Palerang Shire mayor Frank Pangello has been all over the ABC news bulletins this morning proclaiming the benefits of a railway line for commuting Defence families to use. The Canberra Times has rather more, saying the project is “on the verge of receiving NSW Department of Environment approval”.
The proposal is to extend the line to link Jerrabomberra to the Canberra and Queanbeyan stations.
The idea seems to be that there are going to be so many Defense people living in Jerrabomberra once the Headquarters Joint Operations Command is built near Bungendore and they are all going to need some way to get to and from work. Mr Pangello said he thinks rail would be preferable and economical once you factor in the skinnyness and windiness of the roads in the area.
Since Mr Pangello is so enthusiastic about the whole project, I presume this means his Shire Council would not have to pay for it — given they’ve got very little funds to be throwing around.