Regional Rail Link - turning of the first sod

The pollies and media circus turned up to the north end of the future platform 15/16 at Southern Cross on Thursday August 27 to spruik the start of construction of the Regional Rail Link reject from Southern Cross to Sunshine and Werribee. No actual sod was turned, instead Victorian Premier John Brumby, Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Victorian Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky were there to slowly raise and lower a pile driver head. The crowd of minders had been there for an hour before, including a construction worker charged with making sure the pile driver was spotless.

The spiel keeps going on and on...

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A few media, and a lot of minders

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Melbourne CBD skyline in the background

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Two TV channels, and a few radio stations

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Pile driver on the way down, very slowly

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Going up...

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Brumby in the operators seat

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Pollies climb aboard the pile driver

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Media and minders look on

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Pollies put on their hard harts and hi-vis vests

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Press all set up, pile driver getting fired up

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Everyone has arrived on site

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How many political minders does it take to run a photo op?

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Pollies emerge from the subway

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Headed into the subway

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Kosky arrives from the north

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Brumby arrives to the TV cameras

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Brumby and Albanese arrive from the south end of platform 13/14

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