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SOR Lower Hunter meeting postponed by 1 week

A quick message to supporters that due to unforeseen circumstances the meeting scheduled for next Wednesday 19th August has been postponed for 1 week. MEETING DATE WED 26TH AUGUST 2015 VENUE: NEWCASTLE LEAGUES CLUB DOWNSTAIRS TIME: 5.30 P.M. HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE :  BRING A FRIEND : KEEP ON TRACK Regards, Joan.

Urban Growth dirty tricks community talks

SOR took the NSW Government to the Supreme Court of NSW to stop it from closing the Newcastle Rail Line on Boxing Day 2014, selling the rails for scrap metal and building on the land. The judge ruled it illegal for the Government or its agencies to “rip up the rail line,” which would contravene ...

Seeking clearer visions

Ian Kirkwood’s article in the Newcastle Herald covers the potential impact on Newcastle bus services: THE state government’s UrbanGrowth agency says its four potential visions for Newcastle ‘‘reimagine the city centre as an enhanced destination, supported by new employment, educational and housing opportunities and public domain, that will attract people’’. I’m not sure who else ...

Appeal ponders what is an open line

NEWCASTLE’S rail line has not technically been closed just because trains no longer service all its stations, the state government has told the Court of Appeal as part of renewed efforts to remove the city’s rail tracks, as reported in the Newcastle Herald. A hearing began on Wednesday to consider whether the government has the ...

Newcastle rail line debate back in court

The long-awaited appeal of the Supreme Court’s ruling last year that the government lacks the authority to remove the heavy rail between Wickham and Newcastle is listed for hearing in Sydney on Wednesday, reports the Newcastle Herald. The state government and community group Save Our Rail have each filed appeals to different aspects of Justice ...

Business owners query light rail route

HUNTER Street business owners have banded together to protest against the proposed light rail route they say would leave the already struggling precinct in ‘‘‘dire straits’’, reports the Newcastle Herald. Passmores College chief executive Duncan Macfarlane said pedestrian traffic had drastically dropped since the truncation of the heavy rail at Hamilton. Mr Macfarlane said the ...

Supreme Court appeal + SOR July meeting postponed by 1 week

Meeting change: Because of the Court case on Wed 15TH July the scheduled meeting of SOR Lower Hunter has been postponed for 1 week, until 22nd July at 5.30 p.m. Supporters to gather outside Supreme Court: The Supreme Court Hearing of the Appeal will be held on 15th and 16th July and our legal team ...

Video: Questions raised as geotechnical work starts on rail corridor

Video: Questions raised as geotechnical work starts on rail corridor
It’s being labelled “provocative” – ground testing, which has begun along Newcastle’s rail corridor between the city’s west and Newcastle station. Save Our Rail and some residents believe it’s evidence the state has plans for MORE development and they say it should wait until after July’s Supreme Court appeal. Watch the NBN News report online.

Newcastle rail cut: a fake solution in search of a real problem

Gavin Gatenby of EcoTransit wrote an article at The Fifth Estate about transport madness in Newcastle. Last Christmas Day I rode what might be the last train out of Newcastle station – a handsome heritage terminus alongside the historic core of NSW’s second-biggest city. It was 11:22 on a brutally steamy night, and the occasion had ...

No cycleway for George St (and none for Hunter St)

Save Our Rail has previous written about how Newcastle light rail would kill off cycleways along Hunter Street according to the leaked confidential “document 71″. A new article in the Newcastle Herald / Sydney Morning Herald reports that the government would cancel the construction of a bike lane down northern Castlereagh Street until after light rail was built, and also ...

Parliamentary Secretary: Govt dodged a bullet

Parliamentary Secretary Scot McDonald says that the government dodged a bullet on the cutting of the rail line and that his door is closed to anyone who does not support the government’s plan for the Newcastle CBD and that he plans to filter out negative people, reports the Maitland Mercury. The Hunter’s new representative in state Parliament says ...

Baird’s Hunter St light rail – how would it affect your business?

Consider that it would require: Many months of construction Loading zones removal* Car parking spaces removal* Taxi ranks removal* The Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy provided for the broadening and greening of footpaths and the construction of a cycleway to encourage people to come into the CBD. Hunter St light rail will kill off this plan ...

Save Our Rail July court date for Newcastle Rail line

A DECISION on whether the government has the power to remove Newcastle’s heavy rail line is unlikely to be resolved by a court before July – months after  a state election being touted as a referendum on the government’s revitalisation plans for the city, reports the Newcastle Herald. Overhead wiring and level crossing boom gates ...

Newcastle is being sold down the line — Make your vote count!

Can you trust the Baird government? Newcastle rail line to be privatised by acquisition of a government statutory development corporation established by the same legislation as UrbanGrowth. This can happen to you! TRICKY GOVERNMENT USED A “DEVICE” TO AVOID THE LAW Save Our Rail took NSW Government to court over their intended removal of the ...

Baird’s light rail plan equals no cycleway for Hunter St

Hunter St running light rail and the award winning Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy are like oil and water, they simply don’t mix. Why you ask? Well, there is simply not enough room in Hunter St. You see, a central element of the NURS is a boulevard-like transformation of Hunter St to include broadened, greened footpaths ...

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 ...