2022 State election

 
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
Whilst it is true that the Gillard govt deferred funding for the project, you neglect to state the obvious that it was actually the Abbot govt that officially withdrew funding for the Gawler electrication. The Abbot govt when elected in Sept 2013 had a policy platform of only funding road projects and not any rail projects - as most highlighted by the 2 yr stoush with Vic govt over the EW link project after the Nov 2014 election of the Andrews govt. who sought Fed money for the MM1.

Fed funding for the Gawler electrification was officially withdrawn on 23 October 2013 some 6 weeks after Abbott govt was elected. It didn't matter how many requests for funding the SA state govt made during this time, the feds did not allocate any money for state rail projects. Thereafter, Comm funding was only made available under the Turnball in 2018 with an agreement signed in mid 2018.

There is responsibilty for this project taking nearly 15 yrs (assuming it reopens this year) rests with both sides of politics at both the state and federal level. Credit to state ALP for the policy vision in 2008 (even if not adequately funded in order to achieve implementation) amd credit to the Turnbull govt for providing the federal funds.

The funding agreement was signed in July 2018 (project expected to be completed in 24 months with work was expected to start by the end of 2018. However, works didn't start until Nov 2019 and the prolonged shutdown since Dec 2020 and ongoing delays are scandalous even in the context of Covid. Complete mismanagement and a lack of oversight by the dept & the govt.

Project management students will be studying the Gawler electrication project for decades to come as a good example of a poorly implemented project.
Yappo
Because SA Labor hadn't spent the money in the (what was it?) nearly three years subsequent to Gillard pulling the funds to send to Queensland. The money sat there unspent and eventually was withdrawn when Abbott eventually got elected - really you have to blame SA Labor for not pulling their finger out, they had ample time but diverted money to other things they figured they needed to get re-elected in 2014.

Bit of a common history of promising this stuff, getting federal funds and then not proceeding. I seem to recall that around 20 years ago the Commonwealth pledged quite a few million to standardise and re-open the Mt Gambier railway line but no South Australian government has actually been interested in doing it. So eventually the promised funding lapsed and in the meantime the line has continued to rot into the ground.

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  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville

Bit of a common history of promising this stuff, getting federal funds and then not proceeding. I seem to recall that around 20 years ago the Commonwealth pledged quite a few million to standardise and re-open the Mt Gambier railway line but no South Australian government has actually been interested in doing it. So eventually the promised funding lapsed and in the meantime the line has continued to rot into the ground.
don_dunstan

Not quite - the figure was $10 million and the year was 1997. The money was given to the SA Government, so it didn't 'lapse'. Last time I asked, which was quite some time ago, it was still languishing in some dark corner of the SA Budget. Someone with nothing better to do could probably still track it down. The SA government did make some half-hearted/half-arsed attempts at making the the $10m available toward re-activate the line, but it all got too hard.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Project management students will be studying the Gawler electrication project for decades to come as a good example of a poorly implemented project.
Yappo
I gvie that title to Crossrail or Brandenburg Airport. As i understand it Gawler was rescheduled due to funding issues as opposed to being delayed due to problems found during construction.
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud

Bit of a common history of promising this stuff, getting federal funds and then not proceeding. I seem to recall that around 20 years ago the Commonwealth pledged quite a few million to standardise and re-open the Mt Gambier railway line but no South Australian government has actually been interested in doing it. So eventually the promised funding lapsed and in the meantime the line has continued to rot into the ground.
Not quite - the figure was $10 million and the year was 1997. The money was given to the SA Government, so it didn't 'lapse'. Last time I asked, which was quite some time ago, it was still languishing in some dark corner of the SA Budget. Someone with nothing better to do could probably still track it down. The SA government did make some half-hearted/half-arsed attempts at making the the $10m available toward re-activate the line, but it all got too hard.
bingley hall
Alan Scott - who was still alive at the time - was vehemently opposed to the line re-opening and the then Liberal government was fairly easily bullied by the trucking magnate. Shame because the line had only been closed a few years at that stage, it's pretty much rotted into the ground now and would require a complete re-build.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland

Alan Scott - who was still alive at the time - was vehemently opposed to the line re-opening and the then Liberal government was fairly easily bullied by the trucking magnate. Shame because the line had only been closed a few years at that stage, it's pretty much rotted into the ground now and would require a complete re-build.
don_dunstan
It's getting harder and harder these days to reopen the line as the former Infrastructure Is progressively disappearing like at road crossings (total removal of rail and crossing equipment) rail trails within the townships, the track being severed by new road works like the Penola Bypass.
  Cato56 Station Master


Alan Scott - who was still alive at the time - was vehemently opposed to the line re-opening and the then Liberal government was fairly easily bullied by the trucking magnate. Shame because the line had only been closed a few years at that stage, it's pretty much rotted into the ground now and would require a complete re-build.It's getting harder and harder these days to reopen the line as the former Infrastructure Is progressively disappearing like at road crossings (total removal of rail and crossing equipment) rail trails within the townships, the track being severed by new road works like the Penola Bypass.
Nightfire
The retention or removal of decrepit infrastructure that doesn't meet contemporary standards of safety or reliability has little to no bearing on the future cost of implementing infrastructure that is appropriate to re-commence operations.

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