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Jan 20

Victorian taxpayers to fund first ‘solar trams’

Reported in the Australian: Victorian taxpayers will partially fund the building of a $150 million solar plant to be used to power Melbourne’s tram network. Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio yesterday doubled down on the government’s controversial renewable energy targets as she announced that a 75 megawatt solar plant would be built in regional Victoria. She […] Read More »

Jan 20

NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian seeks to replace Premier Mike Baird

Reported in the Australian Financial Review:  NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian will stand as a candidate to replace Premier Mike Baird for the party leadership, a government source said, and is considered by Liberal insiders likely to be successful. Ms Berejiklian, who has overseen a strong budget performance as treasurer for three years, was unlikely to […] Read More »

Jan 12

Public to have say on Parramatta light rail plans

Reported in the Parramatta Advertiser:  PARRAMATTA’S  multi-­billion dollar light rail is gaining traction with the man heading the project saying the public need to be involved. Parramatta Light Rail program director Tim Poole ­previously headed the development of the Gold Coast light rail and he spoke to the Advertiser at the official office opening, stressing […] Read More »

Jan 11

Manmeet Sharma tragedy: Brisbane bus destroyed, fleet number retired

Reported in the Sydney Morning Herald: The bus in which a Brisbane bus driver was burnt to death last October has been destroyed, and its fleet number retired, out of respect for slain Manmeet Sharma. Mr Sharma, 29, was a couple of months into his job as a bus driver when he pulled up to […] Read More »

Dec 13

200 jobs slashed as State Transit goes on cost-cutting drive to keep bus contracts

About 200 jobs will be axed at State Transit – most of them from support roles – as the government-run operator slashes costs to allow it to hold onto large Sydney bus contracts. In a blow to staff just two weeks before Christmas, State Transit has told its heavily unionised workforce there will be cuts […] Read More »

Dec 6

Newcastle light rail needs NSW Auditor-General’s attention say NSW Greens

Reported in the Newcastle Herald: Newcastle’s light ‍rail project should be investigated by the NSW Auditor-General in light of problems with the Sydney CBD light ‍rail, the NSW Greens have requested. An auditor-general’s report late last month on the CBD and South East Light ‍Rail project said the cost of the Sydney project blew out […] Read More »

Dec 2

Thank-you and Merry Christmas from the Tram and Bus Division

It’s been a tough year for the Tram and Bus Division. As usual privatisation of bus services has been top of the agenda. This year we’ve been out on the streets to fight against the privatisation of bus services, talking to the public and representing our members in the ongoing debate In particular we are […] Read More »

Dec 2

The fight against bus privatisation continues

Bus privatisation protests have continued across Sydney this month. Tram and Bus Division Secretary Chris Preston and President David Woollams have been hitting the streets with union volunteers and supporters to talk to the public about privatisation of bus services and what it could mean to them. RTBU members were out leafleting commuters, and asking […] Read More »

Dec 2

Watch – Possible fines for bus companies that miss targets

Reported by 7 News: An audit of bus services across Sydney has recommended bus operators start being fined for failing to meet on time targets. Watch full story here. Read More »

Dec 1

Light rail audit puts govt under pressure

Reported by AAP: The NSW treasurer has stepped up to “take full responsibility” for a cost blowout in the CBD-eastern suburbs light rail link, after an audit revealed poor planning and omissions in the original business case for the project had cost taxpayers an extra half a billion dollars. The anticipated budget for the CBD […] Read More »