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Cross-country railway.

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Friday 19 August 1910, The Sydney Morning Herald

Mr. A. Hooke, of Tia, writes our Wingham correspondent, amongst others, is just now evincing a keen interest in a suggested railway line to connect southern New England with Port Stephens. In connection with the proposal, he has prepared the following figures :- Glen Innes to Grafton, 115 miles, estimated cost £1,812,903; Glen Innes to Grafton, 128 miles, estimated cost £1,715,058; Guyra to Grafton, 156 miles, estimated cost £1,726,677; Armidale to Kempsey, Trial Bay, 167 miles, Wollun to Woodside, 80 miles, Wollun to Woodside, via Upper Tia, 95 miles.

It may be granted that any railway from Woollun to Woodside or Wingham will go past a certain point on the watershed of the Tia, Yarrowitch, Manning streams, and approximately at the head of the Swampy Creek. This is the junction of two routes brought forward, but the direct route is 15 miles shorter. There is little difference between the two in value to the district, as they are only about ten miles apart at the widest part.

Three or four industries loom very prominently on the horizon of the future in connection with a line from Wollun to Woodside. All along the line from Walcha to Cells Creek potatoes can be produced to perfection, and the absence of diseases in cold climates would ensure the success of such crops. Thousands of tons could be grown, as the soil is suitable all along the route. Oats also prove prolific, and Manitoba wheat grows well-as also do field crops, such as turnips, mangels, beet, etc. The main range, at the head of Swampy Creek, is over 4000ft high and exceedingly rich, and apples can be grown there in a manner that defies competition. The timber industry is also right on the spot – the belt is about 20 miles long, and the route runs through the middle of it. Hardwoods abound on the north side, and softwoods, cedar, beech, etc, on the south.

At the present time, from a mill situated 50 miles from Walcha-road, 20 teams are carrying constantly, and ten times the quantity could be sold if it could be taken away. If it pays to get timber under such conditions, it only goes to show the genuine demand that exists for it, and with rail carriage the public would get the benefit, and a very large trade must result. The Forestry Commission two years ago assessed the value of this timber at £8,500,000, which is a very fair reason for asking better transport to market than at present exists. There is more money in timber if this railway is constructed than has been dreamed of in the past; but men who cannot get on the land have to look on at those golden opportunities rotting away, because a policy of extreme economy has guided the work of railway construction in the past. If Port Stephens is made a port for shipment of timber, coal, and wool, as is suggested, the whole of the New England wool could be put on board there, saving 150 miles of extra rail carriage to Sydney.

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Branch line to North Coast railway

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Tuesday 9 August 1910, The Sydney Morning Herald

RAILWAY REQUIREMENTS:

WALCHA, Monday.

Local people are convinced that a new route
for a branch line to the North Coast railway
can be found from the great northern line
through Walcha, and thus save the expense of
duplicating the G.N. line. A party is in readi-
ness to explore the best route, and a certifi-
cated surveyor has been asked for to accom-
pany the party.

A representative meeting of district resi-
dents took place on Saturday to consider a
new proposal for the Walcha railway, viz.,
from Wollun, on the Great Northern line, to
Woodside, on the North Coast line. Mr. W.
Fletcher presided. Mr. A. Hooke, of Tia River
station, who is conversant with the whole of
the country proposed to travel over, spoke.
The speaker pointed out that the proposed
Glen Innes to Grafton railway was 115 miles,
and estimated cost £1,812,903; the second
route was 128 miles, cost £1,715,058; Guyra
to Grafton, 156 miles, estimated cost
£1,726,677; Armidale to Kempsey (Trial Bay).
167 miles; Wollun to Woodside, 80 miles; or
Wollun to Woodside, via Upper Tia, 95 miles.
It was pointed out that Mr. Holman, deputy
leader of the Opposition, had promised his
support to the new route; and in response to
a letter from Armidale asking for co-oper-
ation in the proposed line to Coffs Harbour,
it was decided to reply that the meeting con-
sidered the Wollun to Woodside proposal the
best yet brought forward.

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News from Wollun

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Monday 10 December 1906, The Sydney Morning Herald

FOUND DEAD IN THE BUSH.

WALCHA, Saturday.

Percy Haviside was found dead in the bush
near Wollun with a gun at his side. He
was a married man.

Wednesday 26 October 1910, The Sydney Morning Herald

DECENTRLISATION.

WALCHA, Tuesday.

The Decentralisation Commission is expected  
to take evidence here on November 8. Mr. F.
P. Brown, surveyor, is now taking the levels  
of the proposed railway route, Wollun to
Woodside.

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