> On 11 Sep 2023, at 22:11, TP historyworks@...> wrote:
> Brisbane is the only city-run operation in Australia.
Brisbane is the only capital with a single city-wide council.
Newcastle also has a city-wide council and wanted to take over the state government run trams and buses, and retain and modernise the trams, after WW2, but the state government knocked them back.
Earlier the council lobbied hard for the Newcastle tramway to be electrified, partly achieved in 1923. Otherwise it would have most likely suffered the same fate as the Maitland and Broken Hill tramways, which closed in 1926 along with Arncliffe-Bexley and the remnant government line at Parramatta.