Tim Crakanthorp MP met with the Premier in Sydney yesterday to discuss issues integral to the future of Newcastle. 

Those issues were:

  • Retaining Newcastle Rail line
  • Increasing job opportunities and keeping manufacturing jobs local
  • Stopping TAFE cuts
  • Mine subsidence in the CBD and lack of progress of the Mine Subsidence Taskforce
  • Making Newcastle the energy capital of Australia
  • Restoring Art Gallery redevelopment funding
  • Commitment to continue Renew Newcastle funding

“The Premier and I had wide ranging discussions on a number of issues. While we did not agree on everything that was raised, I did get him to commit to further discussions around mine subsidence and Renew Newcastle funding first thing in the new year.

“He indicated that he would look at the Art Gallery redevelopment, particularly given that all by-election candidates signed a pledge to support the Art Gallery.

“I was not surprised that the Government’s position on the rail line is not going to change at this point, but I had to reiterate that Newcastle wants to keep its rail. It is very disappointing to hear today about the ‘smoke and mirrors’ tactics of transferring rail infrastructure to the Hunter Development Corporation so they would not be bound by the requirements of the Act.” said Mr Crakanthorp.

 “I gave a commitment in my inaugural speech that I would take this to the Premier and advocate on behalf of the people of Newcastle. All these issues will be part of my policy platform for the March election.

“The people of Newcastle have been deprived of a real say on a number of key decisions in Newcastle. I will be following up on these important issues and will keep advocating on their behalf," concluded Mr Crakanthorp.

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    • Jazz Andrews
      published this page in Media Releases 2014-12-23 16:45:49 +1100