Promises specific to our region
NOTE: It is startling to note that no candidate has a list of policies on their website, but there are plenty of motherhood statements. As a result, at this stage, the actual policies for our local area below have been taken from news stories or specific policies sent to Council Reporter. Here's hoping that will change over the next few weeks.
No excuse for not getting these done
- Increase police numbers in Camden: Liberal and Labor candidates have called for more police on the beat in Camden LGA. (Camden Advertiser, January 31).
- An additional 700 car parking spaces for Edmondson Park Station: Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced $40 million will be invested to deliver up to 700 additional commuter car spaces at the station by mid-2020. Labor has also promised to improve parking at Edmondson Park, pledging to match the Liberals promise. (Wollondilly Advertiser, January 4).
Individual candidate/party policies
SALLY QUINNELL - Labor
- Review overdevelopment: The Labor party will direct the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) to revise unfair housing supply targets across the city, including in Camden and Campbelltown. (Camden Advertiser, January 16, 2019).
- Multi-story car park at Campbelltown Station: It's not in our area but lots of local residents commute via this station. Labor has promised 450 new spaces after the Liberal Party reneged on the same promise made at the 2015 election. (Camden Advertiser, November 23, 2018).
- Additional 300 car parking spaces at Leppington Station: This comes with a caveat. Half of the money comes from the Federal Government, so this can only occur if Labor wins the Federal election. (Rail Express, November 19)
- Scrapping SW Metro Upgrade: The Labor Party will reprioritise public transport spending, which means the upgrade of the Sydenham to Bankstown line will not go ahead. The Liberal Party claims this means rail bottlenecks are likely remain on the southwest lines through Granville and the airport preventing in the future an additional 120 trains to be added to these lines during peak hours. (Sydney Morning Herald, February 2).
- Promise to add Camden town centre to the State Heritage Register: "If I am privileged enough to be elected Camden's state member of parliament, I will loudly and proudly keep up the fight to protect Camden's heritage" (Camden Advertiser, February 20).
- Extend Liz Kernohan Drive: (Macarthur Advertiser, October 23, 2017)
- New permanent classrooms at Oran Park Public School to be fast-tracked: Shadow Education Minister, Jihad Dib, has confirmed that he would ensure the new classrooms are fast tracked as much as is possible. (Facebook post on Camden Council Watch, February 21).
- Accelerate construction of second primary school proposed for Catherine Fields: "We are very troubled by the timeline for the new primary school in Catherine Fields, which has spent over 18 months in the design phase. The rate of progress on this project has been incredibly slow – a direct contrast to the speed of urbanisation in the region." (Facebook post on Camden Council Watch, February 21).
- Build north-south railway line connecting Macarthur and out to Leppington. (Facebook Post, March 11. Macarthur Chronicle).
Broad policy platforms
- Put in place infrastructure before development. (Macarthur Advertiser, October 23, 2017).
- Promises to fight to retain the "essence of Camden. (Macarthur Advertiser, October 23, 2017)
- Supports a north-south line that runs to Macarthur. “There’s no benefit to this area having an airport that sill takes us as long to drive to as Mascot. We need to be able to get to that airport, we need to have passenger rail service to there but also connected so it helps our local commuters.’’ (South West Voice, June 19, 2018)
Peter Sidgreaves - Liberal
- State government promises to clear school maintenance backlog in Macarthur by 2020: "The state government would invest a further $449 million to clear the backlog by July 2020. (Camden Advertiser, February 12).
- Additional 350 car parking spaces at Leppington Station. (Facebook announcement, Tuesday February 19). "Thanks to Premier Gladys Berejiklian today for announcing $9 million will be invested to deliver at least 350 additional car spaces for commuters at Leppington train station... Unlike Labor’s additional 300 parking spaces which is conditional that Labor be elected to both federal and state Government."
- Extend Liz Kernohan Drive: (District Reporter, Friday, February 15).
- Construct stage 1 of Spring Farm Parkway to open up for a new Menangle Housing Estate. This was promised in the 2015 election and has been promised again but with changes and a considerably reduced route. Eventually it is planned to link Spring Farm, Menangle and the Hume Highway. (The Macarthur Chronicle, February 27).
- New bus routes for Camden: As part of an additional 14,000 bus services for NSW, specific details were released for Camden. "A new route between Austral and Carnes Hill will be delivered, alongside benefits to existing routes including the 840 route from Oran Park to Campbelltown via Gregory Hills, the 841 route from Narellan to Leppington and the 896 route from Oran Park to Campbelltown via Narellan." (Camden Advertiser, March 7).
- Build north south train line from St Marys to Badgerys Creek Airport by 2026. The promise is to build a rail link between St Marys and Badgerys Creek so it is ready when the airport opens in 2026. There is no indication in this announcement that the line will continue down and connect to Oran Park or extend to Macarthur at this stage, suggesting a delay in the planned rail loop for Sydney. (Sydney Morning Herald, March 10).
- Extend rail line from Badgerys Creek airport to Macarthur. This is one of four promises for the rail network, although there are questions around where the money will come from. (Sydney Morning Herald, March)
Broad policy platforms
- Supports a train line to Narellan: (District Reporter, Friday, February 15).
- Supports more development in Camden LGA particularly in the north of the seat around Badgerys Creek Airport. (District Reporter, Friday, February 15)
- Supports area from Cobbitty to Camden as maintaining its rural identity. (District Reporter, Friday, February 15)
- Promises to fight for more infrastructure, increases in services, aged care, education, health and transport. (District Reporter, Friday, February 15)
Andrew Simpson - Independent
Broad policy platforms
- Emergency Services: New emergency services buildings and staff to be provided for ambulance, fire, police and a new local public hospital with appropriate accident and emergency facilities
- Public Transport: Efficient and effective public transport including at least one immediate new train station with parking and express buses running from local hubs to key areas
- More Schools: More local public schools, not just bigger ones, to be delivered concurrently with new estates and population growth, and better post school educational opportunities for all
- Better Planning: Transparency, integrity and true community involvement in planning at local and state level.
- Water & Flooding: Appropriate water management to guarantee our critical drinking water supply and greater consideration to flooding and waste water planning
- Local Economy: A diverse local economy, with growth in strategic parts of the Electorate in agribusiness, emerging technologies, education, health and retail.
- Heritage & Tourism: Protection and promotion of our unique living history and rural heritage, with strong commercial, hospitality, rural and tourism opportunities.
Karen Stewart - Greens
- $20 million upgrade to Camden Hospital and palliative care for Camden and Campbelltown. (Karen Stewart blog).This investment will improve and expand the Camden Hospital emergency department, provide increased staffing, and increase the community home palliative care program to include assisted dying for patients who wish to seek assistance from their medical practitioners to die safely and with dignity at home."
Broad policy platforms
- Increase domestic violence services: "While people might be aware of what domestic violence looks like, there are so many contributing factors we need to look at like poker machines, addiction, mortgage stresses, household bills and more.” (Camden Advertiser, February 20).
- Reduce development of dense suburbs without tree canopies. "There is no reason to build so many houses on small blocks with black roofs and no tree canopy."
- Maintain Camdens heritage (Karen Stewart's website).
- Particular environmental issues of focus include: air quality; biodiversity; bush fire risk management; coal and coal seam gas; energy; national parks and wilderness; water management; sustainable agricultural; waste elimination. (Karen Stewart's website).