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So many people I speak to say they want trains in this area but they’ve given up believing it’s possible. ‘The government will never pay for it, they say, the track is falling apart.’
It’s interesting to look at what’s happening out West in NSW at the moment. The Northern Daily Leader, August 14, – All aboard, MP flags more train rides from town – talks about new potential rail connections between Tamworth and Dubbo, Newcastle and Sydney.
This article also states, ‘Dubbo was identified as the preferred location to construct a brand new rail maintenance facility, bringing with it a big boost for jobs, as the entire regional train fleet is replaced.’
It seems that the local Nationals MP for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson, is the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Transport and is pushing for more rail services for his area. Our local Nationals MPs, Thomas George and Geoff Provest have been pushing for funding for rail trails.
Our cities are as populated and more numerous than out West and in fact Tweed has more than twice the population of Dubbo. Maybe we just need some new MPs.
This article first appeared on www.echo.net.au
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