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The largest Council in NSW has today questioned how serious the NSW Government is to genuinely consult with the community, on what is Australia’s biggest ever public transport project – the Sydney Metro.
Mayor Khal Asfour said the community has been given just eight weeks (until 8 November) to provide feedback on a document of almost 5,000 pages.
"The Sydney Metro Rail project is a once in a generation opportunity to get an extremely important piece of transport infrastructure right, and it’s certainly the case for people living along the Sydenham to Bankstown section," Mayor Asfour said.
"Yet, the community’s been given just 56 days to not only respond about the project itself, but also how its delivery will impact their lives for many years, if it gets the green light.
"It’s a disgrace. The Government needs to demonstrate the business case supporting any change but it looks like it simply wants to be able to it say it did consult residents. This isn’t consultation, it’s a tick and flick and If it wasn’t so serious, it would be laughable!
"Further, it is the Government’s responsibility to plan this project, ensuring everything possible is done to minimise the disruption to the lives of residents in Canterbury-Bankstown and we’re not convinced this is being done.
"I support new infrastructure for our City but, when investing billions of dollars, we expect things to be well planned and thought out for the delivery, not rushed with a ‘that will do’ approach. Only then can we genuinely see if any of this is in our best interests.
"At this point, the community is angry over the suggested time it would take to upgrade 23 road bridges and underpasses.
"Despite the ridiculous timeframe set by the Government, we will obviously lodge a very strong and detailed submission. I also urge residents to do the same and not let the Government get away with this."
1/11/2017 1:56 PM