Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sydney's Long Term Public Transport Plan Meetings

Public meeting details

As you are aware, an Independent Public Inquiry has been established to create the Long Term Public Transport Plan for Sydney to inform decisions by future governments on the priorities over the next 30 years.

Thank your for letting us know you would like further information on the public meetings to be held in the first round of community consultation.

The inquiry is being chaired by Mr Ron Christie, AM, who will attend most of the "town hall meetings" along with several experts assisting him during his information gathering stage. The initial round of meetings is being held before public submissions close on October 8, 2009. A Preliminary Report will be released in December, 2009 for public review. A final report will be released in Autumn, 2010.

Community discussion

Members of the public are invited to attend community meetings to share their thoughts about public transport in their area.

Each meeting will focus on the issues in the local region or strategic corridor after a brief overview of the metropolitan outlook so please choose your venue carefully to reflect your interests. The final meeting of the first round will be held in Central Sydney and will cover transport issues from the grouping of inner suburbs.

The meetings are as follows:

North-west Sydney
Tuesday, September 15, Castle Grand, Cnr Pennant & Castle Streets, Castle Hill. 6.30pm - 8.30pm. This meeting is hosted by the Hills Shire Council.

North-east Sydney
Thursday, September 17, Dee Why RSL, 932 Pittwater Road, Dee Why. 6.30pm - 8.30pm. This meeting is hosted by Warringah Council

South-east Sydney
Monday, September 21, University of NSW, Leighton Hall, Scientia Building, Anzac Parade, Kensington. 6.30pm - 8.30pm.

South-west Sydney
Tuesday, September 22, Casual Powerhouse, 1 Casula Road, Casula. 6.30pm-8.30pm. This meeting is hosted by Liverpool City Council.

Western Sydney corridor
Thursday, September 24, Riverside Theatre, Parramatta. 6.30pm-8.30pm. This meeting is hosted by Parramatta City Council.

Central Sydney
Thursday, October 1, City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney. 6.30pm-8.30pm. This meeting is hosted by City of Sydney.

In addition, two further meetings are being scheduled for Sydney's south (St George area) and Sydney's north (Chatswood/North Ryde area). Dates will be advertised once arrangements are confirmed. Alternatively, please respond to this email and type the word "south" or "north" into the subject line to receive venue details as soon as they are available. The "town hall meetings" are being presented with the assistance of local government, regional government associations and The Sydney Morning Herald.

About the inquiry

The Independent Public Inquiry has been established with the support of The Sydney Morning Herald to create a Long-term public transport Plan. The inquiry is independent of government and the newspaper.

The chair of the inquiry, Mr Ron Christie, AM, is a former chief executive of the Roads & Traffic Authority, chief executive former head of the Olympic Roads & Transport Authority, former Co-ordinator General of Rail in NSW and former Director-General of Public Works and Services.

For the inquiry terms of reference please visit www.transportpublicinquiry.com.au

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