public transport

18 petitions

Started 1 month ago

Petition to Barnaby Joyce, Andrew Constance, Gladys Berejiklian

Reinstate Passenger Rail Services on the Tottenham Branch Line

Sydney is becoming overcrowded and many families are now struggling to afford their first homes or even afford to commute across the city these days. Sydney is rapidly becoming unlivable,  unaffordable and quite frankly no longer a nice place to live. Decentralisation is the answer to many of the problems being faced in overcrowded cities like Sydney. However, before people will consider moving out west, they need to be reassured that the infrastructure they will need to commute to jobs is already in place. Passenger services on the Tottenham Branch Line were shut down back in the 1970's and when that happened, all the towns along its route suffered terribly. People moved away in droves, businesses closed and basic services were shut down one after the other. Towns like Tullamore, Albert, Tottenham, Bogan Gate and Trundle all became close to becoming 'Ghost Towns' and each of those communities can now only boast populations of a few hundred people. But it doesn't need to be that way. There is a light at the end of the tunnel for all  these towns, in the form of the Inland Rail Line which will soon be linking Parkes with both Melbourne and Brisbane. The Tottenham Branch Line also connects with  Parkes. There are new cobalt, nickel and scandium mines opening at Fifield, (near Tullamore) and there will soon be a need for better transport options to get miners and ancillary workers to and from their places of work. And once these mines are in full production, there will no doubt be even more jobs available in places like Parkes for new tech-mineral related industries, such as Li-ion battery and electric car production. If the Tottenham Branch Line passenger services were to re-open, it would breathe new life into all the towns along the Bogan Way. New homes would spring up, more businesses would open and people would be able to commute to and from Parkes for work. And the Central West would become a viable option for many first home buyers in Sydney.  By reinstating just one passenger rail service, which offered a daily commute for people living in the Central West, an entire region in western NSW would start to boom again. It really is that simple to get the Central West back on track.   (Pictured: 1974 - the end of the line at Tottenham showing the old railway station and goods depot which have since been demolished.)          

Sarina Sharp
112 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Darren Chester MP, Anthony Albanese MP, Andrew Constance MP, Jodi McKay MP, Thomas George MP

Save the tracks now or the Casino to Murwillumbah Railway line will be lost forever.

Our roads are so bad. There's too many trucks and too many road accidents. Traffic congestion is growing fast as tourists pour into our region and our population is constantly increasing. Carbon emissions from transport are growing and are currently 18% of our emissions. Trains could cut that by 60%. We need to let State and Federal governments know we want trains on the Casino to Murwillumbah track as soon as possible. The last thing we need right now is to lose our railway track and rail trail legislation in any section of the line would mean losing the current protection of the whole rail corridor. Tumbarumba rail land has now become crown lands following the recent rail trail legislation and the State government can do what they like with it. The North Coast of NSW has a high proportion of elderly, people on benefits, indigenous people and students. Many are unable to drive or afford a car. The lack of public transport causes suffering to the most vulnerable groups in our community. We need rail services on the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line because of the urgent issue of climate change. Mass transport and rail are the most efficient and safe means of travel. The disastrous effects of climate change can be seen in the March 2017 flood in Lismore. All across the world nations are turning to rail as the most equitable and sustainable mode of transport.

Beth Shelley
1,768 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Gladys Berejiklian, Stuart Ayres, Rob Stokes, Brad Hazzard, Anthony Roberts, Luke Foley, Anthony Albanese, Tanya Plibersek

Safeguard the Health, Safety & Well-being of all Children at Rozelle Public School

Objection to WestConnex M4-M5 Link I write to express my strong objection to the WestConnex M4-M5 Link motorway concept design. I object to this design as it: - Proposes 3 to 4 years of 24/7 construction of a tunnel entrance/exit on Victoria Road approximately 200m from Rozelle Public School and Preschool (the School).- Proposes two unfiltered tunnel exhaust ventilation stacks; one 200m North West of and at a lower elevation to the School in line with prevailing winds, and the other 600m South of the School, also in a secondary prevailing wind direction, which will shower unfiltered emissions and toxic particular matter down on our children while at school, as they walk to and from the School, as they play at the School and in their own back yards and at local parks, and while they sleep in their beds which will lead to adverse health effects on our children due to the unfiltered exhaust emissions.- Proposes buildings adjacent to or nearby the School being demolished for construction sites, leading to more dust and noise pollution, and unsafe demolition methods being used as evidenced at other WestConnex sites which poses a serious risk to our children’s safety. I am opposed to construction for the following reasons:- Construction within 500m of the School between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday will result in adverse health, safety, educational, developmental and well-being effects on children due to its proximity and during exactly the entire time that our children are present on School grounds.- Construction noise and vibration from trucks and tunnelling for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a period of months or years which will;     - Adversely affect our children’s opportunities to learn and play during these times;     - Adversely affect those of our children in Preschool to adequately rest during nap-times;    - Further exacerbate and potentially endanger those of our children afflicted by pre-existing respiratory conditions;    - Be deleterious to learning outcomes for those of our children suffering learning disabilities.- Construction is likely to result in the disturbance of lead and other soil pollutants known to be present in the soil throughout Rozelle which will be dispersed throughout the surrounding area, including the School. - Construction will have an adverse impact on our children’s sleep, leading to impaired cognitive processing and compromised learningwill adversely affect the children living to the North West of the construction site, in the area between Victoria Road, Springside Street and Byrnes Street as the road closures will isolate them and make it impossible for them to walk to school.- To use all or part of King George Park and Oval as a construction site due to its proximity to the School and the use of this site will;     - Impede the children’s ability to participate in the School cross country carnival or the athletics carnival which are normally held at King George Oval, and pose a safety risk when the children walk to and from the School and the Oval to attend the carnivals     - Be detrimental to the health of the children participating in the School swimming carnival which is normally held at Drummoyne Swim Centre due to the proximity of exercising close to the construction site.     - Be detrimental to the general health and well-being of the children who use this park, playground and oval as their only means of recreation, as Rozelle is already severely lacking in safe open spaces for children to play in. I am opposed to the ventilation shafts for the following reasons:      - They will increase car emissions, which are already responsible for the high levels of lead polluting the air at Rozelle, and the increased traffic volumes due to the tunnel will result in increased exhaust emissions and toxic particulates from both the tunnel entrance and the unfiltered exhaust stacks;     - They will increase the concentration of air pollution at the tunnel entrance, given that the Iron Cove Bridge and Victoria Road in Drummoyne are already at capacity, which will lead to stop/start and slow moving traffic at the entrance; I am opposed to the tunnel at the Iron Cove Bridge for the following reasons:     - The tunnel will increase the road safety hazards to our children when walking and cycling to school during construction due to the volume of heavy construction vehicles as evidenced at other existing WestConnex construction, in particular along Victoria Road, Darling Street, Wellington Street, Terry Street and all side streets adjacent to these roads and within 200m of the School;     - SMC offers no traffic plans for children to safely walk and cycle to School after construction, particularly near tunnel entrances;     - SMC Offers no traffic plans or contingencies to prevent rat runs and increased traffic volumes in residential streets in the catchment area by drivers seeking to avoid tolls;     - SMC provides no assurances that current pedestrian crossings across Victoria Road between Toelle Street and Terrey Street, Moodie Street and Terry Street are preserved, or safe and convenient alternatives are found both during and after construction;     - SMC provides no assurances that current bus routes and stops on Victoria Road are preserved, or alternative safe and convenient routes and stops are instated both during and after construction;     - SMC provides no assurances that current cycle paths on Victoria Road are preserved, or alternative safe and convenient cycle paths are instated both during and after construction;     SMC does not provide adequate information to provide more detailed feedback and objections, and without any consultation with us and our community, we must object to the current very vague and potentially disastrous proposals being put forward by SMC. 

Rozelle Concerned Parents
1,520 supporters