Speedbird, you are PARTLY correct. IF we must have this Developers Interchange, call it one of these: Wickham Terminus, Wickham-Newcastle Terminus, Wickham(Newcastle) Terminus.I know that attacking "greedy developers" gives you some solace, but try to get your facts straight.
Their is already a "Newcastle Interchange". Page 2 of this PDF: http://tinyurl.com/zd5ez3w
Dictator Baird, transport & planning ministers should realise that the GNB hasn't even given approval for the name yet.
How is the interchange the "Developers interchange"? When the NSW Government went out for community consultation on the location for the interchange and light rail route, both the Property Council and Hunter Business Chamber backed an interchange at Broadmeadow, not Wickham. When the Labor Government did a scientifi survey on Wickham Interchange, over 70% of respondents supported it. To say it is what developers asked for is factually incorrect. It has been favored by both sides of government and nearly 3/4 of the community. The PCA and HBC have been the odd ones out in NOT supporting it.
The Wickham Interchange was put forward by Professor Steffen Lehmann, then head of Architecture at Newcastle University and [color=#006fa6][size=3][font=Arial, sans-serif]UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Urban Development for Asia and the Pacific[/font][/size][/color]. He is one of the most experienced academics on the planet when it comes to sustainable design. Hardly a "greedy developer". The Wickham option was picked up by the Labor government and considerable design work was done before they were defeated in the 2011 election.
Now that that is proven to be BS, let's move to the RMS version of "Newcastle Interchange". In that case, it is nothing but a couple of signs (maybe three) at the junction of motorways 20km west of the CBD. It is not offical in any way and not a reason not to give this obvious name to what will be the interchange that is in Newcastle West and a short walk from Newcastle itself (based on postcode boundaries).
As far as "Dictator Baird" is concerned, this would apply to every single government in the world. Governments make decisions on behalf of those who elected them. You don't like one decision the current government has made, but that's democracy. In this case, they have done what over 70% of the community told the Labor Government should be done.
The problem is the government never actually does proper community consultation. There are projects like the cselr, the metro and westconnex that I am glad are going ahead but the government doesn't consult with the community. The consultation is with developers only, they never listen to anybody about these projects and while there may be some lunatic fringes that need to be ignored they also don't seem to be interested in taking advice from people with better ideas for these projects unless they are a buddy developer.
This government should roll the 2019 election but because of these communist decisions they may just lose the next election. The greyhound and council merger issues are going to be huge negatives in that election