LABOR COMMITS TO DOONSIDE UPGRADE LUKE FOLEY SAYS: WE WILL FUND IT

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A Foley Labor government will prioritise the upgrade of Doonside station to help disabled and elderly users and parents with prams.

Labor Leader Luke Foley and Labor’s candidate for Blacktown Stephen Bali announced today that unlike the Liberals - who have put the station to the back of the queue for years - Labor will end years of waiting for residents.

“Doonside has waited long enough,” said Mr. Foley. “I don’t want to see them wait any longer and they won’t have to under a government I lead.”

Labor’s candidate Mr Bali said he would ensure that lifts, wheelchair access, accessible toilets and car spaces would all be delivered under a Labor government, if elected in March 2019.

“I am proud to put my name to a pledge to deliver for Doonside. This is long overdue. The Liberal government has consistently promised but never delivered; Labor will,” said Mr Bali, Blacktown’s Mayor who is standing as Labor’s candidate in the forthcoming state by-election on Saturday October 14.

Doonside has been consistently overlooked for funding by the Liberal Government in its six years in office. Despite strong lobbying by locals and Labor the station hasn’t made it onto the list of projects that will receive funding to improve accessibility. 

Other stations with less patronage, such as Harris Park, Narwee and Panania, have been upgraded.

Doonside station:

  • Does not have any lifts, wheelchair accessible toilets or wheelchair accessible car spaces
  • Many elderly and disabled commuters are avoiding Doonside station altogether. Some commuters are instead taking buses or taxis to Blacktown station or Mount Druitt station as they believe the steep ramps at Doonside are too dangerous; 
  • The Berejiklian Government has failed to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 which requires all train stations to be accessible by the end of 2022; 
  • Funding this upgrade will ensure that compliance with the Act is adhered to and better access is provided to commuters who use Doonside station; 
  • Over 4,700 people use Doonside station each weekday; 
  • 6.4 per cent of Doonside’s population live with a disability and 840 residents reported needing help with a disability; 
  • There are over 1,949 elderly residents (over 60 years of age) in Doonside;
  • A large proportion of parents push their children in prams with 7.2 per cent of residents under the age of five; 
  • School students and their parents: Doonside Public School is 210 metres or a three-minute walk away.  St John Vianney’s Primary, Mountain View Adventist College, Doonside Technology High and Crawford Public School are within a 2km radius of Doonside station

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“Over $20 million has been spent on the Tomorrow’s Sydney advertising campaign. Nearly $10 million was spent across the network between 2012 and 2014 on new orange signage as part of the Sydney Trains rebranding.

“This money could have been spent on projects that actually help the community - like the Doonside station upgrade.

“If elected, a Labor government will fund the Doonside Station upgrade. That is our clear commitment.”

Quotes attributable to NSW Labor candidate for Blacktown Stephen Bali

“Even though commuters are in desperate need of lifts at Doonside station, the Berejiklian Government has instead chosen to reprioritise funding for station upgrades in Liberal seats.

“For instance Edgecliff station in the electorate of Vaucluse received lift funding ahead of Doonside station.

In the most recent state budget Edgecliff station received over $9 million of funding for upgrades.”