Anderson shunts plans for West Tamworth Railway Station demolition
The Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson met with Rail Transport NSW and RailLink representatives this week to continue discussions regarding the future of the 140 year old West Tamworth Rail Station.
John Holland Country Regional Network sought permission from Tamworth Regional Council late last year to demolish the historic station, which was opened in1878.
Mr Anderson said after strong community concern, driven by the Tamworth Historical Society, Council stopped the demolition process in its tracks.
“I recently wrote to NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance earlier in the year seeking his support to retain this part of Tamworth’s rich pioneer heritage.
“I believe we need to work hard on preserving our heritage, ensuring that it can be enjoyed for generations to come.
“The stories of our past are generated from structures like this.
“The station played a critical role in providing our pioneers the opportunity of opening up the interior, creating jobs, promoting regional growth and economic development.
“There are several options for the community to get behind the process to preserve part or all of the buildings.
“Before we demolish any part of our heritage we need to explore every option of preservation even it is in part and possible relocated.
“These buildings tell the story of our history and we should aim to preserve them for generations to come.
“My first step is to talk to the Tamworth Historical Society and then continue further discussions with Tamworth regional Council and community members.
“We must ensure that historic buildings that have played a significant role in our growth and development, not be lost to future generations,” Mr Anderson said.