Newcastle Rail Speech

On the 14th of October, 2015 I spoke in support on the Baird Liberal Government's legislation to truncate the Newcastle rail spurr and replace it with state of the art Light Rail. This will bring a raft of benefits to the people of Newcastle, a city which has been ignored by Labor for decades. Newcastle needs light rail and the transit oriented development it will bring, to make the transition from being a city is focussed on mining, to one based on high value knowledge jobs; in Tourism, Education, medicine and research. There is a clear need for Newcastle to have a well-connected, highly liveable urban centre, essential for attracting and keeping students and workers. Novocastrians understand that it is the heavy rail line which divides the city. Heavy Rail Line does not allow for the kind of pedestrian and vehicular access needed to activate the waterfront. You cannot have a completely integrated, connected city with a Berlin wall of heavy rail running through it. Because Light Rail uses an existing street pattern it can become a proper part of the built fabric of the city in a way Heavy Rail cannot. Light Rail doesn’t need the over-engineered pedestrian brick walls. It doesn’t need the large mortar & brick stations. All the evidence suggests that people take ownership of their city’s light rail project because it is integrated, rather than separated from their urban existence. Continue reading

Light Rail Is Coming To Newcastle

  On the 14th of October, 2015 the Baird Liberal Government passed legislation to truncate the Newcastle rail spurr and replace it with state of the art Light Rail. This will bring a raft of benefits to the people of Newcastle, a city which has been ignored by Labor for decades. Newcastle needs light rail and the transit oriented development it will bring, to make the transition from being a city is focussed on mining, to one based on high value knowledge jobs; in Tourism, Education, medicine and research. There is a clear need for Newcastle to have a well-connected, highly liveable urban centre, essential for attracting and keeping students and workers. Novocastrians understand that it is the heavy rail line which divides the city. Heavy Rail Line does not allow for the kind of pedestrian and vehicular access needed to activate the waterfront. You cannot have a completely integrated, connected city with a Berlin wall of heavy rail running through it. Because Light Rail uses an existing street pattern it can become a proper part of the built fabric of the city in a way Heavy Rail cannot. Light Rail doesn’t need the over-engineered pedestrian brick walls. It doesn’t need the large mortar & brick stations. All the evidence suggests that people take ownership of their city’s light rail project because it is integrated, rather than separated from their urban existence. Continue reading

SOUTH WEST RAIL LINK: SOON TO HEAD NORTH AND EAST, WITH MORE SERVICES

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance has announced peak services would be doubled on the South West Rail Link by the end of the year, and customers would have direct access to more destinations across Sydney. The $2.1 billion South West Rail Link opened in February this year, ahead of schedule and $300 million under budget. Mr Constance said the rail line was proving popular with locals in Sydney's fastest growing region, with more than 1,500 train journeys every weekday from new stations at Leppington and Edmondson Park. "On Sunday December 13 we will connect the rail line with the rest of the train network and services will become part of the T2 South Line travelling via Liverpool and Granville meaning more services and more options for customers. "Peak hour frequency from the South West will double, from a train every 30 minutes to one every 15 minutes – a great outcome for locals. Continue reading

ONE STOP SHOP BRINGS CONVENIENCE TO BOTANY

Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet today officially opened the Service NSW one-stop shop in Botany, commending the centre’s staff on having already served more than 40,000 customers since doors opened in June. “Service NSW has revolutionised customer service when it comes to transacting with government in NSW,” Mr Perrottet said.  “The days of having to visit multiple locations for different government services are gone.  Now customers can access more than 800 transactions and services here at Botany, all under one roof.” In addition to motor registry services, the one-stop-shop provides counter services from agencies such as Fair Trading, Births Deaths and Marriages, Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing, Office of State Revenue and much more. Continue reading