The NSW Government today announced a CBD transport interchange at Wickham, as originally planned, instead of Hamilton or Broadmeadow. The new interchange would connect the existing heavy rail to a planned light rail track which is now intended to run as far as Pacific Park in Newcastle East.
Category Archives: Hunter Issues
Response to Belinda Epstein-Frisch’s opinion piece on the closure of the Stockton Centre
Disability advocate Belinda Epstein-Frisch has a written an opinion piece ‘Stockton closure worries can be overcome’, which was published in the Newcastle Herald today. The gist of the piece seems to be that the closure of the Stockton Centre and other large residential care facilities is a good thing for clients living in these centresContinue reading “Response to Belinda Epstein-Frisch’s opinion piece on the closure of the Stockton Centre”
Wallsend in Parliament: November 2013
This is the first post in what will be a monthly summary of the work of Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery in the NSW Parliament. The post is separated into the different types of parliamentary activity and sub-sorted by date – Most recent activity first.
NDIS funding cuts more bad news for NSW
In worrying news for people living with a disability, the federal government looks set to pare back the NDIS.
What could have been: the economic argument for a redeveloped Newcastle Regional Art Gallery
I truly believe all Hunter based Members on every side of politics want the best for their constituents and for the Hunter region. I also believe all Novocastrians want to see a strong Hunter into the future and a revitalised Newcastle city centre. That’s why I find it so hard to believe that the NSWContinue reading “What could have been: the economic argument for a redeveloped Newcastle Regional Art Gallery”
Mental health in the Hunter
How many people reading this have suffered from depression? How many reading this have a son, a daughter, a sibling or a parent who has suffered from depression or from some other mental illness? This might seem like an odd question to ask, but in the light of statistics (ABS 2007 National Survey of HealthContinue reading “Mental health in the Hunter”
Why the Newcastle rail line needs to stay
The Hunter region is growing. Population projections suggest growth of around 150,000 residents over the next 20 years or so. Employment growth by 2046, according to the Bureau of Transport Statistics, is expected to bring 75,000 jobs to the region, 20,000 of them in inner Newcastle.
An investigation of the root barriers used with the new Laman Street figs
I was showing some friends from Sydney around Newcastle the other day when one of them posed an interesting question to me. This post is my attempt at answering it.
NDIS Is No Help For Some
Six years ago, when he was twenty-two years old, Jeff Johnson was in a car crash. Before the accident he was active and outgoing and loved to ride his motorbike. His parents, David and Barbara, warned him he was taking risks.
Ian Rankin on light rail
I just discovered a recording from 2012 of an interview with Scottish crime author Ian Rankin at the Melbourne Crime and Justice Festival. The audio clip was sent to me by someone who’s aware of my interest in public transport policy, especially the controversial NSW Government plans to replace the heavy rail line with light railContinue reading “Ian Rankin on light rail”