NSW Premier Mike Baird has stepped in to make sure the Newcastle railway station cafe’s Christmas wish comes true.
On Friday, the Newcastle Herald reported that the government wanted the kiosk closed on Christmas Eve, two days before the planned Boxing Day shutdown of the station.
Alex Hudson, who has operated the kiosk for 27 years, was furious he would be forced to pack up before his two busiest trading days of the year.
But after reading the Herald story, Mr Baird intervened on Friday evening.
‘‘It’s unacceptable and I will make sure that Mr Hudson can trade until Boxing Day,’’ he said.
A thrilled Mr Hudson said the news was ‘‘just perfect’’ and he was chuffed his story had made it ‘‘all the way to the top’’.
‘‘It’s great news, it means I won’t have to put off staff before Christmas,’’ he said.
‘‘I would like to thank Mr Baird. Thanks for being reasonable, thanks for being a man.’’
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