Presentation of Currie Review to Member for Newcastle, Bryce Gaudry

Joan Dawson, Save Our Rail NSW Inc President, gave a speech at Newcastle Station on 22nd December 2005 as part of the hand over of Prof Graham Currie’s report to Member for Newcastle, Bryce Gaudry. The report referred to in her speech is “Decision to Close the Newcastle Branch Rail Line – Independent Review of ...

Professor Currie Report Hand Over

Professor Graham Currie of Monash University has completed a report commissioned by the Lower Hunter Local Government Councils into the efficacy of reports the NSW Government has acted upon regarding the proposed closure of rail services into Newcastle. Professor Currie has described these reports as “biased, flawed and misrepresented” resulting in faulty multi-million dollar decisions ...

SOR’s Submission to the Premier’s Hunter Transport Task Force

Submission to the Premier’s Hunter Transport Task Force Save Our Rail met with representatives of the Premier’s Hunter Transport Task Force on Monday 28th November 2005. Below is Save Our Rail’s submission prepared for the meeting. Amazingly, the Premier’s representatives wouldn’t accept it – they didn’t want anything in writing! Joan Dawson spoke on the ...

Write to the Premier’s Hunter Transport Taskforce

Despite the thousand of letters and petitions that have already been presented to the NSW government, the latest Premier’s Lower Hunter Transport Task Force (PLHTF) has stated that they haven’t received any letters protesting against the proposed closure from NEWCASTLE people. Newcastle people are the least users and so are least affected by the rail ...

Railfest

NEWCASTLE FORESHORE – Railfest was a day of festivities on the Newcastle Foreshore on Sunday, 2nd of October 2005 to demonstrate community support for the Newcastle Rail Service, celebrate 150 years of rail services in NSW, raise awareness and funds for the campaign to Save Our Rail. Save Our Rail exceeded all its previous public ...

I Can’t See You and You Pretend Not to See Me

I have become invisible, says James Bennett. (Newcastle Herald 24th June 2005) I AM a blind person and an advocate of the theory that when one is blind, one becomes invisible. We must be invisible because people expect us to get out of their way… we appear to be a nuisance. This month I was ...

President’s Report – June 2005

Joan Dawson, Save Our Rail President During our time as your elected team, we have been engaged in a never-ending struggle trying to achieve the central aim of our organisation – to stop the closure of rail services to Newcastle. George and I took on our roles when Save Our Rail was a very informal ...

May Day March 2005

May Day March 2005
CIVIC PARK NEWCASTLE – Newcastle Trades Hall enjoyed the biggest and best May Day march in decades when Save Our Rail joined the march from Civic Park to the Workies this year. Marchers were blessed with a lovely autumn day and the carnival atmosphere was amplified by stirring music from the Scottish Pipe Band, our ...

Lower Hunter Transport Forum

NEWCASTLE TOWN HALL – Save Our Rail, with Newcastle City Council, held a very large Transport Forum, with over 600 attending from as far away as Muswellbrook and Gosford, which called for social and economic impact studies to be conducted on the proposal to close the line.

Meeting with Minister John Watkins – March 9th 2005

Save Our Rail met with State Transport Minister John Watkins, Bryce Gaudry, Member for Newcastle, John Mills, Member for Wallsend, Jeff Hunter, Member for Lake Macquarie, Member for Swansea Milton Orkoupolos, and several Ministry of Transport persons. Joan Dawson and George Paris represented SOR concerns, and were accompanied by Newcastle University Student Transport Co-ordinator Jack ...

Superior Bus Demonstration

Superior Bus Demonstration
NEWCASTLE STATION – When former Minister for Transport Costa announced the closure of Broadmadow to Newcastle rail line, he also mentioned that no new buses or special roads were needed as there was sufficient capacity in the existing Newcastle buses. A year before he announced that superior buses would provide a better transport system on ...

Ribbon on the Station Day

Ribbon on the Station Day
Ribbon on the Station Day: Australia Day 2005 at Newcastle Station