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Fairy Meadow transport forum

A SUSTAINABLE transport workshop will be held in the Illawarra in an effort to ensure a wide range of views from the district can be fed into the NSW Government’s Transport Masterplan process.

Conducted by Greens MP, Cate Faehrmann, the party’s transport spokesperson said the workshop will ensure the Illawarra community is consulted in depth about the government’s transport plans for the next 20 years.

“We don’t think the government’s own forums are enough. Some participants are feeding back to me that they are tightly controlled and not really an opportunity for truly long term planning,” Ms Faehrmann said.

“The Greens will be asking people what their needs will be in 20 years, not just what we want now.

“Maybe your family won’t be able to afford to drive anymore. The places you need to travel to may change. All these questions need to be examined.

“I think there is a danger that too many voices will be ignored. The Greens want to make sure that everyone is able to express their views and that the government is presented with genuine solutions for the Illawarra.

“I look forward to seeing as many people at the forums as possible and to hearing your views. To get things started we’ll also be hearing from a local transport expert,” she said.

The forum will be held at the Fairy Meadow Community Centre, Guest Park, from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday May 20.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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