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Sat.19.2.11 Metro Twitter
Flinders St: still with a lane closed for tunnel works? [reopened by July]
Buses replace trains North Melbourne - Upfield until t he last train of Sun 20 Mar (maintenance works).
Buses replace trains Ringwood - Belgrave until the last train of Sun 20 Mar (works).
Buses replace trains Dandenong - Pakenham until  the last train of Mon 21 Mar (works).
19.23 Lilydale/Belgrave/Alamein/Glen Waverley lines: Major delays (a track fault near Burnley).  Trains may be held/altered.
- 21.29 Clearing quickly.
22.52 Pakenham/Cranbourne/Frankston/Sandringham lines: Minor delays (police attending to trespassers near South Yarra). Trains may be held/altered.
- 22.54 clearing

Gallery: Sydney celebrates as Harbour Bridge turns 90.  March 19, 2022
Celebrations take place across the city to mark the 90th anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which opened on March 19, 1932.
1. Dancers perform a 1930s style of swing dance during celebrations for the Sydney Harbour Bridge's 90th birthday on Saturday.CREDIT:BIANCA DE MARCHI
2. inside a replica of a vintage tram.CREDIT:BIANCA DE MARCHI
3. Members of the public take photographs onboard a Leyland Titan OPD 2/1 2033 vintage bus from 1948.CREDIT:BIANCA DE MARCHI
4. Vintage cars on show during celebrations the bridge's 90th birthday celebrations.CREDIT:BIANCA DE MARCHI
5. children play games from the 30s. CREDIT:BIANCA DE MARCHI
6. Members of the public take a trip onboard a ferry from 1974.CREDIT:BIANCA DE MARCHI
7. Historical photographs take the public back to the beginning of the Sydney's Harbour Bridge era.CREDIT:BIANCA DE MARCHI
8. Children take part in games played in the 1930s.CREDIT:BIANCA DE MARCHI
9. Vintage cars cross the bridge to mark its 90th birthday.CREDIT:BIANCA DE MARCHI
10. A Leyland Titan TD4 1579 vintage bus from 1934 (left) and a Leyland Titan OPD 2/1 2033 vintage bus from 1948.CREDIT:BIANCA DE MARCHI
11. A 'Red Rattler' train at Milson's Point, including a carriage that made the first trip across the bridge in 1932.CREDIT:BIANCA DE MARCHI
12.  Philip Bradfield, the grandson of the Harbour Bridge's chief engineer, rides across the bridge.CREDIT:BIANCA DE MARCHI

AGL gets green light for big battery at Liddell coal site. Nick Toscano March 18, 2022

Sat.19.3.22 Melbourne 'Herald Sun'.  Metro security.  SARAH PERILLO
A NEW trial running across Melboume’s rail network will aim to reduce the number of trackside trespassers as train passengers return to the city.
Metro Trains has installed new camera and laser technology at several sites, including Melbourne Central and Richmond stations, and at level crossings in Brighton and Yarraville.
The laser and camera equipment monitors station platforms and detects when people cross the yellow line or enter the rail pit, putting themselves in danger.
At level crossings, the system is activated when trains are approaching and detects when people ignore gates, signals and bells and attempt to walk on the tracks.
The new equipment will not be used to identify people but will collect information that can be used to improve passenger safety.
Last year, there were more than 3000 incidents of trespassing on the network.
The laser and camera trial will run until April 30.

Sat.19.3.22 Melbourne 'Herald Sun'.  Letters:
* Poor track record. We attended the Melbourne v Bulldogs match on Wednesday.
There was no parking at MCG.  As we drive 2 1/2 hours, we find it convenient to park there. So we parked in the city.
We heard on the radio public transport was the best way. Wrong! Somebody forgot to order the trams.
There were few trams and they were packed door to door.
Surely if anticipating a large crowd of 50,000—plus, extra trams would be put on. It was the same going back into the city after the game.
On the platform the PTV officer told us he could not tell us when a tram would arrive. Surely there should be trams lined up waiting to take the crowds away. The finish time is known (or thereabouts).

Sat.19.3.22 Melbourne 'Herald Sun'.  Smaller Australia.  James Campbell.
THE number of temporary workers in Australia is rising quicker than expected, but migration will take years to return to pre-pandemic levels.
In an interview with Herald Sun before the budget, to be delivered on March 29, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg also said the government expected the movement from the country’s capital cities to regions to be a permanent change that would need investment.
Mr Frydenberg said the aim of the budget was to respond to the immediate challenges — “cost of living, Covid, our flood response” — while investing in “skills, infrastructure, regions manufacturing, the digital economy and energy”.
There would also be “significant investments in national security” as well as a big improvement in the budget bottom line on the back of surging commodity prices.
Since the last budget update in December the government has encouraged student and working Holiday Maker visa holders to return to Australia.
“This will see an earlier return in temporary workers in the near term to help address current workforce shortages caused by Covid-19,” Mr Frydenberg said, though net migration remained well below historical levels.
“This will mean that one of the enduring economic effects of Covid-19 is likely to be a smaller overall population with 1.5 million fewer people after 10 years than expected prior to the pandemic,” he said.
Mr Frydenberg accepted Covid had changed the economy permanently.
“I think you’re going to see a lot faster digital adoption across the economy: we’re really seeing that with telehealth, Zoom meetings, people working from home and shopping online,” he said.
“What this budget will seek to do is strengthen our economy, post-Covid, with our economic plan, which puts a real focus on regions, so telecommunications, infrastructure, transport infrastructure, health infrastructure, a real focus on digital adoption and adaptation.”
Mr Frydenberg said that did not mean CBDs were finished.
“Cities have a bright future but I just think more people will live and work in our regions,” he said.
The events in Ukraine only underlined the importance of domestic manufacturing that had already been highlighted by Covid.
“There’s going to be much greater emphasis now on sovereign manufacturing capability, particularly after what’s happened in Ukraine, and we were really already on that path,” Mr Frydenberg said.

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