The State Government has learnt from the naming debacle of the Shellharbour Junction station and promised full consultation with the Shellharbour community on the future use of the old Dunmore station, Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, said today.
In a letter to Ms Watson this week, the Minister for Transport, Gladys Berejikilian MP, has promised “thorough and rigorous discussions with the Shellharbour community.”
Ms Watson wrote to the Minister last August asking the Minister to avoid a repetition of the debacle over the official naming of the Shellharbour Junction station, and full community consultation on the future use of the now de-commissioned Dunmore station.
“I am pleased to receive the Minister’s assurance that there will be full local community engagement into the possible future uses of the Dunmore station.
“I think the Minister has learnt lessons from the 12 month debacle over the proposed naming of the Shellharbour Junction station and how that controversy could have been avoided had the State Government adopted my proposal to consult the community from the beginning.
“I have written to the Minister again seeking further detailed information on her plans to – in her words – ensure “thorough and rigorous discussions” with the local community”, she said.
Ms Watson has also requested the Minister provide a precise timeline for the provision of toilet facilities for the new Shellharbour Junction station, which were not included as part of the $39 million building.
“We still don’t know when the toilet facilities will be built for the benefit of commuters”, she said.
3 February 2015