Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Federal MP Lobbying for State Members and constituents Lifts on Doonside and Rooty Hill Train Station - Blacktown Sun Newspaper

MP angry as state budget omits funding for railway station lifts at Doonside and Rooty Hill 

Commuters are angry that funds for the installation of lifts at Doonside and Rooty Hill railway stations have not been included in the latest state budget.
Edgewood Residents Association president Carol Israel said she set up a petition after receiving a complaint from a young mum and seeing many people with disabilities struggling up the ramp at Doonside.
She said it was very unfair for these people to suffer while there are lifts at other stations.
‘‘I also find it very hard when taking the train with luggage at Doonside train station,’’ she said.
Ms Israel, who also sought the help of federal MP for Chifley Ed Husic, will present the petition to Blacktown MP John Robertson.
Mr Husic criticised the NSW government for once again not including the funds to install lifts at Doonside and Rooty Hill stations in the 2013 budget.
 “I’m disappointed that the residents around Doonside and Rooty Hill have again been overlooked,’’ he said.
“The plans and money for the lifts were set aside in 2010/11 but the incoming NSW government cancelled their construction.
 “People have been raising with me the accessibility of these railway stations from the last federal election and I have been campaigning for them since.
 “The Coalition has had many opportunities in the last two years to correct this situation, even when the Auditor-General found funds overlooked by the NSW government.’’
Mr Husic said he would continue to press this issue until the lifts were installed.
Copies of the the Doonside and Rooty Hill lift petitions are also available from Mr Husic’s electorate office on 96254344.

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