Regional rail networks (letter)by Kevin O'NeillNews Weekly
, April 14, 2007
Charles Sturt University Institute of Land Water and Society held a successful symposium at Wagga Wagga in February to explore the elements of a regional rail network. This is good news.
It has long been the hope of many of us that a university would take up the task of pointing the way for Australia to have an appropriate rural rail network. Rail is the core element of land transport.
With three different rail gauges and several administering authorities, rural Australia will not reach its full potential of productivity until we have an appropriate rail network.
Recently, the Federal Government took the decisive step to coordinate the administration of our scarce water resources with a view to making the best use of what water supplies are available.
The matter of standardisation of the rail gauges and a national administration has long been on the agenda of successive governments.
Charles Sturt University of Wagga has given a lead. It is to be hoped that we will hear more of it in the future.Kevin O'Neill,