We all would like to enjoy the fireworks, put our feet up, relax, sit down when we are at the event where we prepare the great display of parachuting and fireworks that bring the residents of the Council area together. Sometimes we even bump into others we know and have that catch up chat that enables us to bring that community involvement together.
Yet as we have proposed in the last couple of years, we seek Council Officers to provide and promote residents of the area to catch bus services and even maxi-cabs (for the disabled), from one of the 10 train stations that they live closest to: Mount Druitt, Doonside, Rooty Hill, Blacktown, Seven Hills, Marayong, Quakers Hills, Schofields & Riverstone.
We seem to have new developments arising in the area in the last couple of years - Bunya and Ropes Crossing and The Ponds and further future developments to come. Not inclusive of the Blacktown Council Local Environmental Plan for the future were single residential areas have been earmarked to chnage and cater for the growth of population.
Fuel costs have risen in the last many years and as there are thousands upon thousands of motorists on the road, Local Governments like Blacktown City Council can take the lead by providing free public transport (by way of buses/maxi taxis), to make the celebration day of 'Australia Day' more comfortable and easier to get too. There would be less traffic congestion on 'Rooty Hill' as buses could leave every five-ten minutes from all train stations within the area and return. A stream line of buses will be ready to take residents back to their destination at the end of the event.
Yet, for this to happen, there needs to be a great emphasis on promoting and providing extensive advertising - so that people know this is happening. That is local radio announcements, advertising in the calender events for Council and definitely front page news on every local newspaper and even letter box droppings.
I don't personally know how much Council is funding the 'Australia Day' event and really I do not want to know. Yet I would like to see if Council Budgets can be changed to bring this great free community service. The Council would be surprised how many cars will be left at home on that day!
Life would be so easy for many thousands as the word spreads.