Thursday, 26 September 2013 10:56

Transport Planning must transcend politics – WSROC

Media Release 8th July 2011

Transport planning in Western Sydney is too important to become a source of political point scoring, the President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils said yesterday.


Clr Alison McLaren said the latest negotiations between the state and Federal Governments about who would fund which rail link made a mockery of the seriousness of the infrastructure shortage in the region.

“The people of Western Sydney, who spend hours of their lives each day commuting in traffic jams or waiting for limited and overcrowded train services do not care who pays for which rail link.

“The fact is, we need them all, and we needed them ten years ago.

“I am pleased that the Premier Mr O’Farrell has indicated a willingness to discuss funding options with the Federal Government and that he is prepared to put the Epping to Parramatta Rail link back on the agenda.

“However we need to remain focussed on the reasons we need these projects.

“These are not just about shoring up party electorates and providing ribbon-cutting opportunities for MPs.

“They are being built to improve the quality of life and employment options for the people of Sydney.

“Political point-scoring is not going to win the hearts and minds of Western Sydney – the Government which recognises the needs of the people and delivers on their promises will always win the vote.”


Media Inquiries Karin Bishop, Acting CEO on 0417 239 539

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