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Spanning The Continent By Railway 100 Years Since West Linked East By Railway To Say Heavy Rail Trains Are Old Or Slow Is Wrong Capital City High Speed Rail Fits In With Suburban Networks Railways Must Not Be Dispensed With For Very Good Reasons North Sydney-Emu Plains Line Via Castle Hill Stations And Details East End Tram Extension To Include 4 New Stops Why Federal Politicians Want To Cut Heavy Railway Lines Bass Strait Rail Ferry Or Rail Tunnel? Wynyard Tram Tunnels Were Designed For Trains
 
Spanning The Continent By Railway

Spanning The Continent By Railway

Connecting Port Augusta To Broken Hill Victor P Taffa On 26 September, 1855 the Western Line in New South Wales opened between Sydney and Parramatta that would go all the way to Perth, Western Australia. There were 6 Railway Stations when the line opened in 1855. These were as follows: Sydney, Newtown, Ashfield, Burwood, Homebush […]

100 Years Since West Linked East By Railway

100 Years Since West Linked East By Railway

100 Years Since Completion Of The Transcontinental Railway Line Victor P Taffa Transcontinental Railway Line was completed at Ooldea on 17 October 1917 and on 22 October 1917 the first train left Port Augusta, South Australia for Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.   Prime Minister Billy Hughes opened the line which was a remarkable surveying and engineering […]

To Say Heavy Rail Trains Are Old Or Slow Is Wrong

To Say Heavy Rail Trains Are Old Or Slow Is Wrong

Rapid Transit Metro Rail Is The Odd Man Out Victor P Taffa Rapid Transit Metro Rail uses a different technology that has a Third Live Rail which is essentially old technology. Third Live Rail does not power trains by an overhead wire and as such the system is incompatible with Heavy Rail or Suburban Trains. […]

Capital City High Speed Rail Fits In With Suburban Networks

Capital City High Speed Rail Fits In With Suburban Networks

High Speed Rail Operates On Heavy Rail Tracks Victor P Taffa Capital City-Capital City High Speed Rail (HSR Aka Japan’s Bullet Train) is essentially a Heavy Rail Train that operates at 500 km/h. Capital City-Capital City High Speed Rail includes a Roll-on Roll-off Rail Ferry across Bass Strait. HSR travels on Heavy Rail Tracks that […]

Railways Must Not Be Dispensed With For Very Good Reasons

Railways Must Not Be Dispensed With For Very Good Reasons

Railway Facts And Figures Victor P Taffa Railway Planners and Politicians who do not know or ignore the Past cannot Plan for the Present let alone the Future. Given what has gone on with closure of Branch Railways throughout New South Wales it would seem rather mad capped for the North West Railway Line under […]

North Sydney-Emu Plains Line Via Castle Hill Stations And Details

North Sydney-Emu Plains Line Via Castle Hill Stations And Details

North West Heavy Rail Line As A Through Line From Day 1 Victor P Taffa North West Railway Line that is under construction will provide a far more effective Railway Line with many more services for commuters as a Through Line than a Branch Line. East Hills Line until 1984 was a Branch Line. Population […]

East End Tram Extension To Include 4 New Stops

East End Tram Extension To Include 4 New Stops

South Australia Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan Contract Awarded For East End Tram Extension Victor P Taffa Night works for the City Tram Extension Project will begin this weekend, after the major contract was awarded to Downer York Joint Venture a consortia consisting of Downer EDI Works and South Australian company, York Civil. […]

Why Federal Politicians Want To Cut Heavy Railway Lines

Why Federal Politicians Want To Cut Heavy Railway Lines

SAY YES TO HEAVY RAIL: SAY NO TO METRO RAIL Victor P Taffa         Country New South Wales had many Branch Railway Lines closed and replaced by more costly bus services. The Newcastle Line is next and it would seem that this policy is driven by Baron Richard Beeching in the U.K. […]

Bass Strait Rail Ferry Or Rail Tunnel?

Bass Strait Rail Ferry Or Rail Tunnel?

Bass Strait Rail Transport Options Victor P Taffa Currently the Car Ferry that operates across Bass Strait between Victoria and Tasmania is full during peak season. A Rail Ferry that also operates across Bass Strait would increase investment in Tasmania and build the economies of South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. When discussing the idea of […]

Wynyard Tram Tunnels Were Designed For Trains

Wynyard Tram Tunnels Were Designed For Trains

Victor P Taffa Sydney Harbour Bridge opened on 19 March 1932 catering for 6 undivided road lanes and 4 Railway Lines. 2 Western side Railway Lines continue to take trains to and from the North Shore. 2 Eastern side Railway Lines were intended initially for a Railway to the Northern Beaches that was abandoned in […]

ISPUT Daily Visit Statistics And Page Views

ISPUT Daily Visit Statistics And Page Views

02 July 2017

ISPUT (Improve Sydney Public Transport) Daily Visits And Page Views Over Last 30 Days Victor P Taffa 5 Visits For 19 December 2017 With Day Incomplete 516 Total Visits Over Last 30 Days 1,019 Total Page Views Over Last 30 Days ISPUT Website (Improve Sydney Public Transport) Contains And Supports: Heavy Rail that connects with […]

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The Southern Thunderer Daily Visit Statistics And Page Views

The Southern Thunderer Daily Visit Statistics And Page Views

02 July 2017

The Southern Thunderer (TST) Daily Visits And Page Views Over Last 30 Days Victor P Taffa 7 Visits For 19 December 2017 With Day Incomplete 3,556 Total Visits Over Last 30 Days 4,679 Total Page Views Over Last 30 Days The Southern Thunderer Visits Are Higher During State And Federal Elections Period 20 November-19 December […]

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15,000 Articles Strong

15,000 Articles Strong

19 December 2017

The Southern Thunderer First Published Online On 14 October 2009 Victor P Taffa Today Tuesday 19 December, 2017 The Southern Thunderer reaches an achievement of having published 15,000 articles and we would like to thank all the readers from across Australia and around the world that have consistently logged onto The Southern Thunderer and kept […]

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Visits And Page Views During Elections In The Southern Thunderer December 2017

Visits And Page Views During Elections In The Southern Thunderer December 2017

19 December 2017

All Candidates Listed Increases Traffic To The Southern Thunderer Victor P Taffa During State and Federal Elections all candidates are listed in The Southern Thunderer. Visits and Page Views increase as people are seeking information about the election that is being held. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) During the month of March 2016 all SEO Titles, […]

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New South Wales Unemployment Rate Down To 4.6% November 2017

New South Wales Unemployment Rate Down To 4.6% November 2017

18 December 2017

New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet New South Wales Unemployment The Lowest In The Nation Victor P Taffa New South Wales has recorded the lowest unemployment rate in the country for a 30th straight month. Latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show the New South Wales rate remains at 4.6 %, the […]

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Be Water Safe Not Sorry Campaign Launched By Minister

Be Water Safe Not Sorry Campaign Launched By Minister

18 December 2017

New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant New Water Safety Campaign Launched After Drowning Spike Last Summer Victor P Taffa Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant today launched a new Government advertising campaign Be Water Safe, Not Sorry to increase water safety awareness and deter risky behaviour that could lead to drowning. Minister […]

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Weatherill Govt To Introduce New Un-capped Rebate For Film Industry

Weatherill Govt To Introduce New Un-capped Rebate For Film Industry

18 December 2017

South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill South Australia Sets Sights On Big Budget Films Victor P Taffa In what will be the largest ever boost to the South Australian film industry, the State Government is introducing a new un-capped rebate which will strengthen the State’s ability to attract large budget productions. “This is the most substantial […]

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Prospect Road Tram Depot Saved From Demolition

Prospect Road Tram Depot Saved From Demolition

18 December 2017

South Australia Minister for Sustainability Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter State Government Offers To Purchase Prospect Tram Barn To Preserve Historic Site Victor P Taffa State Government has made a $3 Million offer to purchase the State-heritage listed Prospect Tram Barn to ensure the historic values of the 1883 site are preserved.   “State Government […]

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Single Campus Model To Improve Education For Shepparton

Single Campus Model To Improve Education For Shepparton

18 December 2017

Victoria Minister for Education James Merlino Transforming Secondary Education In Shepparton Victor P Taffa Andrews Government has endorsed a recommendation to create a new 1-campus secondary school in Shepparton. “This was chosen by the community and recommended by the Advisory Committee. It’s the right option and will bring together schools, teachers, and families alike.” Minister […]

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Entire VLocity Rail Fleet To Have Mobile Phone Boosters On Board

Entire VLocity Rail Fleet To Have Mobile Phone Boosters On Board

18 December 2017

Victoria Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy Philip Dalidakis Regional Passengers Say Goodbye To Mobile Black Spots Victor P Taffa Passengers on Victoria’s 5 busiest regional rail lines are set to see major improvements in mobile coverage following the successful testing of mobile signal repeaters, which will be used in Australia for the first […]

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2 National Swimming Championship Events Head To Western Australia In 2020

2 National Swimming Championship Events Head To Western Australia In 2020

18 December 2017

Western Australia Minister for Sport and Recreation Mick Murray Western Australia Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia Western Australia Secures 2 National Swimming Championship Events In 2020 Victor P Taffa Australia’s best young swimmers coming to Perth Events expected to attract thousands of visitors  Supported by the State Government through Tourism WA and VenuesWest State Government […]

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Lotterywest Grant Goes To St. Vincent de Paul For Christmas Support

Lotterywest Grant Goes To St. Vincent de Paul For Christmas Support

18 December 2017

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan $1.4 Million Lotterywest Grant To Support Vinnies’ Emergency Relief Work Victor P Taffa Vincent de Paul Society to receive $1.4 Million Lotterywest grant State Government support of the organisation totals $17.8 Million since 1989 Almost 40,000 Western Australians will be assisted by emergency relief program Premier Mark McGowan and Lotterywest […]

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LGH Children’s Ward Tender Process Open Until 2 February 2018

LGH Children’s Ward Tender Process Open Until 2 February 2018

18 December 2017

Tasmania Minister for Health Michael Ferguson Tenders Called For LGH Children’s Ward Victor P Taffa Tender process is now open for the Launceston General Hospital children’s ward 4K, Minister for Health Michael Ferguson said. First major upgrade of the paediatric ward in more than 30 years, this $9.8 Million project is testament to our commitment […]

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RHH Redevelopment Going To Schedule

RHH Redevelopment Going To Schedule

18 December 2017

Tasmania Minister for Health Michael Ferguson RHH Redevelopment On Track Victor P Taffa $689 Million Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) Redevelopment, which is delivering a state-of-the art health facility with capacity for 250 beds and more operating and procedure areas, will finish 2017 ahead of schedule, Minister for Health Michael Ferguson said. Ground floor concrete slab […]

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Tender Released For Palmerston Police Station Construction

Tender Released For Palmerston Police Station Construction

18 December 2017

Northern Territory Acting Chief Minister Nicole Manison Palmerston Police Station Construction Tender Released Victor P Taffa Northern Territory Government is delivering on its commitment to build safe communities and create jobs, with the release of a construction tender for the new $26 Million Palmerston Police Station. Project, which was fast-tracked and brought forward as part […]

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Screen Territory 2017-18 Round 1 & 2 Grants Announced

Screen Territory 2017-18 Round 1 & 2 Grants Announced

18 December 2017

Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss Green Light On Production For Screen Territory 2017-18 Round 1 & 2 Grants Victor P Taffa Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss congratulated today the 2017 Screen Territory funding recipients from 2 funding rounds throughout the year. “Territory Government is investing $9 Million into our […]

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Victoria To Deliver An Operating Surplus Of $1.7 Billion In 2017-18

Victoria To Deliver An Operating Surplus Of $1.7 Billion In 2017-18

17 December 2017

Victoria Treasurer Tim Pallas Victoria’s Economy Powering Ahead Victor P Taffa Victorian economy is strong and growing, as confirmed in the 2017-18 Victorian Budget Update released today. “Victoria’s economy is strong, with a healthy budget surplus, a triple-A credit rating, and the strongest state final demand in the nation.” Treasurer Tim Pallas said. “Victoria is […]

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Victoria To Have Specialist Heart Hospital With Funds Pumped In By Andrews Govt

Victoria To Have Specialist Heart Hospital With Funds Pumped In By Andrews Govt

17 December 2017

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews Building The Victorian Heart Hospital Victor P Taffa Australia’s first specialist stand-alone heart hospital will become a reality with the Andrews Government investing an additional $320 Million to build the Victorian Heart Hospital. “Heart Hospital will be the jewel in the crown in our efforts to combat and treat cardiac diseases. […]

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Palaszczuk Govt Cuts Local Charity Power Bills By 40%

Palaszczuk Govt Cuts Local Charity Power Bills By 40%

17 December 2017

Queensland Minister for Energy Anthony Lynham Local Charity Plugs Into Power Cost-Cutter Victor P Taffa Local not-for-profit organisation YWAM in Townsville has the chance to cut their power bills by up to 40 % under a $16 Million Palaszczuk Government energy initiative. Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said YWAM had been selected to get free […]

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Palaszczuk Govt Cuts Council Power Bills By 40%

Palaszczuk Govt Cuts Council Power Bills By 40%

17 December 2017

Queensland Minister for Energy Anthony Lynham Council Plugs Into Palaszczuk Government Power Cost-Cutter Victor P Taffa Toowoomba Regional Council has the chance to cut its power bill by up to 40 % under a $16 Million Palaszczuk Government energy initiative. Energy Minister Dr. Anthony Lynham said council had been selected to get free independent energy […]

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Demand For Homelessness Services Up 3% On Year 2015-16

Demand For Homelessness Services Up 3% On Year 2015-16

17 December 2017

Australian Institute Of Health And Welfare One In 84 Australians Accessing Homelessness Services Victor P Taffa More Australians are accessing homelessness services, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Report, Specialist homelessness services 2016–17, shows that in 2016–17, over 288,000 clients were assisted by specialist homelessness services […]

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Bennelong Federal By-Election 2017 First Preference Count

Bennelong Federal By-Election 2017 First Preference Count

17 December 2017

Polling Day Saturday 16 December 2017 Australian Electoral Commission Bennelong Voters Have Their Say Victor P Taffa Australian Electoral Commission has released candidate First Preference Votes polled for the Bennelong Federal By-Election held on Saturday 16 December 2017. 40 of 41 Polling Places Returned Enrolment: 106,582 Turnout: 73.88% Informality: 7.45%   12 Nominated Candidates In […]

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