NSW PT PROTESTS GET SEC­OND WIND

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FOL­LOW­ING THE FE­BRU­ARY FIXNSWTRANSPORT protest rally in the Syd­ney CBD, the next stage of re­lated pub­lic dis­plays against re­cent changes to the NSW toll roads, train and bus ser­vices are set for Satur­day April 14 and Sun­day May 6, ac­cord­ing to or­gan­is­ers.

Ac­tioned in re­sponse to per­ceived prob­lem­atic and in­cor­rect changes to key sec­tions of the NSW pub­lic trans­port sys­tem, as well as an al­leged mis­use of pub­lic funds for projects like the multi-bil­lion-dol­lar WestCon­nex, the protest events are see­ing many union groups and an­gry res­i­dents af­fected by such Gov­ern­ment moves unit­ing to il­lus­trate their cause, spokes­peo­ple say.

Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to ABC, for­mer in­de­pen­dent can­di­date for the In­ner West Coun­cil, Le­ich­hardt Ward, and now cur­rent spokesper­son for trans­port-ac­tivist or­gan­i­sa­tion NoWPT, John Lozano says ‘enough is enough’ and that these protests will con­tinue and grow in size un­til big changes are made to fix the State’s trans­port sys­tem be­fore bil­lions more dol­lars are wasted on flawed ideas.

“The FIXNSWTRANSPORT rally was or­gan­ised as a way for our com­mu­nity to voice their deep con­cerns over the ag­gres­sive pri­vati­sa­tion agenda of the NSW gov­ern­ment,” Lozano ex­plained.

“Whilst the Gov­ern­ment sings its praises on com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion and en­gage­ment, noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth. That rally and, the more that will fol­low, is the only way left for the com­mu­nity to be heard. Our mes­sage is loud and uni­fied: ‘Not Happy, Gla­dys!’ [in ref­er­ence to NSW Pre­mier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian MP].

At the time of print, the Rage Against WestCon­nex rally was to be held at King Ge­orge Park, Rozelle, in Syd­ney on April 14.

The May Day Rally and Fam­ily Fun Day – a Pub­lic Ser­vice As­so­ci­a­tion of NSW and Unions NSW event – was sched­uled for 6 May at Hyde Park North, Syd­ney.

“... protests will con­tinue and grow in size un­til big changes are made.”

Above: The as­sem­bled FixNSWTransport protest crowd last Fe­bru­ary

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