NSW PT PROTESTS GET SECOND WIND
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