Shellharbour MP Anna Watson has called on the State Government to publicly release the details of the Centurion proposal to complete the Maldon-Dombarton rail link with a dual freight and passenger service following the scuttling of a previous plan.
Ms Watson says the Government can’t be trusted to consider the new proposal after it rejected a similar consortium bid during the failed register of interest process it set in place to consider proposals to complete the Maldon-Dombarton rail link last year.
The new proposal by Centurion published in The Sydney Morning Herald and the Illawarra Mercury today suggests the company is willing to build the moth-balled rail line linking Port Kembla and south-west Sydney and a high speed passenger service linked to the Main South Line.
The Government indicated last year that two companies had advanced proposals to build the Maldon-Dombarton rail line but had ultimately rejected both proposals without ever having explained why.
The proposal published in newspapers appears to offer positive benefits to Illawarra commuters and moves freight off the South Coast Line.
The Government should publicly release full details of the Centurion proposal as soon as possible so that the Illawarra community can assess it.
Comments attributable to Anna Watson MP:
“This is an exciting proposal for both freight handling and commuter passenger rail transport in the Illawarra.
“The Government should publicly release the details of the proposal so we can all have further understanding of what is on offer and how much it will cost.
“The Government already stuffed up a long register of interest process on building the Maldon-Dombarton rail link project last year.
“It never did explain to us why that process failed.
“I just don’t trust this Government not to stuff up this proposal too.”
30 June 2016