The Friends of the GreenWay have called for greater NSW Government transparency after it was revealed the GreenWay project was scrapped following secret light rail company advice.
During the NSW Upper House budget estimates session on 25th October, Cate Faehrmann MP asked about the source of cost estimates quoted by the Minister for Transport when funding for the GreenWay was scrapped.
Department of Transport Deputy Director-General Chris Lock replied:
“The light rail is a private-sector project… that contract, which has been in place for many years now, gives the private sector the right to continue with any further light rail extensions.”
“The department went to the private sector — Metro Transit Sydney — and asked for a price for developing the whole of what is now called the inner west extension.”
Friends of the GreenWay spokesperson Jud Agius said the revelation raised many questions about government decisions made about the GreenWay.
“The entire process would be assisted by the costings and the light rail company’s advice being made public – the government should support this because of its election platform to promote transparency,” Jud said.
“Furthemore, the light rail company and government should make it clear whether they support the GreenWay and whether they see it as competition to, or complementary to, its operation.”
“If the government can’t release the advice because it comes from a private company, then why is it relying on this advice to make public policy decisions?”
Read the media release. The transcript of the estimates committe hearing is available here (starting on page eight).