Tuesday 18 August 2015

Inner West Train Line - NSW Parliamentary Debate

Liberal Baird Government Votes NO to More Trains for South West Sydney

Restore Inner West Line thanks Tania Mihailuk (Member for Bankstown) for moving a motion to restore the Inner West Line (Liverpool via Regents Park) train service in the NSW Parliament on 25th June 2015.

The Member for Bankstown spoke excellently and precisely explained the issues facing commuters in South West Sydney particularly in suburbs such as Sefton, Chester Hill and Villawood. This was followed by Ryan Park (Shadow Minister for Transport) emphasis on how the Baird Liberal government despite claiming to be focused on infrastructure continues to neglect South West Sydney particularly the electorate of Bankstown and Auburn regarding train services and public transport. Also speaking was Guy Zangari (Member for Fairfield) expressing the community's concerns regarding the October 2013 timetable changes.

Absent from the house was Andrew Constance (Transport Minister), leaving John Sidoti (Member for Drummoyne & Parliamentary Secretary for Transport & Roads) to present a speech without insight into the affected area and to deny any negative implications for South West Sydney arising from the timetable changes. Other government members also spoke with ignorance to the situation including the confusion of the Bankstown Line with the former Inner West Line (Liverpool via Regents Park).

Jenny Leong (Newtown Greens MP) also spoke of the Greens support for Restore Inner West Line and backed calls for the restoration of train services for Liverpool via Regents Park.

Roydon Ng, founder of the Restore Inner West Line campaign was present as the motion was put to a vote and rejected by the Liberal Baird government in another demonstration of ignorance, neglect and discrimination against South West Sydney particularly suburbs such as Berala, Regents Park, Sefton, Chester Hill, Leightonfield, Villawood, Carramar which have all lost train services due to the 2013 train timetable changes.

Restore Inner West Line would like to also acknowledge the support and involvement of Barbara Perry (former Member for Auburn) and Luke Foley (current Member for Auburn & Opposition Leader) towards this campaign.

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Transcript: http://www.restoreinnerwestline.org/2015/06/restore-inner-west-line-at-nsw-parliament.html
Video Courtesy of Office of Tania Mihailuk MP