SOR e-News 01/10/2013

Welcome

Feedback to these e briefing continues to prove very positive. We are continuing to expand the distribution list so if this is your first edition welcome.

The year is rolling on very fast and the Government continues to attempt to railroad the Hunter Community that truncation of the Intercity rail services is the way forward. SOR asks,  “Why is Newcastle out of step with the trends of the rest of the world?”

In the eight weeks before the silly season kicks in we must all apply maximum effort – we need all to help in this campaign and we will win!

Upcoming Meetings

SOR MEETING LOWER HUNTER BRANCH – Tuesday   October 1st – 5.30 pm – Hamilton Station Hotel

SOR MEETING MAITLAND BRANCH – Wednesday October 8th  7.00 pm –  St Peters Hall East Maitland

The Executive of SOR NSW INC is to meet the 22nd October at the Hamilton Station

The SOR Management Committee meets Friday the 25th October

If you have information or items to be considered at any of these meetings please email it to info@saveourrail.org.au

For more information or to be placed on our lists please also contact        info@saveourrail.org.au

Newcastle SEPP (Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy 2012)

The documents and other information can be downloaded from the Planning NSW web site. The documents include copies of all the submissions.

Of the submissions about 75% clearly stated that the line should stay to Newcastle Station. About 10% said the line should be cut. The remainder did not indicate a preference.

Openness, Honesty and Transparency

After nearly twelve months of swearing black and blue the truncation point is to be Wickham, the Transport Minister last week said that Hamilton and Broadmeadow are now options.

We can only assume that they now realise that Save Our Rail speaks the truth and that Wickham is almost impossible as a terminus.  As no planning or cost/benefit analysis had been undertaken prior to the announced decision to cut the line, we now wonder what is the real intention of this Government and what further shocks await us. Certainly there seems to be no transparency, consultation, honesty or any consideration for passengers as promised.

New Herald Poll backs Newcastle Station

The Herald conducted a Poll at the end of September. It asked should the termination point be Wickham, Hamilton, Broadmeadow or Newcastle Station. Newcastle won convincingly with greater than 40% of the total vote. This was five times the 8% for Wickham.

Results like this seem the norm for every survey except Tim Owen’s doorknock!

Letters to The Media

Several of our members and friends are regular letter writers and I am sure they have played an important part in distributing quality information and wounding the opposition.

When you write letters try to be factual. The rail cutters often state that SOR is not truthful but we know that fact beats fiction.

In The Save Our Rail submissions we are careful to reference information and be as accurate as possible.

We are working to widen the distribution of the media releases and letters.

All Hunter media encourage “Letters to the Editor”.  The Telegraph and Sydney Morning Herald would also be a great target.

The best strategy is to keep the letters short and very clear. Stick to one key point and write with conviction. It’s easy and enjoyable to see your letter in print.

Railfest

“A family day of celebration, fun and friendship”

11.00 a.m to 3.00 p.m.

Sunday October 20th  at Newcastle Foreshore Park

Assemble at 11a.m. opposite Newcastle Station, carry banners to the Carriage Shed,

 Celebrate the rail in Newcastle with music, entertainment, sausage sizzle, face painting

Rail’s been here for over 155 years – help us keep it  –  and wear yellow for spring! Be there!