The Greens today called on whoever wins the March NSW election to provide transport justice for residents in growth areas around Lake Macquarie and Wallsend.
In a joint statement, the Greens candidates for Lake Macquarie and Wallsend said that adequate levels of public transport are a community right and one of the keys to a sustainable urban environment.
Howard Morrison, the Greens candidate for Lake Macquarie, condemned the Carr government for neglecting Lake residents.
“The failure to build the Glendale train station when the Glendale Supercentre opened in 1996 is a glaring example of how Lake Macquarie residents are treated when it comes to public transport.
“Glendale is the population and geographical centre of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. It is 10 minutes by link road to the National Highway. It is the most widely accepted site for a Regional Integrated Transport hub.
“The Carr government has had seven years to show that it cares about Lake Macquarie voters, but has done nothing. Trains from Lake Macquarie stations still pass within metres of the major regional shopping centre without a platform in sight.
The Greens want the Glendale station funded now as a first step in improving transport options for Lake Macquarie and Wallsend residents.
Wallsend Greens candidate Michael Osborne said, “The Greens and the voters know public transport stops at Wallsend.”
“It’s unbelievable that the State Government continues to deprive residents in new suburban growth areas such as Maryland, Fletcher and Minmi of proper public bus and rail services.”
Both Greens candidates questioned the Carr government’s infrastructure planning priorities.
“Why is the Carr government allowing the release of new housing estates before the public gets the transport system we need? “How long do residents have to wait before State transport authorities respond to these needs?” Mr. Osborne asked.
“We need integrated public transport to access services and increase job opportunities among non-drivers and particularly young people,” Mr Osborne said.
The Greens said they want the local community to have a say in fixing the transport black holes for Wallsend and Lake Macquarie voters.