Save Our Rail submission to Upper House Inquiry into Crown Land

Read our submission to the NSW Upper House Inquiry Into Crown Land (PDF file here).

Save Our Rail recommends that rather than changes which allow greater flexibility and loss of public amenity the laws pertaining to the Crown Lands Act 1989 need to be tightened and more strictly adhered to. There seems to be a situation where powerful developer groups can use influence to gain control of and make private profit from Crown Lands that have been identified and set aside as a public resource for the public good.

We do not agree to the transfer of Crown Land to local councils, nor to the vesting of Crown Land to Government agencies as it allows loop holes for private development. The Newcastle Rail Corridor should be preserved as Crown Land with its status as Special Use – Transport Corridor maintained and re-affirmed. No section of King Edward Park should be divided off for private development.