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Bold vision for Sydney’s future


Release Date: 11/06/2014

The Sydney Business Chamber says the commitment of Premier Mike Baird to turn the proceeds from the proposed sale of "electricity poles and wires‟ into transport infrastructure is a visionary step for our city.
 
“The business community has long argued for the recycling of Government assets such as poles and wires, and in turn using that money to fund infrastructure that can provide years of benefit to our city,” said Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber.
 
“Any commuter knows the problems faced each day with getting in and out of the city – and the plans for new stations as well as a second Harbour crossing shows the Premier is aware of the need for more efficient passenger movement across Sydney.
 
“It was particularly pleasing to see the Government take the initiative and confront these issues head on, rather than as the Premier said „kick it down the road and let someone else deal with it‟.
 
“One of the great challenges for any modern city, and indeed the business community, is getting employees to and from their places of work each day, and the fact remains the majority of commuters are travelling to and from the CBD, so there will be great gains in productivity.
 
“A secondary crossing for the Harbour will free up space on existing services while at the same time ensuring Chatswood station does not become a bottleneck.
 
“Of course large infrastructure projects have the extra benefit of creating jobs, especially for younger workers through apprenticeships.
 
“What we have from the Premier is a clear blueprint for how he sees our city working into the future, and now it‟s time for the Opposition to detail their plan.
 
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466



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