The Fifth Estate: The top 10 TFE articles of 2015

The Fifth Estate: The top 10 TFE articles of 2015 (22 December 2015)

2015 has been a huge year for The Fifth Estate. Reader numbers continued to grow; we clocked up our most read, commented upon and shared story in TFE history; and the number of special projects, events and ebooks we took on seemed to grow exponentially.

Following the success of COP21 and a renewed focus on cities from our federal government and indeed the world, we leave the year hopeful for an even bigger 2016 – hopeful that our leaders now finally understand the importance of a sector we’ve been talking about for close to seven years now, and hopeful that they will now implement some concrete actions to improve its sustainability.

As we head off for the Christmas break, we’ll leave you with the top 10 stories of 2015 – there’s some scandal, some hope, some “how-to”s and a little bit of old-fashioned sustainability ingenuity to boot. See you in 2016!

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Go slow over Hawkesbury Rail Bridge

HawkesburyBridgeABC NSW: Go slow over Hawkesbury Rail Bridge By Mary-Louise Vince (15 September 2015)

Public transport advocacy group, Ecotransit Sydney says rail travel times between Newcastle and Sydney are already too slow without safety concerns along the Hawkesbury River bridge on the New South Wales Central Coast. Continue reading “Go slow over Hawkesbury Rail Bridge” »

An artist's impression of the Newcastle light rail

Newcastle and UrbanGrowth NSW to sign MOU on urban renewal

An artist's impression of the Newcastle light rail

An artist’s impression of the Newcastle light rail

The Fifth Estate: Newcastle and UrbanGrowth NSW to sign MOU on urban renewal (2 June 2015)

The City of Newcastle will sign a memorandum of understanding with UrbanGrowth NSW that acknowledges the council’s role in the urban renewal of Newcastle and defines how the two bodies will work to implement the state government’s controversial Newcastle Urban Transformation and Transport program. Continue reading “Newcastle and UrbanGrowth NSW to sign MOU on urban renewal” »

Newcastle rail cut – a solution looking for a problem

Newcastle rail cut: a fake solution in search of a real problem

Newcastle rail cut – a solution looking for a problem

Newcastle rail cut – a solution looking for a problem

The Fifth Estate: Newcastle rail cut: a fake solution in search of a real problem. Gavin Gatenby, EcoTransit Sydney (26 May 2015)

Last Christmas Day I rode what might be the last train out of Newcastle station – a handsome heritage terminus alongside the historic core of NSW’s second-biggest city. It was 11:22 on a brutally steamy night, and the occasion had an air of unreality rather than sadness and inevitability. Continue reading “Newcastle rail cut: a fake solution in search of a real problem” »

Two days, two cities, one struggle

It was the weekend the Baird Coalition Government – three months out from the NSW state elections – ran into a rising tide of community opposition. On Saturday 13 December, inner Sydney residents gathered at Simpson Park, St Peters, and blocked Campbell Street in a protest against the madness of the WestConnex motorway proposal. The Read more about Two days, two cities, one struggle[…]

DD (Don’t Derail) Day

Wed 20th August departs Central Station at 09:15 Pru Goward the NSW Minister for Developers and her predecessor Brad Hazzard are planning to cut the Newcastle rail line on the 26th of December so the land can be handed over to foreign developer corporations. Funneling the sale through Urban Growth NSW this will improve the Read more about DD (Don’t Derail) Day[…]

Sydney North West rail link ‘unfit for purpose’

The planned single-deck line would be the start of the privatisation of the city's rail system.

The planned single-deck line would be the start of the privatisation of the city’s rail system.

Green Left Weekly: Sydney North West rail link ‘unfit for purpose’ (July 7, 2014)

The planned single-deck line would be the start of the privatisation of the city’s rail system.

The NSW Coalition government’s proposed private North West rail link, from Chatswood to Rouse Hill, will be “unfit for the purpose” it is intended for, according to Gavin Gatenby, co-convener of EcoTransit Sydney.

Instead of being a more efficient mode of mass commuter transport, the planned single-deck line would be an “entry wedge for the privatisation of the city’s rail system”.

The central plank on the NSW budget, released on June 17, was a plan to sell-off the state’s electricity infrastructure, the “poles and wires”, in order to fund large-scale transport projects — principally the $13 billion WestConnex private motorway, and the private North West rail line, intended to be later extended through the Sydney CBD to Bankstown, at an estimated cost of $10 billion. Continue reading “Sydney North West rail link ‘unfit for purpose’” »

Don’t derail Newcastle!

Direct rail access between the central business districts of two major cities is the Holy Grail of intercity rail travel. It’s what governments around the world aspire to. But NSW’s Baird Government is planning to rip up two and a half kilometres of the Newcastle rail line between Wickham and Newcastle station, forcing intercity and Read more about Don’t derail Newcastle![…]

Save Newcastle Rail!

A video record of a Save Our Rail demonstration outside NSW Parliament House on 28 May 2014 against the proposed truncation of the intercity rail line currently terminating at historic Newcastle Station in the heart of the city’s historic core.

Let’s get the fast train to Newcastle

The ability to travel seamlessly from Sydney’s CBD right into Newcastle’s historic business, retail, and entertainment precinct is a priceless advantage that should be the making of Newcastle. Unfortunately, the Baird Government is insanely determined to rip up the last, vital, 2.5 km of track and sell the land to their developer mates. By best Read more about Let’s get the fast train to Newcastle[…]