(Committee's Report, 23 February 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
Transport disadvantage is a serious problem that can strengthen the already large divide between rich and poor. Without access to frequent, reliable, efficient and affordable transport options, people who are disadvantaged can’t access employment or education opportunities, or health and welfare services. They are unable to participate in social activities leading to isolation and poor wellbeing.Read more
20 February 2017
The Commonwealth Auditor General’s Westconnex review found that the massive $3.5 billion provided was not properly managed against risks, with unnecessary advance payments made even when milestones were not met. Yet again our concerns that this project is being rushed, has no real business case and is clouded in secrecy. The report is HERE.
Sign the Westconnex Action Group’s online letter calling on the Premier to halt the project: www.westconnexactiongroup.org.au.
Monday 13 February 2017
Recent heatwave conditions remind us about the importance of street trees. I’ve again asked the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure to review tree removal plans through the Sydney electorate for the light rail service. There are opportunities to retain, replant and increase the number of trees and tree canopy on the light rail route. My letter is HERE.Read more
Monday 30 January 2017
While many constituents have welcomed the new route for the 389 bus service linking North Bondi to Pyrmont, it appears that longstanding problems with reliability during peak travel times have worsened since the changes. I’ve repeatedly asked the minister for action to prevent cancelled services and delays, but the only response to date has been to remove some bus stops, which may speed up buses but does not help people who have to walk further to catch buses.
If you have problems with the 389 bus, please report to the Transport Infoline (ask for a response) telephone 131 500 or online HERE.
You can also download and collect signatures on my petition for better 389 bus services HERE. I regularly submit these in Parliament to keep this on the government’s agenda.
Tuesday 24 January 2017
Older and disadvantaged people in rural and regional areas have very limited transport options, with basic tasks like shopping, banking and going to the doctor a challenge, documented by our Legislative Assembly Committee for Community Services Inquiry into transport access. I encouraged the committee to include options for pet owners without cars in rural and regional areas and our final report found significant problems, recommending more work by Transport for NSW.
The outcome should benefit pet owners across NSW – the current rules for public transport are confusing and make it hard if you don’t have private transport, see HERE.
22 November 2016
In response to my latest question about the promised upgrade of the Edgecliff Railway Station and bus interchange, the minister says that the concept design stage is finished, but detailed design won’t be done until the end of 2017, and no date is set for construction to be completed!
The proposed upgrade includes lift access, drop-off facilities and an improved bus interchange. My question is HERE.
30 August 2016
Work on the light rail project along Devonshire Street Surry Hills begins from 29 August, with a work zone between Chalmers and Elizabeth Street and changes to traffic and parking. Use other routes if you can.
Information: ALTRAC Light Rail SLRcommunity@acciona.com or general enquiries 1800 684 490 Construction Response Line 1800 775 465.
22 August 2016
The government’s May 2013 ‘Sydney's Ferry Future’ strategy identified new ferry wharves and services to Barangaroo, Glebe Point, Johnston’s Bay Pyrmont, Woolloomooloo and Elizabeth Bay. While the Barangaroo wharf is well underway, we’ve not seen progress on the other sites and I’ve been asking questions of the minister. Read my questions HERE and HERE.
Sign my petition calling on the government to fast-track new ferry wharves and services at Glebe Point, Johnston’s Bay Pyrmont, Woolloomooloo and Elizabeth Bay, HERE.
23 May 2016
The Sydney Metro Chatswood to Sydenham Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is on exhibition for community comment, with a standalone underground rail line and stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt Street and Waterloo, along with new underground platforms at Central Station. This will mean compulsory acquisition of CBD properties around the new stations and more excavation and construction in the city.
There are information sessions 4–8 pm Wednesday 25 May at the Masonic Centre 66 Goulburn Street Sydney and 10am–2 pm Saturday 4 June at Redfern Oval 51 Redfern Street, Redfern. EIS comment is due by 27 June. Details HERE.
2 May 2016
I’ve received numerous complaints from residents from Pyrmont to Paddington about unreliable bus services on the 389 route, which now travels from Bondi through the CBD to Pyrmont. Despite letters and questions to the minister, it does not appear that the service has improved. See my latest question HERE. Please download and sign my petition to help get action to improve the 389 bus service HERE.