  as part of what a judge has described as an  unfair government ‘‘device’’ intended to circumvent laws requiring an Act of Parliament before the rail line is removed, as reported in the Newcastle Herald. Under the elaborate arrangements, which came to light ...

Newcastle rail infrastructure: court to determine if line can be moved

The ability of the NSW government to start removing rail lines from central Newcastle on Boxing Day is expected to be determined in the NSW Supreme Court on Wednesday morning, as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald. Justice Michael Adams said he hoped to deliver his verdict in the morning, after advocacy group Save Our ...

David Shoebridge catches train in support of rail

Greens’ MP David Shoebridge showed his colours on Tuesday morning by catching the 6:45am train from Sydney to Newcastle with his family, reports the Newcastle Herald. He was met by a group of about 30 protesters who had gathered in defence of the rail ahead of a court injunction in the NSW’s Supreme Court. ‘‘I commend Save Our Rail for being ...

Libs deserve to be ousted at the ballot box if they cut the rail line: leading Maitland resident

Well-respected Maitland community member Chris Welbourne has called on voters to punish the state government at the March polls if it cuts the rail line on Boxing Day, reports the Maitland Mercury. Mr Welbourne, who was the district schools inspector for 12 years and principal of Maitland Grossmann High School, said Maitland MP Robyn Parker ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...