Wednesday, 25 May 2016 17:22

Federal Election 2016: Transport

Train conductor waves white flag while train pulls out from platform. Train conductor waves white flag while train pulls out from platform.

Western Sydney’s rapid growth has forced transport and infrastructure planning onto the state and federal agenda and into the public domain.

The last 12 months has been an infrastructure bonanza with the Western Sydney Airport, Sydney Metro, Western Sydney Light Rail and the WestConnex attracting significant funds.

While many of these projects will be managed at the state level, the Prime Minister’s Smart Cities policy has brought big picture planning issues to the federal level. 

In its February report, Australian Infrastructure Plan: Priorities and reforms for our nation’s future, Infrastructure Australia identified access to transport, especially public transport as a critical economic and social equity considerations for the outer suburbs of Australia’s cities.

As highlighted by Prime Minister Turnbull, at the Western Sydney Out There Summit, roads are not enough. Operational railway lines, with stations, are what’s needed to attract commercial enterprise, service local economies and build local employment opportunities in the region.

Investment in a range of transport options is crucial, but even more important is where these investments are made. 

Western Sydney needs more connections with Western Sydney, along its north south axis, making it easier for our residents to get around.

If transport is not addressed, a region that should be booming will be stifled by congestion.


Articles from Western Sydney councils:

Liverpool City Champion - Badgerys Creek airport plan uncertain says WSROC (Published 7 June, 2016)

Sydney Morning Herald - How was your nightmare commute this morning? (Published 7 June, 2016)

The Australian - Badgerys Creek 'needs to be more than just an airport' (Published 3 June, 2016)

Mt Druitt – St Marys Standard: Can you really live within 30 minutes of work, rest and play? (Published 11 May, 2016)

Sydney Morning Herald – Budget proposes rise then drop in funding for roads (Published 10 May, 2016)

Fairfield Advance - Councils back plan for rail along T-way between Liverpool and Parramatta (Published 5 May, 2016)

Western Weekender - You can almost hear the train coming (Published 5 May, 2016)

Penrith Press – Commitment to Western Sydney airport link, no word on north-south connection (Published 4 May, 2016)


WSROC media releases:

West demands a plan for Badgerys (Published 6 June, 2016)

Western leaders gather for regional transport forum (Published 6 June, 2016)

WSROC welcomes federal recognition of Badgerys flight impact  (Published 6 May, 2016)

Infrastructure plan touts connectivity but short on rail  (Published 11 March, 2016)

Airport link must galvanise the West  (Published 7 March, 2016)

Fast airport link needs more consideration  (Published 10 February, 2016)

Hubs must be supported by rail  (Published 9 February, 2016)

Opal card changes will encourage driving; WSROC  (Published 1 February, 2016)

WSROC votes for airport equality  (Published 16 December, 2015)

WSROC welcomes light links for second CBD  (Published 8 December, 2015)

Badgerys EIS fails government's own guidelines  (Published 7 December, 2015)

WSROC seeks review of Sydney toll inequity  (Published 4 December, 2015)

Badgerys EIS gaps must be addressed  (Published 26 November, 2015)

Transport corridor critical to Sydney’s economy  (Published 16 November, 2015)

Badgerys Creek must be more than just an airport  (Published 15 April, 2014)

WSROC welcomes holistic approach to West (Published 20 June, 2016)


Further information:

WSU Centre for Western Sydney: Addressing Western Sydney’s jobs slide (Published 7 April, 2016)

Parramatta City Council votes to fund airport feasibility study (Published 17 September, 2015)

Western Sydney councils: Peer review of Western Sydney Airport draft EIS – Part A (Published November, 2015)

Western Sydney councils: Peer review of Western Sydney Airport draft EIS – Part B (Published November, 2015)

Penrith City Council submission on the South West Rail Link Corridor Extension (Published, 2014)

WESTIR: Who works where and how do they get there? (2011 Census data)



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