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THE Department of Planning has issued a rebuke to Sydney Ports Corporation over the destruction of rail tracks at White Bay that residents had hoped to preserve for a light-rail line.
About a month ago Sydney Ports Corporation started to tear up disused rail tracks at White Bay for the construction of an access road to a new cruise terminal on the site.
This alarmed residents who had hoped to retain the tracks and the corridor for a possible light-rail extension from Lilyfield to the Balmain peninsula.
But it also piqued the interest of the Department of Planning and Infrastructure because Sydney Ports had not requested approval to tear up the tracks, which may have heritage value.
In a letter last week to Sydney Ports, Chris Wilson, a deputy director-general in the Department of Planning, told the port operator not to rip up any more tracks while the department investigated the breach.
''The department has undertaken a preliminary investigation of the matter and considers that there has been a breach of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, as the project approval did not envisage the removal of the said tracks,'' Mr Wilson's letter said.
This article first appeared on m.smh.com.au
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