The Shellharbour community should be involved in any decisions on the future use of the decommissioned Dunmore train station site, Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, said today.
Ms Watson said that the State Government should avoid falling into the same trap of ignoring the community’s wishes following the naming fiasco of ‘Shellharbour Junction’ station over the last 16 months.
“I wrote to the Minister for Transport, Gladys Berejiklian, about the future use of the Dunmore train station buildings and site in August.
“The Minister sent me a response earlier this week stating that:
“Future uses of the existing Dunmore Station buildings have yet to be determined.”
“I will be urging the Minister next week in State Parliament to begin a comprehensive community consultation process to ensure that the Shellharbour local government area’s residents have input into the future use of the Dunmore station buildings and the site.
“I will be encouraging the Minister not to proceed down a path of ignoring the community’s views, or only taking soundings from a select group of individuals as she did on the proposal to name the new station as ‘Shell Cove’, only for it to be rejected by the Geographical Names Board of New South Wales”, she said.
Ms Watson said that Dunmore would be included as part of the Shellharbour electorate following changes to NSW electorate boundaries for the March 2015 State election.
17 October 2014