Monthly Archives: November 2011

How to Keep Our Campaign Going

Some things you can do make the GreenWay happen:

  1. Send a letter or email to the Minister and Premier. Every letter makes a difference; you can write our own letter – telling the Minister this really matters to you, you care about open space, urban bush, being active and healthy, a sustainable future for our kids and our city. We want our public money spent on real public goods like this.
  2. Join our email list to keep up to date and what you can do to help make the GreenWay a reality.
  3. Sign the petition. We need 10,000 to call for a debate in Parliament we need your help to get there. Download a petition sign, and ask 9 other people to sign then send it to Friends of the GreenWay at 63 Abergeldie Street, Dulwich Hill 2203.
  4. Send us an email of an idea of what we can all do to save the GreenWay.
  5. Spread the word to your friends and family!
  6. Join up with FoG as a volunteers – send us an emial if you can help with stalls, handing out leaflets, putting up posters, getting petitions signed
  7. Join our committee – we would love some fresh blood to take us on the next wave of the campaign. Contact us if you want to join committee.
  8. Keep an eye out for our next community action on the Greenway in the new year.

GreenWay dumped following secret light rail advice

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.

NSW Parliament

NSW Parliament

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).