Cut rail + city campus – car parking = chaos! — Media release 23/09/2014

The University of Newcastle, in being led to the development table proposes a building that will be loved or hated for its prickly design but will certainly create parking problems with its provision of only 5 car parking spaces if the rail line is cut. The lack of student parking indicates the University building designers ...

Pants on fire – Media Release 12/08/2014

Tim Owen has confessed to lying on the witness stand at the ICAC hearings and as a result has resigned from Parliament. This still leaves Newcastle and the Hunter Region to deal with the results of some earlier inaccuracies, misleading advice or indeed lies, by this supposed representative of the people. The Premier credits him ...

You buy one off the shelf – Media Release 09/08/2014

That’s how the developers get the MP they want. You pick one from Central Casting and pay a fat wad of filthy lucre and they’ll do just what you ask them to do. Just like a pretty Ken Doll. The Candidate looked good and handsome, some would say he looked like a film star, he’d ...

The Honourable Member? – Media Release 06/08/2014

“A web of intrigue,” we dubbed the Newcastle Cabal, but we never expected to discover just what a nest of vipers the Independent Commission Against Corruption found when they lifted the edge of the carpet. Now the MP’s for Newcastle and Charlestown intend to continue to be paid by the public, despite being exposed by ...

Swap a heritage station for a carport? – Media release 30/07/2014

That’s what Newcastle is being asked to accept for an interchange at Wickham! It’s a third world pre-fab without walls or adequate platforms and certainly won’t give the sort of welcoming presence you get at Newcastle Station. To add insult to injury the truncation of the Newcastle Rail Line will cause passenger inconvenience including considerable ...

Who knew they would close Railway Street crossing? – Media release 27/07/2014

This is just one of the details of the secret planning of the truncation of Newcastle Rail Line. It has finally been drip-fed to the public and revealed as part of the Wickham Interchange project. This Government has decided what it wants to do, pretends there has been some form of community input, when in ...

Putting the cart before the horse – Media Release 20/07/2014

The geotechnical research announced as “Newcastle rail line truncation work begins” highlights the lack of proper planning by the NSW Government. (Newcastle Herald – Matt Carr 18/07/14) THIS GEOTECHNICAL RESEARCH IS PRELIMINARY WORK THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE TWO YEARS AGO BEFORE ANY DECISION WAS MADE. Gladys Berejiklian is only now beginning some of the ...

Rail line rip up is a rip off – Media Release 04/07/2014

“Gladys Berejiklian’s latest Media release seems to be lifted from “Yes Minister.”   She makes an announcement that tells us nothing new – we already have known since Hazzard was planning Minister that the NSW Government intended to truncate the Newcastle Rail Line with an interchange at Wickham. Now she announces that trains will stop running ...

SOR celebrates and lifts carpet – Media release 13/06/2014

Join with Save Our Rail to celebrate 30 years of electrified rail into Newcastle Saturday 14th June at Newcastle Leagues Club at 12 noon. The event is HIGH NOON IN JUNE – a title chosen to highlight the crisis facing the community with the threat of truncation, the battle to save the line and the ...

Truth will out – Media Release 12/06/2014

Pru Goward, Minister for Planning has come to town with promises to placate Newcastle. Having put her foot in her mouth, by letting the public know that there would be development on the rail corridor once those pesky trains have been removed, she is now trying to pull her foot back out. Trouble is Pru ...

Hoax leads to the Great Wall – Media Release 04/06/2014

Gladys began to tug at the zipper, but now Pru has let the cat out of the bag! Minister for the Hunter Gladys Berejiklian said she “would not rule out development on the line,” but Planning Minister Pru Goward has confirmed what Save Our Rail has realised for many years, that once the trains are ...

ICAC shadow hovers over Newcastle – Media Release 21/05/2014

When the ICAC delivers its findings they will land with a thud, forcing out a surge of muck that will envelop those involved in the corrupt conduct that is creating a force of destruction aimed at the heart of Newcastle. Already the ICAC carpet has been lifted at one corner, revealing a few grubs, now ...

SOR demands answers and a new broom – Media Release 12/05/2014

Save Our Rail has moved to seek answers from the Premier, Mike Baird, as to the full extent of funding irregularities at the last election and their consequences. “Mr Owen’s damning statement today, that he now realised it was “highly likely” there had been illegal donations to his election campaign is an indication that he ...

Giving with one hand taking away with the other – Media Release 08/05/2014

Brand new cars for intercity rail services, says Gladys Berejiklian. Sounded like a good news story!! Upgrading the intercity services with comfortable new cars should be great news for Newcastle, because we have a great intercity service running right into the heart of the city. This will help Government reach the transport target of increasing ...

Mr Baird stop this madness – Media Release 06/05/2014

Premier Baird has come into office idealistically declaring good intentions and a squeaky clean Cabinet. Sadly some of his team have proved to be tarnished. Already grot has been unearthed and no doubt there will be much more before the ICAC is finished digging. Mr Baird some of the corruption has been reaching into the ...

Gladys Berejiklian Minister for the Hunter – Media Release 26/04/2014

Save Our Rail would like to welcome Gladys Berejiklian as Minister for the Hunter and would again like to meet with her regarding transport for the whole Hunter Region. On hearing the remarks made by the Minister on ABC radio we applaud  her  praise for Barry O’Farrell in resigning under the circumstances and would like ...

Newcastle rail line – Media Release 08/03/2014

“Appalling!” is the response by the President of Save Our Rail Maitland, Kim Cross, to the apparent announcement by the state government that Maitland rail passengers will be diverted to Broadmeadow and bussed into the Newcastle CBD from December this year. “At a meeting with UrbanGrowth on Thursday it was confirmed that the government planned ...

Save Our Rail sets out in new direction – Media Release 04/02/2014

Save Our Rail has begun discussions which could lead to taking a more political position up to the 2015 state election. This community group has almost exhausted every avenue in pursuit of the best interests of the Hunter community and in defending the most efficient transport provision for the City of Newcastle.  We firmly believe ...

Huge cost; transport disadvantage; oxymoron – Media Release 23/12/2013

The use of $470 million to install 2.6 km of light rail in Newcastle ($180 million per km) would be grossly irresponsible even if it could result in any transport advantage. The light rail route alternatives being advanced will provide absolutely no benefit, but will guarantee a negative impact for Newcastle’s prospects into the future. ...

Save Our Rail wants parliamentary enquiry following petition debate – Media Release 19/11/2013

Save Our Rail’s petition with over 11,000 signatures will be debated in the NSW Parliament on Thursday 21st November. “This is a signature event,” according to Joan Dawson Save Our Rail President. “Here we have a significant number of people willing to provide home details and sign a legal document to support retaining and improving ...