The Baird Government has spent more than half a million dollars on actors for Transport NSW – at the same time it is dumping night security guards at 11 of Sydney’s busiest stations.

As revealed by the NSW Opposition during a budget estimates hearing today, Transport NSW awarded Roleplay Australia with a contract worth $506,000 in July this year for actor services. 

Transport Minister Andrew Constance refused to outline what role-play or services the actors would be providing. 

The Baird Government has form when it comes to splashing cash on cringe-worthy advertising stunts, having recently forked out for a brass band and swing dancers to accompany Transport Minister Andrew Constance to a press conference. 

This recent clown college budget comes on top of $7 million already spent on Transport NSW’s farcical ‘Opal Man’ – best remembered as the creepy life-sized foam Opal card photobombing commuters’ selfies. 

At the same time, the Government has dumped night security guards from 11 of Sydney’s busiest stations – including Redfern, Hurstville, Hornsby, Ashfield, Cabramatta, Blacktown and Macarthur. 

Last year, the NRMA’s Seeing Red on Rail survey of 12,000 commuters indicated personal security was the number one issue for rail commuters. 

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Ryan Park 

“It’s a sick joke that the Baird Government is spending half a million dollars on a Transport NSW clown college while at the same time ripping night security guards from 11 of Sydney’s busiest stations.” 

“Commuters don’t think there’s anything funny or entertaining about having to foot a $506,000 bill for actor services for the transport department.” 

“This government needs to get its priorities straight – and that starts with listening to commuters who tell us time and time again they feel unsafe on our rail network.”