Three Maitland candidates to front forum on region’s transport

Liberal Steve Thomson will be the only state election candidate for Maitland who will not attend a forum on the region’s transport ­tomorrow night, reports the Maitland Mercury. Mr Thomson, who has previously told the Mercury that he is in favour of the government’s move of cutting the heavy rail line into Newcastle, declined an ...

Maitland political candidates forum – Wed 4th March, 7pm

Come to Maitland political candidates forum at St Peter’s church hall, Banks St, East Maitland on WEDNESDAY 4th March 2015 at 7pm. Event: Maitland Candidates’ Political Forum Date & Time: Wed 4 March, 2015 at 7 pm – 9.30 pm Venue: St Peter’s Hall, Banks St, East Maitland Candidates are asked to outline their policies, ...

NSW Government rejected advice on Newcastle light rail, opted for developers’ preference

NSW Government rejected advice on Newcastle light rail, opted for developers' preference
The NSW government rejected official advice about the best route for light rail into Newcastle in favour of a plan that may cost up to $100 million more, delivers a slower service and provides greater opportunities for property developers, reports the Newcastle Herald and the Sydney Morning Herald. Confidential cabinet documents reveal that, in December ...

Newcastle Town Hall meeting – Wed 11 Feb 2015 @ 7pm

Newcastle Town Hall meeting - Wed 11 Feb 2015 @ 7pm
The community group Hunter Concerned Citizens (of which SOR is a member) is holding a meeting in the Newcastle Town Hall, Wednesday 11th Feb, 7.00 p.m. Come and air your grievances! Election candidates will be there – hear their views on the rail closure – let them hear what the community needs. Gladys and Mike ...

Video: Minister Goward: “No development [on the corridor]? No I don’t think so”

This NBN News report features a quote from Minister for Planning, Pru Goward, stating “Was there ever going to be no development? No I don’t think so.” (She must have forgotten saying there were no proposals before the government to develop the corridor once the heavy rail was truncated and light rail installed along part ...

Buildings at Newcastle station under rail truncation plan as Pru Goward unveils design

Buildings at Newcastle station under rail truncation plan as Pru Goward unveils design
PLANNING Minister Pru Goward has unveiled a vision for the city centre, including buildings near Newcastle station, at a Property Council lunch at City Hall, reports the Newcastle Herald. The simple animation above shows the NSW Governments “positive vision” for the Newcastle rail corridor (click image to enlarge). (As noted elsewhere by SOR, Minister Goward ...

This is a hold-up! / Here are the facts

This is a hold-up! / Here are the facts
Timely facts about the Newcastle rail line the from Hunter Concerned Citizens https://www.facebook.com/HunterConcernedCitizens  (Note: a text version appears below the flyer images).   Text version: THIS IS A HOLD-UP! The Baird state government is now forcing you to change between trains and buses, so they can carry out their $460million plan to cut the Newcastle ...