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Adam Carey's insightful story Rail In Ruins that appeared in The Age on Thursday, 23 July 2015 highlighted the decades of political neglect of the metropolitan rail network.
Mr Carey should focus his attention on the dilapidated and neglected country network, where freight trains run at 30 KPH next to roads with 110 KPH with B Doubles on them driving at 120 KPH.
Rupanyup Railway Station is symbolic of the political culpable negligence of the Liberal/National Party and Labor parties.
Repanyup's Railway Station stands marooned and disconnected from the town it once provided an intractable link and connection to the rest of Victoria and contributed substantially to the economy of the town and employment.
The large freight yard has been ripped up and all freight transport is now shifted by ubiquitous mono economic road transport companies.
The Repanyup Railway Station stands as a testament to the architects, builders and carpenters whose craftsmanship is reflected in the quality of the Railway Station and to the vision of the politicians and bureaucrats who had the foresight to build the rail line to Rupanyup.
The same cannot be said of the politicians of the Hamer and Kennett government's, who have insulted the heritage, infrastructure and resources of our forebears, who provided this valuable and considerable rail network. The level and number of disadvantaged towns in Victoria is considerable and it has been brought about by the abject negligence of governments removing the life blood of those towns - their railways.
Rupanyup, is one of those many towns in Victoria, who owe their decline to the political incompetence and insularity of the Liberal/National; Party and to Labor for not intervening and changing the circumstances of these towns.
The $500 Million the Labor Party has budgeted for country and regional Victoria is an insult, when considering what is actually needed to reverse the decline of rural communities, when comparing the amount of the budget committed to Melbourne.
The neglect of Rupanyup Railway Station has lead to the railway station precinct to become a dumping ground for people's rubbish and disused trucks, cars and caravan and a Z class Guard's Van.
The internals of the railway station is filled with rubbish and vandalised walls, doors and fittings.
The ceiling in the booking office has collapsed and is covered in exposed asbestos and this is a potential health hazard!!
Rupanyup Railway Station, is a prime example of political impoverishment and intransigence and should be restored and returned to the community as resource and given the dignity and respect that the men who laboured to build the railway station exhibited in their commitment, craftsmanship and pride in their work - a commodity that is exceptionally very short in politicians.
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