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Petition to Stephen Mullighan MP, Jay Weatherill

Save Tonsley Station! Save our access to public transport.

The Flinders Link railway extension will remove Tonsley Railway Station permanently, adversely affecting the residents of Mitchell Park and Tonsley, particularly those with disabilities. For many wheelchair users, the train service is the ONLY ACCESSIBLE MODE of independent, affordable, public transport (as buses are inaccessible to many). If you remove Tonsley station, you remove people’s independence by taking away the option of public transport altogether.  PLEASE POSTPONE THE FLINDERS LINK PROJECT UNTIL THERE IS FUNDING TO KEEP TONSLEY RAILWAY STATION IN ITS CURRENT POSITION AND PROPERLY INTEGRATE FLINDERS LINK WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. Removal of Tonsley station discriminates against local residents, especially wheelchair users and people with disabilities, short stature or frail health (of which Mitchell Park has a significant number) because the train is their only affordable access to independent travel.  Flinders Link is essentially 'UN-linking' the local community by withdrawing access to the train service. Access to the Tonsley train line is essential for Mitchell Park and Tonsley residents to access employment, education, healthcare, local services and the wider community. ACCESS TO TONSLEY RAIL LINE IS ESSENTIAL FOR EQUITY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. The next station, Clovelly Park (902 m away) is not accessible to all because it does not meet disability access standards and is too far away for many people due to mobility and/or safety concerns. There are no plans to renovate Clovelly Park station to make it fully accessible. (Clovelly Park station is adjacent to the Tonsley Innovation Precinct at Alawoona Ave.) Many pedestrians can not even get to that station due to dangerous and/or unsealed footpaths. When Flinders Link is complete, the new replacement station will be over 520 metres away, uphill, at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC), Bedford Park.  Many pedestrians cannot walk or wheel that distance, especially when it is an uphill journey all the way.  The distance between Clovelly Park and FMC stations will be approximately 1.54 km. Keeping Tonsley station will remove more cars from the roads, reducing air pollution and traffic congestion in the Mitchell Park, Tonsley and Bedford Park’s ‘Flinders’ precincts and reducing parking problems at Flinders University & Medical Centre and other local railway stations like Oaklands Park and Woodlands Park. The SA Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) says that the Flinders Link project will cause an incline at the location of Tonsley Station due to a bridge/rail overpass over neighbouring Sturt Road. Why can't there be a section of level track at this section to accommodate Tonsley Station? Why can't we have a replacement Tonsley station as close as possible to the overpass? If the State Government of SA can build elevated railway stations at Port Adelaide, elevated tram stops at Glandore and elevate freeways across the suburbs, I cannot see how the creation of elevated stations along the Tonsley rail line is beyond the realms of physics! The proposed community engagement by the DPTI will have no influence on the engineering of the rail extension or its design.  The community engagement is to discuss pathways and landscaping around the Flinders Link project. ABOUT THE TONSLEY & MITCHELL PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD Other people in the neighbourhood use the Tonsley Station to access the local community by travelling from one end of the suburb to the other to access local schools, community and social clubs and neighbourhood centre. The local kindergarten and Suneden School use the Tonsley Station regularly to access community resources.  Mitchell Park and Tonsley have a large amount of public / social housing and people who are elderly or living with disabilities.  This community is already disadvantaged and values the opportunities that access to the train service brings.  There are also many new residents - students and health workers - who have moved in to be closer to Flinders University, UniSA & Flinders Medical Centre. There is the potential for the local community housing organisation to increase the number of dwellings for affordable housing in the area.  Recent changes to the local council's planning zones will allow multi-storey developments along the Tonsley rail line. It seems ludicrous to take away a station from an area which is predicted to expand in population and demand for rail services. Tonsley Station is an important link to Sturt Road for services, schools and businesses; e.g. Sturt Police Station, Sunrise Christian School and an important transport link to Blackwood, Sturt, Seacombe Gardens, Marion Medical Centre and Marion Shopping Centre. Many Sturt Road buses do not stop at Flinders Medical Centre. WHY AM I PETITIONING? WHO AM I? PLEASE HELP!  I am a wheelchair user who lives close to Tonsley Station. My family and I use it regularly to access education and work.I travel to Flinders Medical Centre for treatment multiple times per week. It would have made sense to be able to catch the train from Tonsley Station to the proposed new one at Flinders Medical Centre but without Tonsley Station, not only would I not have that option, but I would no longer be able to travel elsewhere independently like other adults do.  Access taxis are expensive and often unavailable when needed.  IF I LOSE MY STATION, I LOSE MY INDEPENDENCE! FURTHER INFORMATION Removal of Tonsley Station was confirmed by the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, "Flinders Link" web page in June 2017: have printed copies of this document updated on 3 June 2017 and again on 20 September 2017. It states:"Project Description: …Removal of the existing Tonsley Station and construction of a new station adjacent to the Flinders Medical Centre;"On 30 November 2017, this document's Timetable stated:"Construction is expected to commence in late 2017 and to be completed by early - mid 2019." In August 2016 I downloaded a PDF of the Flinders_Link_concept_design2.pdf downloaded from the SA Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI). There is a label pointing to the rail line where Tonsley station is located. The label says "Existing Tonsley Station (review of station access)" This means that there will be a review of the access to the elevated walkway at this location but when I speak to people about it, many people interpreted that label as including Tonsley station in the Flinders Link design.The concept design can be found here: Previously, DPTI had published animations of the proposed Flinders Link project. Each one omitted Tonsley Station from the animation. When I contacted the DPTI to find out the status of Tonsley station, I was continually told "Nothing is finalised", "It's under review" and was promised to be contacted when there was an answer. The only news I received about the project was via the media or my own research. Animations can be found at the DPTI YouTube channel:25 October 2016: Flinders Link Project – Concept Animation 2017: upgraded version of the ‘fly-through’ animation now has a long circular ramp next to Sturt Road. This was not part of the concept animation in 2016. McLauchlan, Cathryn, "All systems go for Link work", CoastCity Weekly newspaper, Messenger Press, 17 May 2017:  “…the existing Tonsley train station will be removed, and a new station built next to Flinders Medical Centre.” This journalist's source was the aforementioned "Flinders Link" web page of the Federal Dept of Infrastructure and Regional Development. This article was the first news I received that Tonsley station was confirmed for removal. It sparked follow-up letters to the editor: Clutterham, Helen, "Railway extension", published letter to the Editor, CoastCity Weekly newspaper, Messenger Press, 24 May 2017: “As a senior citizen, I have loved being a seven-minute walk from the Tonsley station. Please don’t remove it. If it must be removed, then perhaps move the Clovelly Park station across Alawoona closer to where to Tonsley station is.” By Helen Clutterham, Mitchell Park. Buck, Matthew, Shortsighted rail plan, published letter to the Editor, CoastCity Weekly newspaper, Messenger Press, 31 May 2017: “The removal of Tonsley Railway Station as part of the Flinders Link seems a little shortsighted, as it will leave a distance of more than two kilometres between Clovelly Park Station and the new Flinders Station. “Those who previously used the ‘park and ride’ facilities at Tonsley will now be faced with a longer commute. “Those who walk will now have to cross two major roads (Sturt and Main South Roads) to access the new station. “Services will also be restricted due to the only passing loop being between Tonsley Junction and Celtic Avenue. “There is a real danger in not planning for the inevitable future growth of rail patronage...". By Matthew Buck of Clarence Gardens   7 June 2017: I emailed the Mayor of Marion, Kris Hanna with copies to Ward Councillors Luke Hutchinson and Raelene Telfer and received no response except to see a Letter to the Editor in the Messenger Press:Hanna, Kris, "Rail link debate", published letter to the Editor, CoastCity Weekly newspaper, Messenger Press, 14 June 2017: “… the current Tonsley Station on Sturt Rd has to go, because the elevation of the track has to start a long way back to get up the hill. “Marion Council is talking to the State Government about relocation and upgrading of the current Clovelly Park and Mitchell Park train stations so that they cater for the northern and southern ends of the Tonsley site where 900 new dwellings are expected to be built. “The community should be consulted about station locations as details become clearer …” by Kris Hanna, Mayor of Marion 17 October 2017 The Public Works Committee Paper 343, entitled "Final Report. Flinders Link Project - Extension of Tonsley Rail Line to Flinders Medical Centre" was tabled in the South Australian House of Assembly and endorsed by the Presiding Officer Ms Leesa Vlahos MP.Document Location: states:“The Tonsley station needs to be removed due to the new elevated track. However DPTI is undertaking a review to determine if the current railway stations need to be relocated. The relocation of a station is not currently part of this project.” I identified a possible inaccuracy in this report and am concerned that there may be either members of the Public Works Committee or officers of the DPTI that are interpreting "Tonsley Station" as the station adjacent to the Tonsley Innovation Precinct and Flinders Tonsley Campus. It concerns me that there may be people making decisions about this project who are confusing The current Tonsley station (adjacent to Sturt Rd at the end of the line) with Clovelly Park station which currently serves the Tonsley Innovation Precinct. The reason I question the accuracy is that the distance quoted in the Public Works Committee Paper between "Tonsley railway station and the proposed FMC/Bedford Park railway station is, in fact the distance between the current Clovelly Park station and Bedford Park (Google Maps). “The nearest train station to the Flinders Precinct is Tonsley, which is located approximately 1.5 km from the centre of the Bedford Park campus." (Page 4. Public Works Committee Paper 343, 17 Oct 2017) This leads me to believe that Clovelly Park station will remain in its current location and will be renamed 'Tonsley' when the existing Tonsley Station near Sturt Rd is removed, despite local politicians suggesting that Clovelly Park station may be relocated further south, closer to the location of the current Tonsley station.This report says "Train services on the Tonsley passenger  line have historically experienced low patronage," but fails to provide the reason which has historically been a lack of weekend, early morning and evening services. Currently: the first weekday service to Tonsley leaves the city at 6:42 a.m. arriving at Tonsley at 7:04 a.m. the first weekday service to the city leaves Tonsley at 7:09 a.m. arriving at the city at 7:32 a.m. the last weekday service to Tonsley leaves the city at 6:42 p.m. arriving at Tonsley at 7:04 p.m. the last weekday service to the city leaves Tonsley at 7:09 p.m. arriving at the city at 7:32 p.m. Compare the Seaford line which runs trains from Seaford between 5:21 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.  and runs trains from the city between 5:30 a.m. and midnight. Local residents who would prefer to use Tonsley station and have the means, are forced to drive to other stations on the Seaford line such as Oaklands, Marion, Ascot Park and Woodlands Park.  Oaklands Park and Woodlands Park are most popular because all trains stop at these stations providing a service that is more frequent and reliable than Tonsley.  Commuters that need to work late or attend later appointments and functions in the city (and elsewhere) cannot rely on the Tonsley train to be available as late as necessary to get them home safely.This was reflected in the Darlington Upgrade Project Community Liaison Group Meeting Minutes of 24 September 2015 which can be found here:"DPTI advised that ... Woodlands Park to the City accounts for 70% of the total patronage on the Tonsley Line. Essentially, if more people used the Tonsley line additional services would be added. ... A group member stated that it is like a horse and cart scenario–you need the horse before you got the cart. If DPTI increased services people would probably use it more–especially on weekends. DPTI advised that the statistics show that carriages can currently be running empty or with two or three people on them."My personal observations are that the Tonsley line is not 'running empty' during morning or afternoon peak times.  It is no surprise that patronage drops in the middle of the day because people who start work late, often finish late and the Tonsley train service does not cater for that need.  The DPTI has known about this since at least 2015. Residents have been requesting extended and  weekend services for decades. All Darlington Upgrade Project Community Liaison Group Meeting Minutes can be found here: 18 Oct 2017 ABC Radio News reported:The 650 metre extension of the Tonsley rail line to Flinders University has been given the green light from State Parliament's Public Works Committee. The 85-million dollar project involves construction of a rail bridge across Sturt Road and South Road. The existing Tonsley station will be removed with a new one built at the end of the extended line, providing easier access to Flinders Medical Centre For those of us who rely on Tonsley station, the loss of it will definitely not provide easier access to anywhere! State Member for Elder, Annabel Digance MP967 South Road, Melrose Park SA 5039Ph: (08) 8374 1939Web: Federal Member for Boothby, Nicolle Flint MPLevel 1, 724 Marion Road, Marion SA 5043Ph: (08) 8374 0511 Email: nicolleflint.comFacebook: NicolleFlintLiberal Kelly Vincent MLC, Dignity PartyParliament House, Adelaide SA 5000Ph: (08) 8237 9543Email: Media Advisor James Pratt kellyvincentmlc.comFacebook: Darlington Upgrade ProjectPh: 1300 759 334Email: City of MarionPh: (08) 8375 6600Email: WardCr Raelene TelferPh: (08) 7420 6508Email: Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002Australian Government Federal Register of Legislation For more information please email

Jodie Pearce
590 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to The Honourable Raymond Williams NSW Minister for Disability Services

Unable to move and alone for 16hrs/day. The Government says I am too OLD for more support.

My name is Loredana. I am 68 years old. I have 2 adult children. I live alone in my own home. I was a Language Teacher for over 35 years. I have a great sense of humour, I love life, music, food, good conversation and meeting people. I also have a Progressive form of Multiple Sclerosis for which there is no cure or treatment. I can no longer walk, I cannot use my hands and I am totally reliant on paid carers for all my physical support needs. My carers wash me, feed me, move me from my bed to my wheelchair and back again. My carers change and empty my stoma and catheter bags. I also have assistance with housework, shopping and attending to my mail. I have no movement below my neck. I use my mouth to tilt my wheelchair and to make and receive phone calls.Multiple Sclerosis can affect almost all body functions depending on where the lesions take hold. As a result of my MS, I am extremely sensitive to the cold and heat, become easily fatigued and suffer from spasms and pain that are minimally relieved by medication. I receive 8hrs support per day, paid for by the State government. THIS IS NOT ENOUGH TO MEET MY BASIC NEEDS.I have been informed my funding package will not be reviewed, (despite evidence from a government sponsored assessment that it is inadequate), as I receive the “maximum amount” allowable. I cannot access the NDIS (individualised funding for people with disability) because the Federal government changed the Law to be able to discriminate against people over 65 with life-long disability and deny them access to the NDIS. I do not want to move into a Nursing Home and I would actually be worse off, with a significant reduction in the amount of 1:1 support I would be able to receive. Nursing Homes are not set up to meet the needs of someone like me. I want to keep living in my own home with a reasonable amount of support to meet my needs. I am asking that the Minister for Disability intervene on my behalf to increase my current funding package above the "capped amount". I am asking that my specific situation be considered in determining the support package I am entitled too rather than it be solely a financial decision. With additional support, I would be able to go out for medical appointments, shopping and social activities – THIS IS NOT CURRENTLY POSSIBLE.I would also be able to access some overnight support which I currently don’t have. If I have a spasm in the middle of the night I am unable to shift my weight to alleviate the affected limb. I must wait until my first carer arrives at 7.30am. Multiple Sclerosis can affect anyone, it does not discriminate. Multiple Sclerosis has trapped me in my body and the Government has trapped me in my home by setting a dollar amount on what my life is worth. PLEASE help me and sign my petition asking The Minister Ray Williams to intervene on my behalf for more adequate funding. THANKYOU!

Katharina Feltl
26,674 supporters
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Petition to The Hon. Mark McGowan MLA, The Hon. Stephen Dawson MP, The Hon. Christian Porter MP, The Hon. Peter Collier MLC, The Hon. Alanna Clohesy MLC, The Hon. Samantha Rowe MLC, The Hon. Matthew Swinbourn MLC, The Hon. Donna Faragher MLC, The Hon. Timothy Clifford MLC, The Hon. Charles Smith MLC, Mayor Dan Bull, Councillor Lorna Clarke, Councillor Giorgia Johnson, Gerri Clay, Christa Riegler

Stop the closure of WA’s toy library for children with special needs

Please help to prevent the closure of Noah’s Ark WA – the state’s only specialist toy and resource library. Noah’s Ark WA has been supporting children and young adults with disabilities and developmental delays since 1975. Its resources and equipment, together with its professional and experienced staff, make an important contribution in helping young people with disabilities to develop new skills. Over 200 families and 70 organisations currently access this unique service. The Independent Living Centre WA has announced that Noah’s Ark WA will close by 21 December 2017. This closure will deny WA families of children with special needs access to over 5000 specialist resources. These include: Electronic switches and switch adapted toys - these enable children with limited physical skills to operate stimulating and novel toys Voice output switches – which serve as communication aids to children with limited verbal skills Themed play boxes - created by Occupational Therapists to facilitate particular developmental skills (e.g. fine motor, self-help, visual perception) Story bags – created by Speech Pathologists to encourage language and literacy skills Professional support from experienced practitioners Special needs consultancy service to schools, playgroups and community groups Noah’s Ark WA is more than just a toy library. Professional support and developmental resources are the crux of this unique service. Noah's Ark makes a valuable contribution to Early Intervention services for children with disabilities in WA. We must fight to ensure this important service continues to operate. Please sign and share this Petition and play your part in preventing the closure of Noah’s Ark WA. Read more: Closure announcement: Noah's Ark WA service to close The West Australian: Noah’s Ark toy library in Morley to close doors after 42 years Photo credit: © WEST AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPERS LIMITED

Caroline Moffat
8,943 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian

Don't Silence Us - People with intellectual disability have a right to be heard

My name is Fiona. I have an Intellectual Disability. I have learnt to speak up for people like me with the help and support of the Council for Intellectual Disability (CID). Now the Premier wants to shut down the Council for Intellectual Disability’s important disability advocacy work. I speak to doctors, nurses, trainees, teachers, councillors, members of parliament and ministers about what needs to change to make lives for people with intellectual disability safer, fairer and better. Did you know, for example, that people with intellectual disability die 26 years earlier than what we’re meant to because we are misdiagnosed? This is because the people who are meant to help us often don’t understand what we are talking about. CID takes on important issues for its members like health, transport, education, employment, inclusion and abuse of people with disability. CID is also helping us get a foot in the door without being judged about what we can and can’t do. It is asking everyone to look at the whole person. As my friend Robert says, “Labels are for jars, not for people.” Cutting Advocacy funding means we will lose our voice and our independence. It means going backwards instead of forwards. We want to move forwards, we don’t want to go back to the dark ages. So please don’t let the Premier silence us. People with an intellectual disability have a right to be heard. Please sign this petition now and share widely. Thank you, Fiona (First female CID Chairperson with intellectual disability) Please check out our website for more information and other ways to take action.

NSW Council for Intellectual Disability
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