Shadow Minister for Western Sydney, Greg Warren MP, said Premier Perrottet
and his NSW Government colleagues owed residents in Western and South
Western Sydney a long overdue apology.
Addressing the Legislative Assembly in the Parliament of NSW yesterday, Mr
Warren said the introduction of new tolls/taxes and the blatant discrimination
towards the region during the height of the pandemic, would not be forgotten.
“The Premier, he’s lucky he’s got a limo driver because he wouldn’t know how to
get to Western Sydney himself,” Mr Warren said.
“Scomo would be more popular at a Bastille Day dinner in Saint Germain than this
government is in West and South West Sydney.”
Mr Warren said residents in the region were still reeling from the new toll on the
old and congested M5 East Motorway and the futile pandemic support afforded to
them by the NSW Government.
Inadequate education, health, community and public transport infrastructure were
also creating a further divide between the west and the rest and fuelling that tale
on two cities narrative.
“The refusal to establish critical bus and rail links – like a line from the Western
Sydney Airport south to Macarthur – only widens that disconnect,” Mr Warren said.
“The refusal to upgrade or build emergency services and education infrastructure
such as the Oran Park Fire Station and Gregory Hills Public School, in the
electorate of Camden, have dire impacts on growing communities.
“The refusal to address the historic under-funding, under-staffing and under
resourcing of hospitals in South West Sydney – as identified by an Upper House
inquiry – is also compromising the health and welfare of hundreds of thousands of
residents in the region.
“These are the cold, hard facts that residents in Western and South Western
Sydney are forced to face every day as a result of NSW Government neglect.”