Event: Rail cut demonstration – Sat 17/05/2014 – Fassifern to Newcastle

The following event is being organised by the Lake Macquarie Greens (contact details at the end of this notice). We encourage Save Our Rail supporters, especially those from Lake Macquarie, to attend.

Join a group of Lake Macquarie residents who will undertake travel into Newcastle from Fassifern Station at 10.29 am Saturday May 17 to determine how long it will take and cost if the rail line to Newcastle is cut in September. We will need to alight at Broadmeadow and catch a bus to the city centre. This will dramatically increase transport costs and the time it will take.

Transport for NSW says it will take at least two years, probably three, to build the connections for the light rail from Wickham. Some commentators think that it could take 10 years. Others believe that it will never be built as there are no plans so far, and the big end of town would prefer the corridor for development.

When countries worldwide are expanding their transport systems it makes no sense that the Baird government is hell bent on closing Newcastle’s down.  Ms Berejiklian should use her joint responsibilities as Hunter and Transport Minister to meet with local residents affected by the proposed removal of the Newcastle heavy line, rather than the corporate players and developers who have a vested interest in cutting the line. Young people from Lake Macquarie and also Maitland will struggle to get to and from town to go to the beach with their boogie boards, to the new university campus to study, and even to nightclubs if they choose to drink. And what about the aged and those with disabilities, trying to hop on and off transport?

Cutting the rail is still contentious. Please see Greens MLC Mehreen Fahruqi’s opinion piece that appeared recently in the Newcastle Herald.

The reality is that from September it will indefinitely inconvenience us in Lake Macquarie using the train into town and we’ll pay more for a longer trip. We want our trains to keep running into Newcastle. Join us to stand up for our rail. Bring your friends and a placard for a media photo opportunity.

For more information contact: Kerry Suwald on 0425250426