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A transport forum will be held in Lismore on Saturday (June 4) as part of the Greens’ Transform Transport campaign for world-class transport across NSW.

The forum at the Lismore Workers Club at 2pm will discuss transport options for the region.

Speakers include Greens transport spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi, Greens senator Lee Rhiannon, and the secretary of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union NSW, Alex Claassens.

Dr Faruqi said everyone in NSW had the right to affordable and efficient public transport.

‘Unfortunately, over many years there has been a real lack of investment, and even an outright hostility to public transport on the part of the government, particularly in regional areas,’ Dr Faruqi said.

‘I’ve been travelling around the state over the past twelve months meeting with communities to discuss alternatives to the Baird government’s anti-public transport agenda. It has been abundantly clear that the transport needs of people are not aligned with the government’s agenda driven by big money and corporate interests.

‘The loss of the regional rail services in 2004 was a significant setback, but we want to talk strategically with the community about getting these services back, expanding public transport in the region through improved bus and community transport services, and considerations of road safety.

‘A positive transport future is entirely possible. It requires people coming together with optimism and energy to demand better of our government,” she said.

Senator Rhiannon said the Greens were committed to fighting for clean, rapid and reliable transport.

‘I have been travelling around NSW and visiting lots of different communities, and it is clear that investment in good public transport is a top priority for many people,’ she said.

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