State Parliament was told this afternoon that installing lifts at Unanderra Station is now simply about fairness.
Member for Wollongong, Paul Scully MP, used his first Private Members Statement on the floor of the Legislative Assembly and will also move a Notice of Motion this week, to challenge the State Government to deliver the lifts at Unanderra Station in the June Budget.
Mr Scully drew attention to the $25 million funding pledge he had secured during the Wollongong by-election last November which would see the commitment delivered in the first Budget of a Labor Government if elected in 2019.
He also commended the on-going advocacy of the Unanderra Access Group and the Illawarra Disability Alliance, who have been tireless in lobbying the State Government to deliver on the lifts at Unanderra Station to assist people with a disability and the elderly access public transport services.
Comments attributable to Paul Scully MP:
“I wanted the Parliament today to know that the lobbying effort to get lifts at Unanderra Station built is a key priority of mine and I will use every opportunity available to me to pressure the Government to stop playing petty politics on this issue.
“The delivery of the lifts at Unanderra Station is now simply about fairness for the local community at Unanderra, Berkeley and surrounding areas.
“The Government recently spent money to upgrade toilets at Unanderra Station but the very people who would benefit from these new facilities simply are unable to access them because they face a 72 step struggle every time.
“I will also move a Notice of Motion this week which will allow this important issue to be debated again on the floor of the Parliament.
“I hope the Government will now be convinced that the delivery of the lifts at Unanderra Station is simply about fairness for our community’s elderly and disabled people being able to access basic public transport services.”