Residents and community groups were out in force to call of the government to save to Epping to Chatswood rail line from being downgraded to a single deck driverless metro system which would be then ‘gifted’ to a private corporation to operate.
The crowd included people from Dural, Cherrybrook, Pennant Hills, Beecroft, Cheltenham, Epping, Marsfield, Carlingford and Macquarie Park.
The group heard from Greens’ Upper House MP, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, about the community campaign in Newcastle to stop the line being cut before it reaches the city. Dr Faruqi drew parallels between the Newcastle community’s actions and the efforts by residents and community groups in the Epping and Ryde areas to save the line from downgrade and privatisation.
Save Beecroft-Cheltenham Alliance spokesperson, Michael Bianchino, pointed out that when elected, there was no mention by the government of a sub-standard metro only service for the North West, nor was there any mention of the downgrading of the Epping-Chastwood line.
Kent Ross, President of the Beecroft-Cheltenham Civic Trust condemned the poor representation the area has had from its elected representatives, and urged people to think carefully about their vote in the March 28 state election.
Greens’ Epping state election candidate, Emma Heyde, reminded people of the 2009 opening of the line. Commuters were allowed to travel free for a period to encourage people to use the line. The response was overwhelming. The line has brought enormous prosperity and growth to the Macquarie University and Macquarie Park areas.
We will be organising actions at stations along the line, including Beecroft, Cheltenham Epping again, Macquarie University, Macquarie Park and North Ryde. Dates and times will be posted soon.
Please get in touch to join in the campaign to save our vital rail service.
For Mehreen Faruqi’s campaign click here
The Northern District Times provided some good coverage of the event
Team Ryde including our Ryde candidate Justin Alick got out and about around TG Millner Park in Marsfield last weekend doorknocking local residents to talk about our plans for a cleaner, fairer, better Ryde.
We were fortunate to be joined by one of our Greens’ Upper House candidates Justin Field. The two Justin’s formed a really great team especially as they are both country boys from rural Queensland. Justin Field is originally from rural Queensland where his family owned a small farm – compulsorily acquired by the Queensland government to make way for a shale oil project.
Justin is a former Army Intelligence Officer and has also worked as a political advisor. He has been and energetic campaigner against coal seam gas mining and instrumental in forging alliances between concerned city communities and farmers bearing the brunt of the explosion of fracking and drilling.
Keen to work with all groups and communities to work for a cleaner, fairer and greener NSW, Justin is spending time campaigning across the state where he is universally acknowledged as a highly effective campaigner and a voice for compassion and inclusion.
It was great to have Justin campaigning with us in Ryde.
Individual donations to assist the Ryde Epping Greens promote its policies and campaigns locally are most welcome. Cheques together with your full name & contact details can be posted to: Ryde Epping Greens, PO Box 1037, Epping NSW 1710. You can also donate to the Greens NSW.