Member for Wollongong Paul Scully has wasted no time in trying to fill the Premier’s schedule for an anticipated visit to Wollongong in the near future.
The Wollongong MP has written to the Premier requesting a meeting on behalf of the Unanderra Access Group and disability advocates regarding the need for the Government to provide funding for the installation of lifts at Unanderra Station.
Mr Scully’s letter outlines the history of the Unanderra Station lifts issue suggesting the Premier would be familiar with it as she was the Minister for Transport who indicated it was “distressing to see anyone in the community struggle to access public transport” following the release of video footage showing elderly woman and disabled man negotiating the steep steps at the station.
He also noted the Premier’s own Inaugural Speech in May 2003 referenced how unacceptable it was that there was no access “from the platform up to the station” for the “elderly and disabled” at Chatswood Station within her Willoughby electorate.
Mr Scully’s letter to the Premier is attached.
Comments attributable to Paul Scully MP:
“I would always welcome a visit to my electorate by the Premier.
“But it shouldn’t just be a visit for staged photographs and media opportunities.
“The Premier should be prepared to meet with real people who have real problems they want the Government to help solve.
“One issue the Premier is more than familiar with is the issue of installing lifts to allow ease of access to Unanderra Station especially for the elderly and disabled.
“She was the Transport Minister that redirected funding from Unanderra Station towards other projects.
“The Premier has previously said it was “distressing” to see people struggle to “access public transport.”
“The Premier can right this wrong on her anticipated visit to Wollongong by meeting with representatives of the Unanderra Access Group and other disability advocates who have campaigned for a long time to install these lifts.”