Thursday, September 27, 2012

Councillor In Long Time Waiting - Elected Mayor Of Blacktown City Council!

Yes, you say why bring politics into public transport? Or why mention politics in relation to public transport, as to you it has no relevance?

Actual fact, against all opinions, Local Government Areas are to me, so vital in initiating future plans for public transport improvements and ensure that the future requires  meet the potential increase in future demand.

 We all know how Council can assist public trans vehicles an commuter to make life easier for the future:  the construction, maintenance cleansing and lighting of all public roads, decision process of bus routes, taxi ranks, cycle ways, bus interchanges, approval for bus stops and train stations offering loop buses for community making stronger community connections, ensure there is low-floor buses allow for easier access for all passengers having:

  1. level access through the front door instead of steps
  2. A ramp for wheelchair access
  3. Two wheelchair spaces up to 1300mm long, 800mm wide and with a loaded weight of 300 kilogram

So in saying this, local councils can have a great input into local changes and improvements to providing a better access and infrastructure with public transport for the future.

Last night Blacktown City Council Elected a Councillor that has been waiting to be elected as Mayor for over 26 years, Councillor Len Robinson (Liberal Ward 2), 8 votes to 7, while Councillor Russ Dickens, (Independent Ward 3) was elected Deputy Mayor unanimously,  15-0. All Elections of Office was proudly moved by Councillor Jacqueline Donaldson, which such pride and great diction.

After speaking last night, briefly to the new Mayor and Deputy Mayor (as part of my lobbying) I feel with the change of power  there could be progress  for the future of lead commuters into improved Public Transport Infrastructure and services, leading to more community members switching to public transport.

I was proud of the outgoing Mayor, Councillor Allan Pendleton providing his speech at what his leadership team at local government had done and what he envisages a population growth from currently 313,000 population to over 500,000 in 2026. We wish the new elected Local government well in the next 4 years as  part of the future of public transport improvements!

Councillor Jacqueline Donaldson and John Svoboda

Councillor Jacqueline Donaldson, Lester & Dianna from
Mount Druitt Commuters Improvement Group Inc.

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