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Casino railway station is a heritage-listed railway station on the North Coast line in New South Wales, Australia. Opening on 22 September 1930, it serves the town of Casino in the Richmond Valley Shire. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

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Some Sydney councils have cancelled Australia Day celebrations due to COVID-19. Picture: Chris WallsSource:News Limited

Multiple Sydney councils have been accused of using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to scrap Australia Day events.

NSW has recorded 16 days in a row of no locally transmitted coronavirus cases but some councils have already said Australia Day plans won’t be going ahead due to the risk of spreading the virus.

Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool and The Hills are some of the Sydney councils that have cancelled some of their upcoming events for January 26 due to COVID-19.

This is despite the National Australia Day Council offering grants of up to $20,000 to help councils increase COVID safety measures so events can go ahead.

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Some Sydney councils have cancelled their Australia Day events due to COVID-19.Source:News Limited

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The Inner West and North Sydney councils also won’t be going ahead with some of their Australia Day events.

Liberal MP Craig Kelly has lashed out at these councils, claiming they were using COVID-19 as an excuse not to hold Australia Day events.

“This just complete nonsense. We know there are so many bureaucrats around the place that just love to cancel things and ban things,” he told 2GB’s Ben Fordham.

“We also know there are many people that actually don’t want Australia Day and are looking for an excuse to cancel it.”

Mr Kelly said NSW’s success in suppressing the virus meant there was not excuse for councils not to be holding these outdoor events.

“We’ve got to get on with life. We just can’t continue to suspend all these things. If we had coronavirus infections like they do in America maybe there would be some argument there,” he said.

“But we have had zero infections in NSW in the last 15 days and we know from past evidence that the coronavirus is a seasonal virus, infections are very low in summertime anyway.

“These are outdoor events, there is no excuse to ban them. These local councils need to be called out. It is just nonsense and petty, foggy bureaucracy.”

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Liberal MP Craig Kelly has claimed councils are using the pandemic as an excuse to cancel Australia Day celebrations. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Gary RamageSource:News Corp Australia

Cumberland City mayor Steve Christou echoed these thoughts, labelling the decisions being made by some councils as “un-Australian”.

“I think the decision taken by some councils to cancel their Australia Day events is completely unacceptable and frankly un-Australian, particularly if the events can be hosted in a COVID-safe manner,” The Sydney Morning Heraldreported him as saying.

The City of Canterbury Bankstown confirmed it had dropped some of its usual January 26 events but insisted it had “not cancelled Australia Day”.

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“We have, however, made the decision to not hold some of our usual large-scale community events, as they do not comply with the NSW Government’s health and safety guidelines, and it would be reckless of Council if the events were to proceed,” a council spokespereson told news.com.au.

“Jumping castles with hundreds of kids, unseated concert crowds and thousands of people turning up unannounced on the day just cannot happen. Council will not jeopardise and undo the great work our community has done over the past year to stop the spread of the virus.”

The council will still hold its Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony, with the officials also “investigating other ways to recognise the day”.

Liverpool City Council’s outdoor Australia Day 2021 event also won’t be going ahead but there was the possibility of a virtual celebration being held.

The Sydney Morning Herald also reported the Hills Shire Council had cancelled its Australia Day concert but an awards and citizenship ceremony would still be held.

News.com.au has contacted Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool and The Hills councils for comment.

BBQ By the Bridge in North Sydney reportedly also won’t be going ahead this year.Source:Supplied

North Sydney’s BBQ by the Bridge Australia Day event also won’t be taking place, but this is reportedly due to major Harbour Bridge works where the event is held.

This will be the second year in a row the Inner West Council won’t hold an Australia Day event on January 26 after the council voted in 2019 to scrap the celebration.

Residents were instead encouraged to attend the Aboriginal Yabun festival held that day.

“Attitudes towards 26 January are changing in the community,” Mayor Darcy Byrne said at the time.

“For Aboriginal people, the date represents the beginning of colonisation, dispossession, the removal of children and deliberate destruction of language and culture.

“A growing number of Australians want that to be respectfully acknowledged.”

Northbound view in 1987
LocationCanterbury Street, Casino
Coordinates28°51′40″S153°02′18″E / 28.861081°S 153.038215°ECoordinates: 28°51′40″S153°02′18″E / 28.861081°S 153.038215°E
Owned byTransport Asset Holding Entity
Operated byNSW TrainLink
Line(s)North Coast
Distance805.07 kilometres from Central
Platforms1
Tracks4
Construction
Structure typeGround
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeCSI
History
Opened22 September 1930
Services
Preceding stationFollowing station
KyogleNSW TrainLink North Coast LineGrafton
toward Sydney
Preceding stationFormer ServicesFollowing station
Former NSW Main line services
Nammoona
towards Brisbane
North Coast LineLeeville
Former NSW Branch line services
Old Casino
towards Murwillumbah
Murwillumbah LineTerminus
Nsw

Casino railway station is a heritage-listed railway station on the North Coast line in New South Wales, Australia. Opening on 22 September 1930, it serves the town of Casino in the Richmond Valley Shire.[1] It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.[2]

History[edit]

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The original Casino railway station (now named Old Casino railway station) opened on 19 October 1903 when the Murwillumbah line was extended from Lismore, ultimately reaching Grafton in 1905. However, when the North Coast line was extended from Kyogle to the Queensland border, it would not pass through the Old Casino railway station, as that segment of the line would become a branch line to the new mainline. So it was necessary to build a new mainline station to serve Casino. The new Casino railway station opened on 22 September 1930.[3]

The station originally was an island platform. In October 1990, the eastern platform was decommissioned, later being filled in and redeveloped as a coach stop.[4] The Murwillumbah line branches off immediately North of the station, although it has not been used since 2004, the track is still in place and a short distance at Casino is used for occasional shunting movements.

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Casino had a locomotive depot with a roundhouse until it closed on 25 July 1986.[5] It reopened in 1996 when it was leased to Northern Rivers Railroad.[6]

Platforms & services[edit]

Casino has one platform with a passing loop. Each day the station is served by a northbound XPT service to Brisbane and a southbound service to Sydney. In addition a daily XPT to/from Sydney terminates at Casino.[7]

NSW TrainLink also operate coach services from the station to Tweed Heads, Robina, Surfers Paradise and Brisbane.[7]

PlatformLineStopping patternNotes
1services to Sydney Central & Brisbane

Description[edit]

The heritage-listed complex includes a type 13 brick station building with brick platform (completed in 1930), brick refreshment rooms (completed 1930) and a standard 1915 design roundhouse (completed 1933). Structures at the station include the water column in locomotive depot yard, steel water tank with column attached, 75' turntable (completed 1933) and timber and steel 'Harmon' coal stage (completed 1956). A fibro elevated signal box (1946) was demolished in 2012.[2]

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Heritage listing[edit]

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Casino station group is an imposing and significant group of buildings in a major country location. The station building is one of the largest standard buildings and with the adjacent refreshment rooms constructed at the same time form the best surviving later period station groups in the state. The locomotive facilities are of high significance, particularly the timber coal loader, which is the last of several of these unique structures on the rail system.[2]

Casino railway station was listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999 having satisfied the following criteria.[2]

The place possesses uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of the cultural or natural history of New South Wales.

This item is assessed as historically rare. This item is assessed as scientifically rare. This item is assessed as architecturally rare. This item is assessed as socially rare.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^Casino Station NSWrail.net
  2. ^ abcde'Casino Railway Station and yard group'. New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01111. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  3. ^North Coast Line NSWrail.net
  4. ^'Signalling & Safeworking' Railway Digest December 1990 page 447
  5. ^'North Coast Report' Railway Digest October 1986 page 322
  6. ^'The Northern Rivers Railroad' Railway Digest December 1996 page 28
  7. ^ ab'North Coast timetable'. NSW Trainlink. 7 September 2019.

Attribution[edit]

This Wikipedia article was originally based on Casino Railway Station and yard group, entry number 01111 in the New South Wales State Heritage Register published by the State of New South Wales and Office of Environment and Heritage 2018 under CC-BY 4.0licence, accessed on 2 June 2018.

External links[edit]

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Media related to Casino railway station at Wikimedia Commons

  • Casino station details Transport for New South Wales
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