2009 - Year of the Freight Line: Casula, hang in there
1) The organisation, passion and persistence of the folk in Birkdale Crescent (and surrounds) needs to be commended. They have grabbed an issue that affects them by the horns and done something about it. Their energy has not waivered, their spirit has not wained. It is amazing what momentum can be built when people put there heads and hearts together.
2) Western Sydney residents are misrepresented by their Councils and State/Federal Governments. It appears particular parties have their own agenda and unless you are a 'powerbroker' like Tripodi, Robertson etc etc then your powers are next to useless.
3) There is a serious lack of either communication or commonsense within Government. For instance, the Federal Government is carrying on about their stimulus package and the benefits it will have to infrastructure. They spend $553 Million (although I hear it is more now) on Consultants to work out what they should splurge on, but they seem to turn a blind eye to the people that they are supposed to represent. The people of Casula need Noise Barriers and in the scheme of things these would hardly cost anything at all compared to the amount the Government is prepared to spend overall. Building sound barriers would also create jobs, inject cash into manufacturers and builders alike. However, the Premier's Office feels that John Robertson should have a new refurbished office. I didn't realise that you needed to have 'Moron' and 'Heartless' printed on your resume to get a gig in politics.
A meeting has recently been held where it was announced that the ARTC would not put the barriers up as the Department of Environment and Climate Change deemed that the noise from the trains wasn't going to overly increase when the new freight line is constructed, even though the current noise levels exceed the current limits.
I ask the public to support the residents in Casula in their cause to get Sound Barriers. Down the track, they'll probably pay your support back ten-fold.
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