Keep Rail on the Corridor (KROC) is an alliance of Hunter Valley and Newcastle Community Groups and their submission the NSW Upper House Inquiry into Crown Land is complementary to the Save Our Rail submission.
Keep Rail On the Corridor (KROC) supports improved legislation, governance and management of Crown Lands in accordance with the following principles.
- Crown Land is managed for the benefit of all people.
- Legal safeguards should privilege long term, social, environmental and economic benefits over short-term financial benefits
- Any change in use or ownership of Crown Land occurs only when a thorough assessment of its environmental and social value supports the efficacy of such a change.
- Good management of Crown Lands requires public accountability, pro-active community engagement, transparent processes, and genuine public participation in management and decision-making.
- Priority consideration is given to on-going protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage.
- Priority consideration is given to on-going protection of European cultural heritage.
- Management of Crown Land use includes thorough monitoring, enforcement, auditing, and reporting.
- The legal and other status of Crown Lands must be governed by clearly defined legal instruments in a time when there may be a transfer of such lands to local councils while these councils are under the threat of amalgamation
Crown land is publicly-owned land that should be kept for the use of all people. Only compelling reasons, based on clear evidence should allow the alienation of Crown Land.