Time for government intervention
On the Queen's Birthday long weekend, while returning my daughter to boarding school, I waited one-and-a half hours at Wagga Railway Station for the Sydney bound XPT to arrive late.
The situation brought back memories of the same problem I faced as a child 30 years earlier. This made me consider how in the same 30 years, our region and our economy has grown, yet nothing has been done to improve public transport for regional people.
Regional air services have not changed, the same planes fly us to and from Sydney and the same trains run (late) between Sydney and Melbourne.
We deserve better. We need a new generation of transport to support regional NSW. No longer should we be forced to miss flights because the planes are too small to cater for the demand. Nor should we be forced to pay exorbitant prices. We need rail services that are reliable, fast, clean and safe.
It raises the question - isn't it time that the state government steps up to the plate and leads a new generation of transport for regional NSW? Clearly, looking at the current landscape, private investors don't have the interest to do so.
Nevertheless, whatever they decide, it is vitally important is that we have community leaders pushing this topic. Without them focused on transport, it will not be too long before my daughter will be reflecting on her childhood while waiting for the same unreliable trains with her children.
Real jobs in regional Australia
Jeff Angel, director of the Total Environment Centre, writes in the Sydney Morning Herald (June 11, 2019) that environmental services in NSW provide 152,000 jobs, more than agriculture and mining combined.
Environmental services jobs include delivering waste, water and energy management and biodiversity (but not tourism). Many of the jobs are in regional areas. The figures are not his. They come from a study of the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council.
There is no conflict between the environment and jobs, but there certainly is between coal mining and the environment. If the National Party maintains its commitment to coal at the expense of the environment, they are failing to supporting the employment, well-being and future of the people of regional Australia.
Regional Australia urgently needs a plan from the National Party that will produce an orderly, even profitable transition from our dependence on the failing coal economy to one based on the almost limitless opportunities of renewable energy.
Ash Barty an inspiration
Such a refreshing change from some of our male pretenders with their petulant tantrums and boorish court behaviour.
Time to purge Aunty
Well another seat warmer from the ABC pulled the pin.
Being cynical like I am, maybe Barrie Cassidy couldn't stand his Labor mates losing the unloseable election.
Now all we need to make Aunty more credible is to get rid of Tony Jones, Paul Barry and those two lefties on the morning show. And you can put in Jon Faine on ABC radio. Then after these overpaid, underworked hypocrites get the boot the government might strip a couple of hundred million dollars off the massive $1 billion a year it gets in funding and give it back to the taxpayers who paid it in the first place.