Basil Cameron, Goonengerry
Thirty five per cent of the NSW population lives outside Sydney, yet neither party (coalition or Labor) are offering more than ten per cent of the dollars to the ‘rest of NSW’ and even less for ‘regional and rural’ areas like the North Coast according to research from the Grattan Institute into the transport ‘election promises’.
There’s recognition of the value of public transport, particularly rail, reflected in the promises made by both parties – but only in Sydney. There are no commitments for either types of infrastructure north of Sydney.
The total value of the promises are $70 billion for the coalition and $50 billion for Labor. The Grattan Institute calculates that each billion amounts to $125 ‘from every person in NSW’.
It’s scandalous that the rail line that connects our population centres remains ignored by the major parties while traffic banks up for kilometres. It’s becoming clearer by the day that emissions from transport are continuing to rise and that urgent action is required to provide sustainable alternatives before we cook in our cars.
Council is undertaking a study for reactivating the rail line that will account for the social and economic needs of our community. Which candidates at this election will back our community’s vision and be effective advocates once the election is over?