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April 7, 2012 The Age Adam Carey Cut the noise, planners for new railway are ordered  THE authority in charge of building a major rail line through Melbourne's west has been ordered to come up with a new plan to cut noise levels after experts found that thousands living near the line would be condemned to excessive noise from high-speed trains.  
March 21, 2012 The Age Melissa Jenkins Auditor scorns 'slack' officials  DELUDED, lazy bureaucrats in Victoria don't give ministers the advice they need, and large projects are retrofitted to match political announcements, the state's auditor-general says. 
February 1, 2012 Maribyrnong Leader Sarah Anderson Anger around Maribyrnong footbridge is rising MARIBYRNONG residents have jumped to the defence of the Rising Sun footbridge, earmarked for demolition by Regional Rail Link. 
September 7, 2011 Maribyrnong Weekly Grant Reynolds Footscray station lifts going down, mostly THE lifts at Footscray railway station are breaking down at the rate of more than once every three days, leaving elderly and disabled commuters stranded. 
September 7, 2011 Maribyrnong Weekly  Regional Rail Link: Seniors railroaded as dozers clear way FOOTSCRAY senior citizens groups bid farewell to their Buckley Street home of 35 years last week before it is bulldozed for a new rail line. 
August 31, 2011 Maribyrnong Weekly Grant Reynolds Regional Rail Link: Residents demand second report THE state government is pressing ahead with works on the Regional Rail Link, but nearby residents are yet to gain any comfort over noise and pollution levels. 
August 17, 2011 Wyndham Weekly Laura Little Williams Landing station: Ramps reworked into station design Mr Mulder said there had been significant problems at Laverton and Footscray, where there were only lifts and stairs.  
August 9, 2011 Star  Charlene Gatt Unclear Future TIME is running out for Footscray residents and businesses whose properties will be acquired to make way for the Regional Rail Link, with the 31 August deadline fast approaching. 
July 9, 2011 Herald Sun Graeme Hammond  Plea for Open Space THERE'S little Hugh Oates can do about the enormous disruption his suburb will face over the next five years as work proceeds on the Regional Rail Link, but he can see ways residents could ease the pain.  
July 6, 2011 Maribyrnong Weekly Grant Reynolds Regional Rail Link: Seniors shocked at 'railroading' FOOTSCRAY seniors groups have until the end of next month to move out of their Buckley Street building before it is demolished as part of the $5billion Regional Rail Link project. 
July 6, 2011 Maribyrnong Leader Anthea Cannon Salvos' home sweet home in Footscray Exclusive tour of $22 million 120-bed aged-care centre, in Buckley St, Footscray, ahead of the opening in October. The vast centre, which was once at risk of being acquired for the Regional Rail Link... 
July 5, 2011 Maribyrnong Leader Anthea Cannon Leaving the Footscray neighbourhood FOOTSCRAY is on the move, with many residents and businesses preparing to relocate to make way for the Regional Rail Link. Among them at the end of August will be the Footscray Senior Citizens Centre 
June 29, 2011 Herald Sun Ashley Gardiner Get ready for rail snarl out west  Rail link chief Corey Hannett was forced to defend the authority yesterday amid mounting criticism the public was being kept in the dark about noise levels. "We have undertaken community consultation," Mr Hannett said on radio station MTR. The criticism follows the bungled announcement last year of compulsory property acquisitions in Footscray. 
June 28, 2011 MTR Radio 1377 Steve Price Regional rail follow-up Steve Price talks to the CEO of the Regional Rail Link Authority Corey Hannett about the latest on the development of the Regional Rail Link 
June 27, 2011 The Age Clay Lucas Residents 'in the dark' over rail line  FOOTSCRAY residents affected by the expansion of a railway line through Melbourne's west have been left in doubt about the project's impact on their homes - just weeks before properties are to be bulldozed. 
June 24, 2011 ABC TV 7:30 Stephanie March Print Email Share Growing concerns over rail project Residents are concerned about a lack of noise standards for the regional rail project. 
June 24, 2011 Maribyrnong Leader Anthea Cannon Pain for rail gains in Footscray REGIONAL Rail Link is back on track, but the Greens and residents have accused the Government of leaving them stranded. 
June 23, 2011 Herald Sun Ashley Gardiner Transport confidence plunges since poll  CONFIDENCE in public transport has plunged since the election of the Baillieu Government...Professor David Hensher said the drop in confidence reflected concerns about projects like Regional Rail Link and the Footscray to Caulfield rail tunnel. 
June 22, 2011 Maribyrnong Leader Anthea Cannon Hoping to make a small but real difference Seddon't Hugh Oates is taking his place on the Regional Rail Link Community Reference Group. Picture: MARK WILSON EVEN if it’s just small, Seddon’s Hugh Oates hopes his place on the Regional Rail Link Community Reference Group will make a difference. 
June 21, 2011 Maribyrnong Leader Anthea Cannon Call for Footscray rail noise action Nick Fahey of the Fair Go For Footscray Rail Residents group. Picture: MITCH BEAR MARIBYRNONG Council hopes to push the Federal Government for national rail standards after being shocked by noise readings.  
June 15, 2011 Maribyrnong Weekly Grant Reynolds Unrelenting find voice amid the rumblings FOOTSCRAY residents fighting for measures to reduce noise and vibration from the Regional Rail Link project hope to have a voice at the planning table following the formation of a community reference group. 
May 24, 2011 Brimbank Weekly Benjamin Millar Sydenham line rail commuters fume at closures RESIDENTS are furious at being left out of discussions about a two-week closure to the Sydenham railway line. 
May 24, 2011 Maribyrnong Leader Anthea Cannon Pain for rail gains in Footscray REGIONAL Rail Link is back on track, but the Greens and residents have accused the Government of leaving them stranded. 
April 27, 2011 Maribyrnong Weekly GRANT REYNOLDS Regional Rail Link: Maribyrnong Council, residents demand answers FOOTSCRAY residents in the path of a $5 billion rail project still have unanswered questions about how the state government will deal with noise, pollution and property acquisition issues. 
April 26, 2011 Maribyrnong Weekly  Regional Rail Link: Terry Mulder unplugged FOOTSCRAY residents still face a certain degree of uncertainty after the Regional Rail Link project was given the green light. Last week Transport Minister Terry Mulder spoke to the Weekly about key issues. 
April 13, 2011 Maribyrnong Leader Anthea Cannon Footscray residents question rail details FOOTSCRAY residents are worried the devil is in the detail of the State Government’s recommitment to the Regional Rail Link plan. 
April 8, 2011 The Weekly AAP Paying too much to fix Victoria's rail snarl? FORTY-SEVEN kilometres of track, more than $5 billion to be emptied from the public purse.  
April 6, 2011 The Age Clay Lucas Rail link project lacks detail, says transport group  BASIC details of how a new $5 billion rail line through Melbourne's west will operate remain unanswered by the Baillieu government, despite it being the most expensive single rail project in Victoria's history, a transport users group says. 
April 6, 2011 Bendigo Advertiser JAMIE DUNCAN Transport users call for review DESPITE a two-year delay blamed on a funding black hole of up to $1.1 billion, local politicians and the Bendigo Business Council have hailed the go-ahead for the Regional Rail Link. But the Public Transport Users’ Association says the delay to the $5 billion project should allow an independent review to fix faults in the project. 
April 6, 2011 The Australian John Ferguson New doubts on state's ability to stay on track with big projects A BLOWOUT of up to $1.1 billion in one of the nation's biggest public transport infrastructure projects has cast fresh doubt about the ability of Victoria to deliver a competitive agenda in the face of high labour and construction costs.  
April 6, 2011 The Courier (Ballarat) KIM QUINLAN Regional Rail Link: Ballarat commuters face confusion BALLARAT rail commuters face extra travel time and confusion under the Regional Rail Link project, the Public Transport Users Association claimed yesterday. 
April 6, 2011 Maribyrnong Weekly Grant Reynolds Regional Rail Link: Green light ends rail link uncertainty THE state government has ended months of uncertainty for Footscray residents and committed to building the Regional Rail Link. 
April 5, 2011 ABC News  Regional Rail link gets go-ahead The Victorian Government has announced it is going ahead with the multi-billion dollar Regional Rail Link.  
April 5, 2011 The Age Clay Lucas Rail link delay as bill nears $5bn  THE proposed new rail line through Melbourne's western suburbs will take an extra two years to complete as the Baillieu government struggles to meet what it says is an uncosted blowout of up to $700 million. 
April 5, 2011 Weekly Times Now Sarah Scopelianos Regional rail project rushed: users group THE Victorian Government is being accused of rushing its Regional Rail Link project which won't necessarily deliver benefits to country travellers.  
April 5, 2011 ABC 774  Regional Rail Link cost blowout blamed on former government The Minister for Public Transport and Roads in the Victorian Governmnent Terry Mulder has blamed the former Labor government for cost blowouts in the Regional Rail Link project. 
April 4, 2011 Maribyrnong Weekly Grant Reynolds Disabled rail at ramp-less train station DisAbility Connections Victoria chairwoman Christine Williams said she had faced problems with lifts at the recently redeveloped Footscray station. “My experience at Footscray has been a bit of a nightmare,” she said. 
April 4, 2011 Sydney Morning Herald Melissa Jenkins and Edwina Scott  Vic rail link residents get breathing room  Residents whose houses have been compulsorily acquired by the Victorian government to make way for the regional rail link might be given more time to vacate their homes. 
March 30, 2011 Maribyrnong Weekly Grant Reynolds & Goya Dmytryshchak Regional Rail Link: Probe urged into health impact FOOTSCRAY residents living close to the rail line are urging Planning Minister Matthew Guy to carry out a full investigation of the health effects of two new tracks that are part of the Regional Rail Link. 
March 9, 2011 Bendigo Advertiser LAUREN HENRY Regional rail link ‘critical’ STATE Opposition leader Daniel Andrews launched a campaign in Bendigo yesterday to ensure that the Regional Rail Link goes ahead. 
February 23, 2011 Maribyrnong Weekly Grant Reynolds William Cooper Footbridge 'waste of money' VISITORS' first "taste" of Footscray when they flock to the suburb for its culinary virtues in next month's Melbourne Food and Wine Festival will be the shabby surrounds of the railway station. 
February 22, 2011 AAP  Cuts likely for regional Victorian rail link The Victorian government has flagged the state's $5 billion regional rail link may be scaled back.  
February 16, 2011 Maribyrnong Weekly Grant Reynolds No place like home for rail link refugee RESIDENTS losing their homes to the $4.3billion Regional Rail Link are facing the prospect of having to leave Footscray as buy-out figures fail to match market values. 
February 15, 2011 The Age Marika Dobbin  We've been ripped off, say residents on regional rail route WESTERN suburbs residents who have been forced from their homes to make way for the proposed $4.3 billion regional rail line now say the state is ripping them off for a project that may never be built. 
February 15, 2011 Maribyrnong Leader Anthea Cannon Rail Link for West On Hold DESIGNS for the Regional Rail Link, for which contractors were being sought recently, are close to the cutting room floor, with the State Government “reprofiling” the project after cost blowouts and funding delays. 
February 14, 2011 ABC News  Property buy up continues despite rail link uncertainty The Victorian Government is continuing to buy-up homes in central Footscray, despite uncertainty over a proposed rail line through the area. 
February 14, 2011 Australian Financial Review Matthew Dunckley Business in limbo over rail link The Victorian government faces accusations of discrimination over a freeze on on buying the commercial properties that it needs to build the $4.3 billion regional rail link project. 
February 14, 2011 9 News  Melbourne home buyback to continue: govt The Victorian government says it will continue to buy up Melbourne homes in the path of a proposed regional rail link despite a review of the project casting doubt on its future. 
February 13, 2011 The Age Deborah Gough Fears review of rail link scandal may be tainted  TRANSPORT Department bureaucrats cannot be ''trusted'' to conduct an impartial review of the $5 billion Regional Rail Link (RRL) project, which some transport specialists are warning could become a more costly disaster than the Myki ticketing debacle. 
February 9, 2011 Rail Express Jennifer Perry Serious doubts over Regional Rail Link Victorian transport minister Terry Mulder says the former Brumby government’s poor planning and financial mismanagement of the Regional Rail Link (RRL) have led to a cover-up of a “massive black hole” in the project’s cost. 
February 9, 2011 Maribyrnong Weekly Grant Reynolds Regional rail link: Residents fear being taken for another ride FOOTSCRAY residents expecting to lose their homes to the $4.3billion regional rail link believe they are again being put through the wringer over the project's future. There is speculation the state government will walk away from the project after recent reports that the cost had blown out by $900million. 
February 9, 2011 Crikey.com.au Pat McGrath  Life on the railroad: caught between state screw-ups and federal follies  More than six months after the ill-fated Brumby government rattled dozens of Footscray residents and business- owners by forgetting to tell them about a plan to bulldoze their properties to make way for the new Regional Rail Link, homeowners here are facing more uncertainty. They have found themselves in the bizarre position of lobbying the government to ensure that their houses are acquired and, according to some of my neighbours, things could soon become even stranger.  
February 9, 2011 The Courier BENJAMIN PREISS Regional rail link still a priority: King BALLARAT MP Catherine King says the federal government considers a multi-billion dollar regional rail link project a priority despite reports of an expensive cost blowout. 
February 9, 2011 ABC Ballarat Steve Martin Mulder interview transcript ABC Ballarat Interview with Terry Mulder, Victorian Minister for Public Transport, regarding RRL project 're-profiling'.  
February 8, 2011 Maribyrnong Leader Anthea Cannon Footscray residents in the dark on link FOOTSCRAY residents affected by the Regional Rail Link have called for a transparent and quick decision about a possible delay to the $4.3 billion plan. More than a week ago, Prime Minister Julia Gillard flagged the possibility of diverting $500 million from the joint state and federal government project to help rebuild flood-damaged infrastructure. Ms Gillard said some projects could be “put back a couple of years”. 
February 7, 2011 The Age Kenneth Davidson More sense, less cents for rail revamp  Transport Minister Terry Mulder should seek independent expert advice, starting with an assessment of the Dotson report and why the department ignored it. If Mulder buys the line now being sold by his department that all the problems are the fault of the previous government, then nothing will be done and Mulder will become the prisoner of his department as did his three Labor predecessors.  
February 6, 2011 The Sunday Age Deborah Gough and Melissa Fyfe  Residents face lost sleep over rail project  HUNDREDS of residents in Melbourne's western suburbs face ''chronic'' sleep disturbance from noise pollution generated by the $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link, the state's environmental watchdog has warned in unreleased reports commissioned by the former Labor government. 
February 4, 2011 ABC 774 Radio John Faine Interview with Terry Mulder Discussion on the status of the RRL project, now facing cost blow-outs and funding issues.  
February 4, 2011 ABC News  Regional rail link project to be 'reprofiled' Victorian Transport Minister, Terry Mulder, says a cost-blowout will force changes to the regional rail link project. 
February 4, 2011 The Age Clay Lucas Blowout puts rail project in doubt  CHAOTIC planning surrounding a proposal by the Brumby government to build the most expensive rail project in the nation's history has led to a massive blowout in its likely cost, the Baillieu government says. 
February 3, 2011 Stock & Land  http://sl.farmonline.com.au/news/state/agribusiness-and-general/finance/rail-blowout-sparks-row-over-projects/2065655.aspx http://sl.farmonline.com.au/news/state/agribusiness-and-general/finance/rail-blowout-sparks-row-over-projects/2065655.aspx 
February 3, 2011 Australian Financial Review Matthew Dunckley Rail Blowout Sparks Row Over Projects Federal and state government co-operation on the funding of big infrastructure projects has suffered a significant setback as a cost blowout of up to $1 billion threatens to scuttle a proposal to build a major new rail line in Victoria. The Australian Financial Review has learned that the $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link in Melbourne is under threat after the massive blowout.  
February 2, 2011 Public Transport Users' Association  Transport review must include the regional rail link The PTUA has called on the Minister for Public Transport, Terry Mulder, to include an evaluation of the Regional Rail Link (RRL) in the review of the former government’s transport plan.  
January 18, 2011 The Star Charlene Gatt Share | Green light for rail link THE $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link project remains on track, despite the State Government announcing a review of Victoria's Transport Plan. 
January 12, 2011 Geelong Advertiser Peter Begg Mulder FIrm on Rail Plan THE Baillieu Government is continuing with the controversial Regional Rail Link for V/Line trains despite strong opposition from public transport users. 
January 7, 2011 The Age Clay Lucas Baillieu shelves state transport plan  TWO years and $6 million in taxpayer-funded ads later, the Brumby government's Victorian Transport Plan has been laid to rest by the new state government. 
November 22, 2010 Sky News  Public transport meltdown Tens of thousands of commuters in Melbourne's southeast will have Monday morning's peak-hour rail meltdown fresh in their minds when they cast their votes on Saturday. 
October 13, 2010 The Age Clay Lucas Planning laws to fast-track rail link  POWERFUL new planning laws the Brumby government created last year to reduce opportunities for community objections to big transport projects will be used to quickly gain approval for a $4 billion rail line through Melbourne's west. 
October 12, 2010 The Age Clay Lucas Footbridge, car parks to be rebuilt for rail link  A $15 MILLION pedestrian bridge in Footscray, opened in May by the Brumby government, will have to be partially rebuilt within four years to make way for the Regional Rail Link project. 
October 6, 2010 Maribyrnong Weekly Grant Reynolds Regional Rail Project: Free car parks to go SHOPPERS and commuters will lose the last free off-street car parks in central Footscray when work starts on the Footscray railway station as part of the $4.3billion Regional Rail Project. 
September 28, 2010 Star Alesha Capone Travel Travails Under the RRL, commuters travelling between Geelong and Werribee will be taken by train to the new Manor Lakes station from where they will catch a bus back to Werribee station. 
September 22, 2010 Maribyrnong Weekly Grant Reynolds Consider our pain: residents RESIDENTS and traders who will lose their homes for a new rail line have made a plea to Planning Minister Justin Madden to take their concerns seriously. 
September 15, 2010 Maribyrnong Weekly Grant Reynolds Footscray station: No change to stairs WORKS at Footscray railway station as part of the $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link will not involve fixing the steep stairs leading to the footbridge. 
September 14, 2010 Star Charlene Gatt Link to take homes   The new route, which was released by the State Government last week, will be constructed on a more northerly alignment between Albert St and Victoria St in Footscray. 
September 8, 2010 The Age Clay Lucas Residents angry over rail change  FOOTSCRAY residents who were told in July that their houses would be demolished to make way for a controversial regional rail line have lashed out at the Brumby government after it emerged many of them will not lose their homes after all. 
September 8, 2010 Maribyrnong Weekly (formerly The Mail) Grant Reynolds Link anger: Living with noise, bad vibrations THE anxious wait for residents whose Footscray homes could be demolished for a rail project reached a climax yesterday when the final route was revealed. The Department of Transport released the final alignment for the two additional tracks through Footscray for the $4.3billion Regional Rail Link project, showing houses which will be demolished and those which will stay. Twenty-five homes and 41 commercial properties will be demolished. 
September 7, 2010 Maribyrnong Leader Anthea Cannon Was Cr Michael Clarke 'uncaring' on rail grab? The Leader received numerous complaints after publishing Cr Michael Clarke’s comments from last month’s council meeting that the line would have a “remarkably small impact” and was a win for the community. 
September 7, 2010 Herald Sun Ashley Gardiner  State Government will bulldoze 25 homes for Regional Rail Link project Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula said the Salvation Army’s new James Barker Hostel in Footscray will be spared the bulldozer. 
September 7, 2010 Channel 9  Footscray residents to lose homes to Rail link  
September 4, 2010 The Age David Rood  Opposition endorses RRL The opposition has also endorsed the government's controversial new rail line through the western suburbs, but will not commit to an ambitious rail tunnel across Melbourne. 
September 1, 2010 Rail Express    New authority to oversee Regional Rail Link  The authority’s first task would be to finalise the current EES referral process and award major construction contracts for the $4.3bn project that are expected to be announced this later this year, transport minister Martin Pakula said. 
September 1, 2010 Financial Review Jason Murphy Brumby statement adds to rail link stoush Victorian Premier John Brumby has presented an argument that appears to support the skipping of an environmental effect statement (EES) for a proposed regional rail link. 
September 1, 2010 The Age Paul Austin  Nothing will stop rail line: Brumby  THE controversial new railway line through Melbourne's western suburbs will be built regardless of the findings of any study on its impact on residents and the environment, Premier John Brumby says. 
August 31, 2010 The Age Paul Austin   Voters shunted on rail project  Secret documents prepared by law firm Freehills show the Department of Transport has been seeking ways to reduce the prospects of an environmental effects statement into the multibillion-dollar Regional Rail Link from Little River, near Geelong, through Footscray to Southern Cross Station. 
August 31, 2010 AAP  Edwina Scott  Secret plan like Windsor Hotel: Baillieu  The Victorian government has again come under fire for attempting to interfere with a community consultation process, this time over a proposed regional rail link. 
August 30, 2010 Herald Sun Alan Howe Deadly art of arrogance  And arrogance certainly is deadly: it killed off the Kennett era in Victoria and in November it might do away with the Brumby Government. 
August 25, 2010 The Mail GRANT REYNOLDS 37 days to plead case THIRTY-seven days is not a long time to decide your future, much less make a stand. 
August 25, 2010 The Mail Grant Reynolds Councillor in rail link 'firing line' MARIBYRNONG Council has formally backed the state government's $4.3billion regional rail link project, but at the same time one of its own councillor's business lies in progress's path.  
August 24, 2010 Star Charlene Gatt Trapped by tracks A COUNCILLOR has emerged as the latest victim of Regional Rail Link acquisitions, as residents struggled to put in submissions about a train line with no specific details. 
August 24, 2010 Maribyrnong Leader Anthea Cannon Railway claims Maribyrnong councillor's building Cr Michael Clarke said people needed to rise above day-to-day politics. “The impact on the community is remarkably small ... and it’s an opportunity I don’t think we’ll see again in our lifetime.” 
August 20, 2010 International Business Times Yvette Pascua Residents Near Footscray Railway Will Wait Residents have until the end of the day to determine if they want to be bought-out. Public Transport minister Martin Pakula said "People should make submissions on whether they want to be in the zone, or whether they to be acquired or not, but ultimately the decision will be made, in terms of the advanced project scope, by the Minister for Planning." 
August 19, 2010 ABC Ryan Sheales Footscray residents decide the future of their homes Residents near the Footscray Railway Station in Melbourne's west have until the end of today to decide if they want their properties purchased by the Victorian Government. 
August 19, 2010 The Age Clay Lucas Labor in transport cost blowout  NEW railway stations priced at $20 million each four years ago are now set to cost Victorian taxpayers $55 million each, according to Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula. 
August 19, 2010 Channel 9 Christopher White Footscray residents annoyed over rail link  
August 18, 2010 The Mail CAMERON TAIT Regional Rail Link: Journey 'to double' Train and car travel times between Newport and Geelong are at the moment almost the same, though train travel times are likely to increase from about 47 minutes to 90 minutes, under the project. 
August 17, 2010 Maribyrnong Leader Anthea Cannon NSW town Berrigan throws lifeline to Footscray rail-link victims A SMALL NSW township has offered itself to Footscray residents whose homes will be acquired for Regional Rail Link. 
August 16, 2010 The Age Clay Lucas Footscray residents being railroaded  FOOTSCRAY residents whose homes could be badly affected by a proposed train line have been told they have until Thursday to decide if they want their house acquired - despite the Brumby government not yet releasing its final plan for where the tracks will go. 
August 13, 2010 Channel 9   Footscray residents still unsure of their houses fate   
August 13, 2010 Channel 9   Victoria's $10bn transport plan revealed   
August 11, 2010 Star Charlene Gatt Planning meeting THE State Government has postponed a planning panel hearing about changes to the Maribyrnong Planning Scheme. The hearing, which was scheduled for the end of July, has been deferred to ensure guidelines for future development within Footscray are in line with major transport initiatives outlined in the Victorian Transport Plan. 
August 11, 2010 The Mail GRANT REYNOLDS Link fury: Buckley Street buyers in limbo BUCKLEY Street residents who bought a house that could now be demolished for a rail line are questioning why buyers weren't told the rail project was being planned. Freelance artists Craig Fison, Alison Ross and Stace Callaghan banded together and bought a Buckley Street house in Footscray in mid-July last year. 
August 10, 2010 Maribyrnong Leader Anthea Cannon We're not pawns, say Footscray rail link residents While residents felt they’d been heard by Mr Pakula, Mr Fahey said they were disappointed politicians and election candidates were seeking to gain political advantage from their plight. 
August 10, 2010 Maribyrnong Leader Anthea Cannon We're not pawns, say Footscray rail link residents WITH the state election looming and questions still lingering on the Regional Rail link route, Buckley St residents say they are in danger of becoming “a political football”.  
August 4, 2010 The Mail Grant Reynolds Link fury: Condemned to waiting On Saturday they and more than 90 other residents from the area attended a meeting with Transport Minister Martin Pakula.  
August 3, 2010 The Star Charlene Gatt No Answers  RESIDENTS and the Salvation Army are demanding answers and calling for a fair go three weeks after the State Government released key details of Victorian Transport Plan projects. 
July 28, 2010 The Mail Grant Reynolds Link fury: Objectors not taking rail project lying down MIDDLE Footscray residents whose homes and businesses will be demolished for a regional rail project took their demands for a "fair go" to State Parliament yesterday. 
July 27, 2010 Herald Sun Steve Price Voters rail against the injustice  VICTORIAN Premier John Brumby, I am almost certain, could never have been to Short St, Footscray. In reality, he's had no reason to visit the area until now but the Premier and his Transport Minister, Martin Pakula, ought to go and stand where I was standing last Wednesday. 
July 27, 2010 Victorian Government  Legislative Council - Hansard Report of Parliamentary Debate Hansard - containing response by Minister Pakula to questions from Colleen Hartland 
July 27, 2010 ABC News  Footscray residents rally over rail link Footscray residents whose homes will be destroyed to make way for the Regional Rail Link have rallied on the steps of Parliament. 
July 27, 2010 AAP  CATHERINE BEST AND EDWINA SCOTT   Vic rail residents still in the dark  Residents whose homes are set to be bulldozed to make way for a country rail line say they are still in the dark over the Victorian government's plans. 
July 27, 2010 Star Newspaper Charlene Gatt Transport trials FOOTSCRAY residents have formed a new group in the aftermath of the WestLink and Regional Rail Link plan and are determined to get some answers. About 50 people attended a residents meeting held by Greens MLC Colleen Hartland and voted to start up a residents group to garner a whole of Footscray approach. 
July 27, 2010 The Age  Home owners protest  FOOTSCRAY residents whose homes are set to be acquired for the state government's Regional Rail Link will gather on Parliament's steps at 1pm today to protest against what they say is insufficient time being given to respond to plans to compulsorily acquire their homes. 
July 27, 2010 Herald Sun Steve Price  Voters rail against the injustice VICTORIAN Premier John Brumby, I am almost certain, could never have been to Short St, Footscray.  
July 26, 2010 The Age Education Resource Centre Colleen Ricci Regional Rail Network SOME Footscray residents have been shocked to discover their houses will be demolished to make way for a new rail link designed to improve access between Melbourne and regional centres. Adding to their emotions was the fact this news was broken to them by reporters, not by government officials.  
July 26, 2010 Bendigo Advertiser MEG RAYNER Maryborough back on track with trains MARYBOROUGH residents turned up in droves to see the first passenger train in 17 years steam into the station on Saturday. 
July 21, 2010 The Mail Grant Reynolds Link fury: It's a shambles 'I feel sick. I feel angry. I don't want to lose my house' - Hariklia Vorgiatzidis MIDDLE Footscray residents aggrieved at the prospect of losing homes to a rail link are banding together to fight for a fair go. 
July 21, 2010 The Mail Grant Reynolds Link fury: 'Where's respect?' BUCKLEY Street resident Nick Fahey had heard whispers that bad news is on the horizon, but nothing could prepare him for the blunders that followed. 
July 21, 2010 The Mail Grant Reynolds Link fury: Life to be a 'living hell' THEY are the people "left behind". Residents on what will become an island of homes close to Buckley Street in Footscray are demanding the state government buy them out before they have high-speed trains for neighbours. 
July 21, 2010 MTR  Footscray residents face home demolition The State Government’s regional rail-link transport plan will see new tracks laid through parts of Footscray. As a result up to 31 houses are facing partial or complete demolition. There has been little or no consultation with residents. Steve Price went out to Footscray last week to see Buckley Street resident Nick Fahey who took Steve on a tour to show him where the new lines will go. 
July 21, 2010 The Age CLAY LUCAS  Five more homes and one man's refuge to be shed   THEY say every man needs his shed. Don't tell that to Nick Fahey, who looks likely to lose his shed - and perhaps his house - to a new railway line. Mr Fahey's is among the 31 homes in and around Buckley Street, Footscray, likely to be acquired for the Regional Rail Link. 
July 20, 2010 Star Charlene Gatt Share |  Anger over rail scheme SHOCK. Disbelief. Outrage. These are just some of the feelings Footscray residents have gone through in the past week as the State Government plans to demolish houses and businesses to reduce Victoria’s transport problems. 
July 20, 2010 TOPNEWS Kohia Dennison VG Assures Rail Link Residents to Be Given Compensation People living in or owning houses at Footscray are likely to be affected by the regional rail link project and due to this, the Victorian Government has assured that the residents are completely entitled to receive compensation from the Government. 
July 20, 2010 Star Charlene Gatt  Missing link – funds IT’S attracted lots of acclaim and criticism since being released last week, but there’s one key thing the Victorian Transport Plan project is still lacking: funding. 
July 20, 2010 The Age Clay Lucas Pakula's offer to marooned rail residents  Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula has visited a small number of Footscray homes that were to be left behind when the state government built its $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link project and offered to buy them out. 
July 20, 2010 ABC News  Compo for rail link residents The Victorian Government has confirmed the owners of several houses at Footscray that will be affected by the regional rail link will be eligible for compensation. 
July 20, 2010 Maribyrnong Leader Anthea Cannon Footscray seniors railroaded THE number’s up for bingo players in Footscray, with the State Government set to claim the Footscray Senior Citizens’ Centre for the $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link. It comes days after Maribyrnong Council committed $130,000 to refurbish the Buckley St centre as part of its 2010/11 Budget. 
July 20, 2010 Channel 9   Footscray residents get a formal meeting   
July 19, 2010 Herald Sun Norrie Ross, Matt Schulz  Ted Baillieu slams government for treatment of 'marooned' families The State Government this morning promised to buy out Footscray residents who feared a new $4.3 billion rail link would maroon them on an island of hell. 
July 19, 2010 The Age CLAY LUCAS  Residents left hanging as rail link bungle hits home  FOOTSCRAY residents who may lose their homes in a compulsory acquisition process started by the state government last week have been told they won't know for two months if their houses will go. 
July 18, 2010 AAP  Residents fight for rail plan compo  A new action group will take up the compensation fight for Footscray residents and business people affected by the Victorian government's planned regional rail link. 
July 16, 2010 The Age Clay Lucas MP bore only good news on rail link  NEVER get between a politician and a good news story. Labor MP for Footscray Marsha Thomson on Monday morning this week had letters hand-delivered to residents of Railway Place, a street in her electorate that had campaigned hard against their homes being demolished for the government's $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link project. 
July 16, 2010 AAP   Backlash for Brumby on Melbourne rail demolitions FURIOUS Melbourne residents have threatened to desert the Labor Party over a controversial rail project set to wipe out up to 26 homes.  
July 16, 2010 ABC Stateline Cheryl Hall Public transport winners and losers Confusion remains over which houses the State Government will bulldoze for its new regional rail link. Residents of Buckley Street, Footscray are gathering this weekend to hear from lawyers about their rights. This follows a belated State Government apology for its mishandling of the rail link announcement, leaving residents to find out from the media. 
July 15, 2010 The Age Clay Lucas and Richard Willingham Salvos may face demolition for rail link project  Premier John Brumby yesterday apologised for the government's botched handling of the acquisition of homes - two days after announcing details of the $4.3 billion project at a business lunch. 
July 15, 2010 The Age Letters Inexcusable that residents will be routed to limbo  IT IS hard to excuse the insensitivity of a government that fails to give advance notice to owners facing compulsory purchase of their homes to make way for the $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link. 
July 14, 2010 The Mail Grant Reynolds Linking Victoria: Buckley Street cops it FOR some it was a bitter loss, for others a hollow victory. There were mixed feelings among residents whose homes sit alongside a controversial proposed rail link through Footscray. 
July 14, 2010 Herald Sun Stephen McMahon, Evonne Barry   Premier John Brumby apologises to residents over transport plan bungle "It's apparent that all of the people weren't contacted, that's a matter of regret,'' Mr Brumby said. "I'm sorry that those people weren't contacted, they should have been. 
July 14, 2010 The Age Paul Austin and Richard Willingham Premier, minister refuse to say sorry for rail-link bungle  IT WAS meant to be a pre-election good news story about how Premier John Brumby was taking action to unclog trains and roads in Melbourne's crowed inner-west. But last night the government was in damage control after its multibillion-dollar transport dream turned into a PR nightmare. 
July 14, 2010 The Mail GRANT REYNOLDS Project Sacrificis: Homes Go MANY homes will be lost while others perceived to be under threat earlier will be spared demolition. 
July 14, 2010 The Age Richard Willingham Brumby says sorry for rail link bungle Premier John Brumby has apologised to Footscray residents for not informing them that their homes would be demolished to make way for the $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link. 
July 14, 2010 ABC News  Residents get apology over demolition gaffe Premier John Brumby has apologised to residents who were not told their houses would be demolished to make way for the State Government's transport plan. 
July 14, 2010 Crikey Pat McGrath Brumby’s rail may run through my laundry Details remain incredibly sketchy, but it looks like my modest weatherboard may be spared from the Brumby government’s decision to clear-fell between 26 and 50 houses in Footscray to make way for a new rural rail corridor through Melbourne’s west. 
July 13, 2010 Sky News  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn0WwxmpnQE&feature=related  
July 13, 2010 ABC News Josie Taylore Homes to go as part of transport upgrade The State Government has laid out pre-election plans to ease road and public transport snarls in Melbourne's west. One of them is a tunnel under the Maribyrnong River and it is likely to be a tollway. But there is another price as well. As many as 50 homes and dozens of businesses will have to be demolished. 
July 13, 2010 The Age Clay Lucas Residents not told their homes will go  About noon yesterday, Premier John Brumby and two of his ministers, scores of his staff, and 300 of Australia's most handsomely rewarded transport stakeholders sat down to a superbly catered three-course meal at Federation Square's Zinc restaurant, with much of the tab picked up by the public. 
July 13, 2010 The Age Clay Lucas Brumby maps new transport routes   PREMIER John Brumby has detailed the routes of four proposed road and rail projects ahead of November's state election, despite having money to build only one of them. After months of delay, Mr Brumby also disclosed precisely where the $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link - the only project with funding from Canberra - will run. 
July 13, 2010 ABC News  Govt defends consultations on transport plan The State Government says public servants were scared off by the media yesterday, as they tried to tell residents at Footscray, their homes would be demolished.  
July 13, 2010 Maribyrnong Leader Anthea Cannon Footscray residents kept in dark over home demolition plans RESIDENTS in Melbourne’s inner-west found out yesterday afternoon, or as late as today, whether their homes would be bulldozed to make way for the State Government’s three major transport projects. 
July 13, 2010 Rail-News.com  Victoria’s Regional Rail link and Melbourne Metro on Track “The plan to build within in the existing rail reservation means the number of properties to be acquired has been kept to a minimum and the amenity of Footscray is preserved because there is no need for ventilation towers to be constructed.” 
July 13, 2010 The Age ROBYN GRACE  Rail demolition: Footscray residents fume over notification blunder  One of the Footscray residents whose homes will be razed for the $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link project waited almost 24 hours for official notification - despite Premier John Brumby's claims that he has made ‘‘every effort’’ to contact those affected. 
July 12, 2010 AAP  CATHERINE BEST  Almost 200 properties face bulldozer  Almost 200 properties in Melbourne's western suburbs face compulsory acquisition to make way for three multibillion-dollar transport super projects. 
July 12, 2010 Maribyrnong Leader Anthea Cannon Transport plans bring uncertainty to western suburbs The Regional Rail Link, WestLink tunnel options and Truck Action Plan update, all released today, include tunnels, extra rail lines, ramps, road-widening and bridges in Footscray, Yarraville, Seddon, Braybrook and Tottenham. But the plans gloss over the 26 properties to be acquired under the $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link. 
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