Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Hunter Gladys Berejiklian won’t visit Maitland this week but in a backflip will meet with Save Our Rail on Thursday, reports the Maitland Mercury.
Save Our Rail had been excluded from a roundtable discussion in Newcastle with other stakeholders and community groups until the Mercury questioned the apparent snub.
“Save Our Rail will be invited to the forum,” a spokesman for the Premier confirmed late Friday afternoon.
“The Premier [Mike Baird] and the Minister for the Hunter Gladys Berejiklian will join with stakeholders and community groups in Newcastle [this] week to discuss a range issues facing the Hunter region.”
Save Our Rail and its members had made fruitless requests for a meeting with Mr Baird and Ms Berejiklian since the April cabinet reshuffle, when she was handed the Hunter portfolio in addition to transport.
…In the meantime SOR requests for a meeting with Mr Baird were unheeded until Friday.
“He’s totally ignored our letters and the letters of our members,” president Joan Dawson said.
“There’s a lot of unrest about this decision [to cut the rail line].”
Mr Baird remained non-committal on when he might return to Maitland.“The Premier last visited Maitland in July and he looks forward to returning in the near future,” a spokesman said.