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LIBERALS DERAIL BAROSSA RAIL PROTECTION BILL

Tony Piccolo MP near the Altona Bridge which could be redeveloped by digging up the rail track.

A law introduced into State Parliament to protect the Barossa Rail Track and corridor from been dug up further, was this morning derailed, with every Marshall Liberal Government MP voting against the Bill.

Taskforce chair and Duty Member for Schubert, Mr Tony Piccolo, introduced the Bill in February based on the work of the Barossa Tourist Train Taskforce.

“I am very disappointed that the Marshall Liberal Government has blocked this important bill,” said Mr Piccolo.

“The government has missed an opportunity to protect the rail corridor between Gawler and Angaston.”

“Now the Barossa Rail Corridor is vulnerable to Kromer’s Crossing style of vandalism, which has cut-off Nuriootpa.”

“There may also be potential for the line to be blocked or cut-off again at the Altona road bridge between Rowland Flat and Lyndoch, which has been earmarked for major redevelopment.”

“This Bill would have required any development work that would block or cut-off the line to be approved by Parliament.”

“This damage to the line will mean more taxpayer funds will be required to undo and fix these problems before the rail corridor can be operational again, potentially costing millions of dollars.”

The Statutes Amendment (Barossa Rail Corridor) Bill 2021 would have achieved three things.

  • restrict the government from selling off any part of the rail corridor to any third parties,
  • it would have formally defined what the corridor is and
  • provided a safeguard for any development along the corridor, which under the proposed law, would have required the consent of Parliament.

“It is now open slather for the government to further cut-off the line under the guise of crossing upgrades. It will just delay the entire tourist train concept and make it more expensive than it needs to be,” Mr Piccolo warned.

 

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A NOT SO MERRY CHRISTMAS FOR MARIE

Tags: Gawler / Public Transport

  • By Light Electoral Office
  • Dec 29, 2020
A NOT SO MERRY CHRISTMAS FOR MARIE

  

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BUS-TED !!!!!

Tags: Light Electorate / Roads / Public Transport

  • By Light Electoral Office
  • Jun 29, 2020
BUS-TED !!!!!

  

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OPINION: PUBLIC TRANSPORT – PEOPLE’S NEEDS FIRST

The bus services that the community and I fought so hard for in 2010 are being severely slashed in an appalling act of vandalism by the Marshall Liberal Government that is determined to privatise public transport services at any cost.

This will mean more cars on the road and more traffic and car parking chaos at busy railway stations, shopping centres and schools.

The public is also in the dark about which bus stops will be axed. There are over 500 bus stops to be axed across the network and many of these will be in the Light Electorate.

For those living in Willaston, Hewett and Gawler East you will see your 491 and 492 bus services axed.

If you live in Munno Para there will be less services for a new $260m B-12 school at Angle Vale, where public consultation on public transport seems non-existent from the Education Department, which will create total traffic chaos for school drop-offs and pick-ups.

This cut will impact families, particularly those who only run one car or no car at all, increasing their cost of living and putting more pressure on household budgets already stretched by the COVID-19 pandemic.

These cuts go to the heart of the relationship between government and the community and show the different ways in which SA Labor and the Marshall Liberal Government prioritise community services.

The language used by the Minister for Transport in justifying these cuts is that of corporate management, not the language one would use to describe an essential community service.

The minister refers to increased efficiency, to provide lower cost services, but that is only achieved by drastically reducing these services.

So, it is efficiency versus effectiveness. I support effectiveness, because it considers need and not only cost.

Small businesses in the Light electorate will be affected by the bus cuts, as people will not be able to travel throughout the area to access these goods and services.

It is also clear that cuts do not address the needs of those living in our community with a disability. The minister says, 'Well, what's a few extra hundred metres if you have to walk to the bus stop?'

If you have a disability, are elderly or infirm, the 200 or 300 metres more to walk to a bus stop means the difference between accessing a public bus service and not.

That is the difference.

The minister then spoke about customers. Reducing the value of citizenship to simply paying customers. In other words, customers pay and you only deliver to those select people.

All citizens must be treated with dignity.

I believe that the services should be there for all people, according to need.

It is not about being treated as a customer. We need to look after the most vulnerable people in our community. Those who have paid taxes for fifty years and are now retired. What these cuts do, is undermine the basic needs of the people in our community.

We must put people’s basic needs first.

 

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PASSENGERS VENT THEIR ANGER ABOUT THE “DISEASE EXPRESS”

Photo: Seven News  

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Train Users Sold Out in Marshall Liberal Rail Privitisation

Local residents demonstrate their opposition to the privatisation of our rail services  

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