A big day for the GreenWayJune 2nd, 2012 at 16:58
On Thursday, May 31, some 75 GreenWay supporters gathered at NSW Parliament to hear a debate between MPs sparked by the collection of some 10,000 petition signatures. Labor MPs Carmel Tebbutt (Marrickville) and Linda Burney (Canterbury), Greens MP Jamie Parker (Balmain) and Liberal MPs John Sidoti (Drummoyne) and Gladys Berejiklian (Willoughby and Transport Minister) spoke during the debate, which is now available on Hansard. Strathfield Liberal MP Charles Casuscelli was in the chamber but did not speak.
Ms Berejiklian continued to blame the former Labor government for the non-progress for the GreenWay, despite the fact the Coalition government has now been in office for 15 months. Earlier in the day, the government announced the signing of the contract for the light rail extension, without any GreenWay, in a move that was clearly designed to remove media momentum from the debate later that afternoon. The fact that the government made the announcement in this fashion, and the fact that Ms Berejiklian took the unusual step of participating in the debate and directly addressing the GreenWay supporters in the public gallery, shows the impact that the GreenWay campaign is having.
Despite the media reporting the next day indicating that the GreenWay was effectively finished, the comments from the Minister in Parliament showing that she is examining active transport options for the inner-west - along with information the Friends have heard about the government looking at a ‘White Bay to Cooks River Active Transport Corridor’ – shows that the GreenWay concept is still alive and has tremendous merit. It might also be well worth looking at the Opposition media release on the issue. We will be continuing our campaign for this very important initiative. If anyone is keen to join our committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org