Not bashing labor at all. My focus is the a potential compromise with the residents over this one?
Are you sure the residents really care about an old signal box???
The majority of them just want the level crossings removed and better cycling tracks and more open space.
I get heritage is important to keep, but these are signal boxes like there are still plenty of old ones that still exist somewhere on the network. The station building are being kept, but you know they are unique to the area.
What makes these particular signal boxes special? The one at Burke road is special since it's on a tram-train junction, and there are not many of those left. Is it really that unique and special to keep?
You could document all the history for it and then demolish it. In 50 years time, would anyone really make a fuss about it being gone?
Idk if I sound harsh about this situation, but I just don't get the sentimental value to those old signal boxes. Is it just an excuse in the news to make a headline for attention to bash the government, to me it looks like it. I don't get the big idea here?