Hunter “referendum” brings victory to Labor – Media release 30/03/2015

Pru Goward told the Hunter Property Council that the 2015 election would serve as a “referendum” on Newcastle’s planning. Insinuations of community groups as a “vocal minority” she called on the “silent majority” to have their say on the issue of the rail closure and the Government’s revitalisation model at the ballot box. Well Ms ...

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 ...

SOR demonstration – “Seamless” (not!) transport system – Wed 25/03/2015

SAVE OUR RAIL DEMONSTRATION: NEWCASTLE’S SEAMLESS TRANSPORT SYSTEM : WED 25/03/15 When: 2pm, Wed 25/03/2015 Where: Newcastle Station Gather at Enterprise Park (opposite Newcastle Station) at 2.00 p.m. Bring items – suitcases, strollers, surfboards, backpacks, large art folders, large musical instrument etc Catch the 110 bus with us – connect “seamlessly” (not!) with your train!

Pre-election public meeting: 7-9pm, Newcastle City Hall, Mon 16 March 2015

Pre-election public meeting: 7-9pm, Newcastle City Hall, Mon 16 March 2015
Place: Newcastle City Hall Date: Monday 16 March 2015 Time: 7-9 pm Two of the Committee Members from the Upper House Inquiry will be coming to Newcastle to report on the Findings and recommendations of the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry and to answer questions. They are David Shoebridge (Greens) and Lynda Voltz (ALP). Click here for ...

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 ...

Maitland political candidates forum – Wed 4th March, 7pm

Come to Maitland political candidates forum at St Peter’s church hall, Banks St, East Maitland on WEDNESDAY 4th March 2015 at 7pm. Event: Maitland Candidates’ Political Forum Date & Time: Wed 4 March, 2015 at 7 pm – 9.30 pm Venue: St Peter’s Hall, Banks St, East Maitland Candidates are asked to outline their policies, ...