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Action will speak louder than words on rail line-南京夜网

发布时间:2018-05-16 16:30 阅读

Steve Bracks and Peter Batchelor need to act.THE editorial of The Border Mail of May 27 highlights two issues vital to the relocation of the railway line from the central business district of Wodonga. “How much has the indecisiveness of the Bracks Government cost the taxpayers of Victoria and, more importantly, when will the Bracks Government announce the date that the project will start?” I would add one more issue: “Why has the Bracks Government played politics with this issue by delaying its commencement which has led to an enormous cost blow-out?” The community of Wodonga can take great credit for keeping the pressure on the Bracks Government to fulfil its promise that the railway line will be relocated. The chamber of commerce played a big part in representing the community’s interests on this issue. I hope that my verbal stoush with Peter Batchelor 12 months ago, which coincided with the chamber’s protest, was pivotal in forcing the minister to take responsibility for this project, instead of blaming others for the continuous delays. My personal stand on this issue has not changed since the day I persuaded Jeff Kennett to fund the relocation of the railway line out of the centre of Wodonga. Unfortunately, I will not see the results of my work before my retirement, but nothing will give me greater satisfaction than to travel on the first train that runs from Wodonga to Albury on the new line. No single issue in Wodonga has been more important to me as member for Benambra than achieving the railway relocation to allow the city to develop to its full potential. The vital question that needs to be asked, “Is this just another pre-election promise?” Mr Bracks must be accountable and start this project before the election in November and not just leave it hang as a pre-election promise. — TONY PLOWMAN, member for Benambra, Wodonga This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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