Friday, November 27, 2009

Western Sydney Public Transport Users Comments 2009

During 2009 we have been inviting people to make comments about the changes to public transport that they would like to see that would improve the system for them.

We have collected those responses, unedited, and have published them here for you to see: Western Sydney Public Transport Users Comments 2009

Notes from WSPTU Meeting on Nov 21

WSPTU met again last Saturday November 21 at Western Sydney Community Forum.

Seven WSPTU members attended representing groups from the Hills, Liverpool, Mt Druitt and St Marys, Oatlands and North Parramatta. We had apologies from our Bankstown, Blue Mountains and Penrith reps.

Members from Ecotransit attended and we discussd how Ecotransit and WSPTU members could work together better. Thanks to Ecotransit for coming to the meeting.

Local reports featured:
- meeting at Whalan regarding the bus network changes
- the upcoming implementation of the Region 3 bus network changes in the Liverpool area
- the problem of a reduction of bus services into Miller which has 21 local doctors and other medical services
- Liverpool Council is considering putting a toilet into Bigge Park to help with the lack of a toilet at the bus interchange
- Western Sydney Community Forum (WSCF) attendance at the IPART bus fare inquiry and the Sydney Morning Herald Independent Transport Inquiry.
- WSCF discussion paper 'the Gap' describing the gap between access to community transport and the route bus system.

If you have a local group which is interested in working on local transport issues and you would like to make contact with the WSPTU please contact us because we would like to invite you to be part of our work: or phone Hugh on 02 9633 5068.


Safe Alternative Transport (SAT) for Young People

Youth Safe have released a report describing the Safe Alternative Transport (SAT) schemes that are running in New South Wales. They also provide advice and tips for people who are thinking about running a SAT scheme.

These schemes are primarily focussed on getting young people home after social events and are particularly helpful in outer metropolitan and rural areas. There are two main target groups; school-aged young people getting home from officially sanctioned events, such as a youth centre event, and over-18 year olds who are needing to get home from the city or towns after a night of socialising at licenced premisis.

A video produced by Youth Safe showed the experiences of young people, after a night, out trying to get home during the 'dead-zone' time between midnight and 5am. The video reminded us of how dangerous this can be for young people and the risks that they take to get home.

There are a number of projects that are now being supported by local 'Liquor Accord' groups. These Liquor Accord groups are usually comprised of local licenced venue operators, local police, local council and local community sector organsations.

To look at the report go here:

Friday, November 20, 2009

Super High Speed Train

Sent to us by Bill Craig here is some amazing video of a new high speed train test in France - 570klms/hr!!

Victory For Residents

Here are excerpts from an article in the Penrith Press by Nicole Hasham. Susan Day and the South Penrith Action Group are members of the WSPTU.

Susan Day of the South Penrith Action Group, which spearheaded the community campaign, said “people power” meant authorities had reversed plans to scrap four important routes.

“We held meetings and forums and lobbied hard to keep services, and they’ve listened to us - they had no choice,” Ms Day said.

“But Glenmore Park seems to have missed out and St Marys has lost services”

But Warragamba’s Lori Jeromin was left fuming after south-bound services from Penrith were slashed.

“There’s one bus at 9am and not another one until 2pm - it’s really shocking,” said Ms Jeromin.

Many older Warragamba residents had been left housebound by the changes, she said.

For the full story go to

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Next New Release Areas In the North West and South West

Planning Minister Kristina Keneally has declared the release of five new precincts in the Growth Centres.

The next five precincts are Austral (8,000 dwellings) and Leppington North (12,000 dwellings) in the South West and Box Hill (10,000 dwellings), Box Hill Industrial (employment land) and Schofields (5,000 dwellings) in the North West.

These new releases will provide land for around 35,000 new dwellings and 200 hectares of employment land. This means on completion of detailed Precinct Planning, activity in the Growth Centres will help improve the housing market and allow lot production to commence bringing land to market without delay.

For more information from the Dept of Planning website click here

Monday, November 9, 2009

Whalan Protests Loss Of The 755

Around 60 people attended the Whalan Community Hall last Saturday to tell their local NSW parliamentary representatives, Richard Amery, Alan Sheeran and Ray Williams, that they were unhappy about some of the changes to the Region 1 buses in the Mt Druitt area. The meeting was organsied by a new local action group called SOBS (Save Our Bus Services).

Like other areas in Western Sydney, it seems to be older people and people with mobility problems that can be badly effected by some of the changes in the Bus Network Review. Several people with serious medical conditions and disabilties told their stories about how they had organised their lives around knowing that they could catch the bus only to find it had now been taken away.

While some areas also celebrated the fruits of 10 years of lobbying which seems to have paid off in the Region 1 changes (Willmot was finally connected to Emerton) people in Whalan who had previously had the 755 come into their street to take them to Mt Druitt and Blacktown were now finding it too difficult to get to the new services which only run down the main roads - Woodstock, Luxford, Belmore and Popondetta - and no longer go to Blacktown.

The local MPs committed to approaching the NSW Transport and Infrastructure department to discuss the issues and to try and find ways to get services to the people who had been disadvantaged by the changes. They were unconvinced that they could get the 755 restored. That, however, was what people wanted.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

West Metro Consultation at Western Sydney Community Forum

There will be a meeting with Environmental Assessment team for the Sydney Metro Network Stage 2 (Central – Westmead) project at Western Sydney Community Forum. If you have an interest in the West Metro and want to find out more or want to express your views to the project consultant you are invited to the meeting.

Level 4, 146 Marsden Rd, Parramatta.
Wednesday, November 18, 2pm.

The venue is disability accessible and is close to Parramatta station and on the route of the Parramatta Council Loop bus.

If you would like to come please let me know before the day by emailing Hugh Worrall at or phoning 02 9633 5068.

Alternatively if you can't attend the meeting but want to get your views across to the consultant you can email, write or ring me and I will pass on your views. You can also view the consultants' details and the project information at their website .

Here are the details from the consultant:

Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) and Manidis Roberts have been employed by Sydney Metro to prepare a detailed Environmental Assessment for Stage 2 of the Sydney Metro Network.
Stage 2 (Central – Westmead) is a 24km underground metro line extending from Central to Westmead via Parramatta and the inner west.

Stage 2 stations will be located at Westmead, Parramatta, Camellia, Silverwater, Sydney Olympic Park, Strathfield, Burwood, Five Dock, Leichhardt, Camperdown and Broadway-Sydney University.

The purpose of our meeting is to gain your feedback on the Stage 2 proposal, related key issues and concerns. Your feedback will be addressed in the Environmental Assessment, which will be placed on exhibition for public comment early next year.
For your information here is a copy of the Stage 2 (Central – Westmead) Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) summary. For a full version of the PEA and more information about the proposal please visit the Sydney Metro website

I look forward to meeting you. In the meantime please feel free to contact me on 9248 9800 during business hours if you have any queries.

Yours sincerely,
Prudence Burke
Communications Coordinator
Sydney Metro Network, Stage 2
Level 9, 17 York Street,
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: 9248 9800