Thirroul Village Committee meets this afternoon to discuss issues affecting the area, including the plan to bring 9000 tonnes of rock through every day, calls for greater graffiti controls and to hear the latest on Christmas lighting in Thirroul.
The Committee is particularly interested in the Transport NSW plan to move their rocks from Sydney’s Westconnex project by rail to Port Kembla’s BlueScope Commonwealth Rolling Mills site on Old Port Rd. According to the Illawarra Mercury, this would result in three extra freight trains full of rocks passing through the Northern Illawarra every day, then three empty ones heading back to Sydney- six in total.
The plan has raised concerns by Greens MPs who feel the rail line is already working to capacity. There are also ongoing concerns about a lack of commuter services to our local stations since the State Government timetable upgrade. Constant lobbying has fallen on deaf ears for more trains to stop at smaller stations to alleviate pressure on Thirroul and Helensburgh ‘hubs’. Questions are sure to be raised about the impact more freight trains will have on local commuters.
Also discussed this afternoon will be the missing Christmas lights in Thirroul.
Christmas 2017 wasn’t quite the same with the absence of the shopping precinct’s traditional lighting display. You can read that story HERE
If you’d like to have a say on all things Thirroul, the meeting will be held Sunday April 15 at the TRIPS Hall Thirroul from 4pm