Monday, August 15, 2016

From Lester - Secretary of MDCIG Inc - Councillors Update in 2016 Election

With the coming Blacktown Council elections on September 10, seven of our current 15 Councillors are not standing for re-election.

Three veteran Councillors with nearly 30 years service are retiring from Blacktown Council. 

Alan Pendleton, ALP Ward 1, Len Robinson, Liberal Ward 2 and Charlie Lowles, ALP Ward 5, all former Mayors of Blacktown, are hanging up their shingles. We thank them for their service to Council and wish them a happy retirement.

Edmond Atalla, ALP Ward 4, a former Deputy Mayor, is stepping down due to his role as the Member for Mount Druitt.

Three  of the younger generation of Councillors are moving to different roles outside Council.

Mark Holmes, Liberal Ward 2, Karlo Siljeg, Liberal Ward 3 and Isabelle White, Liberal Ward 4 are not standing for re-election. Mark and Karlo are stepping down for family reasons and are seeking new careers in the business world.  

Isabelle has been accepted at the prestigious La Sorbonne University in Paris, France and is moving overseas to study. We wish her all the very best with her new adventure. We thank these Councillors for their service.

Deputy Mayor Jacqueline Donaldson, Independent Ward 5, is moving to Ward 4. She is the lead candidate in the Group D ticket in Ward 4. We wish her all the best in her campaign. Group Member Peter Kerr is standing as an Independent in the Group D ticket in Ward 4. We wish him all the best in his campaign.

Monday, November 24, 2014

NSW Waratah Train Guard Went Over And Beyong His Job!

From Lester Pasley:

It finally happened this morning.  The Guard of Waratah Set A71 warned passengers about the step down between the Waratah doors and the train platforms on my train to work this morning.  He is the first Guard to do so.  Other Guards just advise about the gap between platforms.  I've had this guard before on other services.  He has a North American accent.  At each of the stops my train made, he warned passengers about the step down as well as the gap between platforms.  He also gave passengers options for changing to other train services at each of the interchange stations.
This guard is a credit to Sydney Trains and I've written a letter to the CEO of Sydney Trains praising the Guard for his customer service.

Regards

Lester Pasley
Secretary
Mount Druitt Commuters Improvement Group Inc
T: 0403 478 257
E: mountdruitt_cig@hotmail.com
W: http://mountdruittcommuters.blogspot.com

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tribute To Ron Mulock - Fomer State Deputy Leader & Member For Penrith!

On behalf of Lester Pasley, Secretary of Mount Druitt Commuters Improvement Group Inc. here is a tribute to Ron Mulock, former NSW Deputy Leader and Member for Penrith:

Ron Mulock, the former Deputy Premier and Transport Minister, passed away last week.  Diana and I had the privilege of knowing him personally as fellow parishioners of St Nicholas of Myra in Penrith.  Ron and his wife Desley sat in the pew across from us at the Sunday evening mass. 

We later worked with Ron in the Sydney Alliance.  Diana looked up to him as a kindly uncle and he offered Diana some wise advice when she had to make a speech at the Transport forum in the Joan Sutherland Centre in 2011.  He reviewed her speech and edited it down to 2 minutes keeping it short and simple as all the speakers were restricted to 2 minutes.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Public Transport Update June - July 2014 By Lester Pasley

Check out  the new link from the new Secretary, of the Mount Druitt Commuters Improvement Group Inc, Lester Pasley:

Click Here
 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

NEW Inter-City Trains - May Not Stop At Mount Druitt!

What's happening in our state
 
$2.8 BILLION INVESTMENT IN NEW INTERCITY TRAINS

The NSW Government will invest $2.8 billion in a new state-of-the-art fleet of intercity trains, giving long-distance customers a more comfortable ride and for the first time making trains air-conditioned.

Around 65 new intercity trains, including about 520 brand new carriages, will carry passengers to the Central Coast, Newcastle, the Blue Mountains, and the Illawarra. Sydney customers will also benefit from this significant investment, as the new trains will stop at many busy Sydney interchanges such as Central and Strathfield.

In addition, the Oscar intercity fleet - currently operating to outer metropolitan areas – will be reallocated to Sydney suburban services, meaning every train across the State will be air-conditioned. 
 

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