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Some Newcastle residents are labelling a move to scale back security at the disused Newcastle Railway Station a 'deliberate act of demolition'.
The Save Our Rail group has written an open letter to the Transport Minister, condemning the decision to remove security guards from the building.
The heritage-listed station was closed in December as part of the New South Wales Government's plans to truncate the city's rail line at Wickham.
Save Our Rail president Joan Dawson said leaving the station abandoned is alarming.
"I feel this could be a deliberate act of demolition by neglect, by leaving it in such a vulnerable state that anyone could walk in there and trash the place," she said.
"They could walk in there and destroy it, and I'm extremely concerned about it."
Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp said he is surprised by the move.
"It's quite ironic that security remains at Civic Station because the government does intend to demolish that," he said.
"Certainly they have shown that in their plans.
"Yet the heritage listed building they're proposing for adaptive re-use has been left sitting unprotected.
"We need to re-instate that security as a matter of urgency."
Transport New South Wales said a mobile security patrol is servicing Newcastle, Civic and Wickham stations, and can be increased if needed.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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