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 Rail Line direct to Newcastle Station. The matter was heard on Christmas Eve and it was divulged that ownership of the line had been “vested” in the Hunter Development Corporation by Gladys Berejiklian.
SAVE OUR RAIL WON THE COURT CASE!
The judge ruled this was a “device” to avoid the law and that HDC was bound by s 99A of the Transport Administration Act. He found that the Government cannot “rip up the line” without an Act of Parliament to that effect. The Government is appealing the decision.
BAIRD GOVERNMENT THUMBS NOSE AT SUPREME COURT RULING
The line is still intact but the Government has pursued permanent closure. From Boxing Day all train services ceased. In obscene haste it poured asphalt over it to create crossings, installed concrete blocks for light fittings on the line and boarded up Newcastle, Civic and Wickham stations. The rail line is effectively “closed.”
LOSS OF DIRECT RAIL SERVICES HAS AFFECTED TOURISM
Already some businesses are reporting losses
THIS WILL BE DETRIMENTAL TO NEWCASTLE’S FUTURE PROSPECTS
WATCH YOUR VOTE * UPPER HOUSE CRUCIAL
Current balance of power in the Upper House would block a Bill to change the Transport Administration Act.
Which rail line is next? What are developers eyeing off in your neck of the woods? A heritage building? A pristine bay? An expressway to replace beautiful old homes?
THIS IS PLANNED PRIVATISATION OF A PUBLIC UTILITY
The Baird Government can try the same sneaky procedures to privatise public utilities, amenities or spaces ANYWHERE IN NSW
CHECK POLICIES OF CANDIDATES
PRIVATISATION CANNOT BE REVERSED
Land occupied by public utilities should be for benefit of the people.
PRIVATE OWNERS GO FOR PROFITS NOT SERVICE
DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!
Authorised by: Joan Dawson, 86 Brown St, Dungog NSW 2420