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We do not grandstand. We advocate. If advocating for the community is “grandstanding” then so be it.
We will always call those out who fall short of advocating fairly, squarely, publicly and privately for passenger rail on our corridor.
We have made no secret that we’re delighted with the current composition of Mildura Council, and, some recent efforts by Member for Mildura Peter Crisp.
We note also that Mayor Glenn Milne is suggesting the current transport provision can not continue as it is.
Secondly, and most importantly: A “study” will take into account all modes of transport.
In other words, if the study concludes that busses can do the task more efficiently, then this is what government will assume is the best outcome for all.
Cast your memories back to the last study in 2010. What occurred?
We need a scoping study on passenger rail as part of added value of the Murray Basin Rail Project.
More studies, we do not need.
It is a tactic to devalue our cause, and attempt to put the focus on pure economics before logic and community.
There is also a real danger that the communities to the south will be the real losers.
Sadly, while the community calls for passenger rail, some continue to try to derail the debate, and the core need for a train.
It’s time for passenger rail to be considered uniquely with bonus supporting bus services to outlying communities – not as some sort of “added extra” or “a possibility”.
We want to see clear, concise and strong passenger rail advocacy, not some washed-down version.
President NorthWest Rail Alliance
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