So, I finally got to a PC to lock in my poor PC research skills but here we go - for the record I have tried to avoid using documents directly from Political parties as we know they are skewed (I still contend that Ministrial staffers provide a lot of news for newspapers, but I have no direct evidence of this, just something I have been told by numerous sources both within Newspapers and from political staffers)
who killed the Gawler line:
So the first piece of information I can find on this s:http://infrastructure.sa.gov.au/new_con ... s/?a=43748 (pg 15)
with the update here circa 2011
http://www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/__d ... _Sheet.pdf
All fairly mundane
This is where it gets interesting:
costs blow-out (which shows how many occur - whether that is a good or bad thing is up to the readers opinion I guess)
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/gawl ... 6078130746
Project cancelled: 31st May 2012
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/sout ... 6377253573
Then this is where i gets interesting (and murky)
Feds ask where the money allocated went and when it will be returned as the project had not proceeded yet - Feb 2013.
http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/sea ... %2F0000%22
I can't put a page number on that so search Gawler.
I don't like Senator Edwards, but the responses to his questions , in the way in which I read it means that the moneys are returned and the project essentially unfunded by the feds at that point - i.e Government needs to reapply when they have funding
In my opinion, this is fundamentally when the project died.
Circa Oct 2014
Now somewhere along thing line - the state government reannouced the project - except only to Salisbury and not Gawler
http://www.bunyippress.com.au/gawler-ra ... n-delayed/
Feds pull there money - Oct 2014
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/sout ... 6745622546
I found this part interesting, that they referred to it as earmarked - not committed.
An interesting piece from Mr Hooks perspective - this is dated 10th of July 2014
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/form ... 864e9f343f
bit of puff/bullshit from both sides of pollies
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/sout ... 3adf28b82d
Now, unfortunately I can't seem to find all the information to provide a better flow of information (happy to do so if people who can reasearch can find stuff)
but the way I read the flow of events is quite simply the delays of the State Government (from 2008 to 2014) simply moved that money from committed to earmarked.
now, this is a direct comment from Briggs - so take it as you want (which given recent events...)
To be fair, Mr Briggs is correct, Abbott was always a road person, we have him to thank for the South Road upgrade, but was this told to the SA Labor?Assistant Federal Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister Jamie Briggs said the Coalition had made clear during the campaign it did not intend to fund urban rail.
He also attacked the State Government for failing to consult with his department over the 30-year transport vision it released on Monday. He said $2 million pledged by the previous Labor federal government to help develop the plan would also not be paid.
"We were really dismayed by that plan, which had been released without consultation with us despite the fact that is seeking a lot of Federal Government money," Mr Briggs said.
the Kut seems to not to think so
Given I have no faith in Koutsantonis, I believe Briggs - but others might not.Mr Koutsantonis yesterday said he first learnt of the move from The Advertiser.
"Ripping this out is a complete act of bastardry on the people of the north," he said.
"The Prime Minister's personal discussions with the Premier were that if we'd gone out to tender, they would be honoured. "This is a breach of that promise.
"We've gone out to tender on Gawler, we had an agreement with the government of the day.
"They are killing this project and breaking the hearts of everyone in the north."
so my whole take on the debacle.
- We pledged to upgrade the Gawler line
We got Government funding
We decided we couldn't afford our part
Feds wanted their money back, and we gave it to them
We re-announced a scaled back project without checking with the feds
Feds said they weren't funding it
We got sad and blamed the Feds for everything.
We then spent the money building a tunnel under parklands.
The O-Bahn upgrade in its place is stil mystfying and I've got nothing to add to that.