Train group lobbies for Carr?s downfall

By ALEX EASTON

KARIN Kolbe doesn't look like a radical, but she is now at the centre of a plan to overthrow the State Government at the next election.

The Northern Trains for the Future chair yesterday warned that train groups across NSW were planning to unite in an anti-government election campaign.

The warning followed Treasurer Michael Egan saying state coffers lacked the money needed to return the Northern Rivers train.

A spokesman for Mr Egan yesterday bluntly told The Weekend Star the Treasurer would speak no further on the matter and would not clarify his statement.

That earned a rebuke from high-profile local Labor figure, Sue Dakin, who dismissed Mr Egan's claims, pointing to a Federal Government funding offer and the state's own SEPP 66 planning policy.

That metropolitan-based policy required developers to help fund public transport and could be easily applied to regional NSW, she said.

Ms Dakin also acknowledged Ms Kolbe's warning, adding such a campaign would likely be joined by the powerful independent retirees lobby group and by the Rail Tram and Bus Union.



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