Don PageMember for Ballina- State Matters
Phone: 6686 7522
Fax: 6686 7470
Address: PO Box 1018, Ballina, NSW, 2478
Train back on Parliaments agenda
I have put the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line back on the NSW Parliaments agenda, recently moving a motion to put trains back on the line.
I put forward a motion that condemned the NSW Government for axing the train and called on the government to reinstate services on the line and commence the process of connecting the Casino to Murwillumbah line with the Queensland rail system.
My motion also commended the thousands of North Coast residents who have continued to support the return of rail services on the line even though its over two years since the NSW Government axed services.
Parliament will vote to support or not support the motion next week.
In my speech supporting the motion, I called on the NSW Government to stop playing politics and put trains back on the line. The NSW Government closed down the line and its their responsibility to put services back on the line. The Liberal/Nationals Coalition policy is to put commuter services on the line.
The NSW Government says it will cost $150 million over five years to put a train back on the track, maintain the line to a satisfactory standard, and replace all the bridges. Repairing all the bridges in not necessary. The PriceWaterhouseCoopers Report states almost two-thirds of bridges are in fair or good condition, not needing urgent upgrading. By overstating the cost and saying they wont do anything unless the federal government contributes $75 million, the NSW Government is trying to paint themselves as being interested in doing something.
The $75 million the NSW Government says they have on the table would be sufficient to get trains running again and to cover annual maintenance costs.
The NSW Government should stop playing politics and just get on with putting trains back on our track!
Premiers Christmas Gala Concerts
Tickets to the annual Premiers Christmas Gala Concerts at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Wednesday, December 6, are now available.
Local seniors who are travelling to Sydney and would like to attend either the 10.30am or 2.30pm concert can obtain free tickets from my office.
The concerts have proved to be very entertaining in past years and I have received great feedback from local people who have attended. I encourage those interested in tickets to contact my office as soon as possible, as tickets are highly sought after.