President’s Report – June 2005

Joan Dawson, Save Our Rail President During our time as your elected team, we have been engaged in a never-ending struggle trying to achieve the central aim of our organisation – to stop the closure of rail services to Newcastle. George and I took on our roles when Save Our Rail was a very informal ...

May Day March 2005

May Day March 2005
CIVIC PARK NEWCASTLE – Newcastle Trades Hall enjoyed the biggest and best May Day march in decades when Save Our Rail joined the march from Civic Park to the Workies this year. Marchers were blessed with a lovely autumn day and the carnival atmosphere was amplified by stirring music from the Scottish Pipe Band, our ...

Lower Hunter Transport Forum

NEWCASTLE TOWN HALL – Save Our Rail, with Newcastle City Council, held a very large Transport Forum, with over 600 attending from as far away as Muswellbrook and Gosford, which called for social and economic impact studies to be conducted on the proposal to close the line.

Meeting with Minister John Watkins – March 9th 2005

Save Our Rail met with State Transport Minister John Watkins, Bryce Gaudry, Member for Newcastle, John Mills, Member for Wallsend, Jeff Hunter, Member for Lake Macquarie, Member for Swansea Milton Orkoupolos, and several Ministry of Transport persons. Joan Dawson and George Paris represented SOR concerns, and were accompanied by Newcastle University Student Transport Co-ordinator Jack ...

Superior Bus Demonstration

Superior Bus Demonstration
NEWCASTLE STATION – When former Minister for Transport Costa announced the closure of Broadmadow to Newcastle rail line, he also mentioned that no new buses or special roads were needed as there was sufficient capacity in the existing Newcastle buses. A year before he announced that superior buses would provide a better transport system on ...

Ribbon on the Station Day

Ribbon on the Station Day
Ribbon on the Station Day: Australia Day 2005 at Newcastle Station

SOR’s Conditional Support for Glendale Station and Modal Interchange

The general meeting of Lower Hunter Save Our Rail held 6th September 2004, voted unanimously to support Lake Macquarie City Council’s proposal for a new rail station and modal interchange at Glendale subject to the following three (3) conditions: The continued operation of heavy rail services to all four (4) stations of the Newcastle Line, ...

Lower Hunter Transport Workshops

The Save Our Rail (SOR) group ran a series of community forums to increase their understanding of community needs around public transport. This was done in response to the Lower Hunter Transport Working Group (LHTWG) reports from October – December 2003. The LHTWG reports did not report on community views. Although the LHTWG received over ...