Jan 5

NSW MP’s support public buses

Source: NSW Parliament website Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie) [5.40 p.m.]: I speak today about Transport for Newcastle, the new regional authority announced by the transport Minister last week. First, I point out that the idea of a regional transport authority for Newcastle and the Hunter is not new. Regional leaders and forward-thinking people in […] Read More »

Jan 5

Hunter train trips falling

The NSW State Government are defending a drop in patronage on the Hunter train line, saying that with the introduction of the Opal Card the way they collect data has changing and currently the statistics are inaccurate. Read More »

Dec 21

Know Your Rights – Wages and Related Matters

SECTION 3 – WAGES AND RELATED MATTERS 15. Wages and Wage Increases 15.1 Subject to this clause, wage rates at Part B – Table 1 Weekly Wage Rates (Table 1) – for classifications listed in Table 1, incorporate the following wage increases: (i) 2.38% from the first full pay period commencing on or after 1 […] Read More »

Dec 18

Ryan Park visit shows solidarity with Union

On a visit to the Hunter, NSW Shadow Minister for Transport Ryan Park restated Labor’s opposition to the privatisation of Newcastle Buses, its ferries, and proposed light rail network. “There was no mention by the Government of its privatisation plans during the election,” Mr Park said. “Instead of being upfront, the Government kept its plans […] Read More »

Dec 17

Not good enough to just compare the dollars

Comparing STA bus costs to private operator costs is like comparing apples to oranges, but that’s just what the NSW Auditor-General has done, and what the Baird Government is relying on as evidence to privatise Newcastle Buses and Ferries, so reports the Newcastle Herald today. The Auditor-General, the officer in charge of deciding whether government […] Read More »

Dec 16

The organised chaos of peak-hour Wynyard

The Wynyard bus interchange is like a city in a city, with its own rules, and a transient population bigger than some regional towns. As big as a city block, buses are stacked three deep along Carrington Street, with the footpath just as clogged with commuters wanting nothing more than to be home. But, amongst […] Read More »

Dec 15

Christmas and New Year penalty rates update

With a big week ahead, drivers and staff are reminded of their entitlements under the agreement. To qualify for the cash payment for working a public holiday, an employee must commence their shift on a public holiday. For full details, click here. Read More »

Dec 11

Flaws in plan to run light rail down Hunter Street, says Newcastle Herald

IT IS astounding that the government is ripping up the rail line and proceeding with its proposed replacement, light rail in Hunter Street, when yet another secret report discloses that the business case for that project is flawed. The Hunter Street project failed seven out of the nine criteria, against which it was considered by […] Read More »

Dec 9

Hunter council’s move to protect public transport

In a major win for the community Newcastle Council has joined Lake Macquarie Council in condemning the sale of the regions public transport by the Baird Liberal Government. Community anger has been growing as the state government is still refusing to back down from their deeply unpopular decision to sell off Hunter Transport to the […] Read More »

Dec 9

Union campaign sways Newcastle Council against privatisation

State government plans to privatise the city’s public transport services have come under heavy fire from Newcastle council which has voted to oppose any such move. Thank you to all the members and delegates who turned up to show their support for protecting Newcastle Buses, including Brett Peters, Kelly Budden, and Leanne Holmes. The Newcastle Herald has […] Read More »