Minister Pavey,

Stop road deaths with truck rules: Toll – SMH 16 Jan. Does anyone really think that the proposal by trucking giant Toll to have more rules, etc. will stop road deaths – perhaps a suggestion dictated by the bottom line. The real answer of course, is to take trucks off the road but these trucks are a small business for the drivers and their future super. So…open up the railway lines to freight – remember when you could put something on the train at night and tomorrow morning it was at its destination. Return the main stations (Lithgow, Bathurst, Orange, etc. etc) to activity. Franchise out each station and environs to an owner/driver with an assured area to service from the station. This franchisee would live in the serviced area – his family would move to their area; the owner/driver would employ people as his freight expanded; the district would acquire new families/drivers – AND many trucks would be off the road and owners would not be working to impossible time schedules. You say that you are disturbed by the road deaths – I am sure that the people killed since Christmas and their families are also disturbed.



Gladys and buses

Over 700 breakdowns of buses according to Berejiklian and Constance – but my question is WHY/ Why are the faults in the buses not attended to? Is it because – as a bus driver said to me – that Gladys was getting ready to sell off the bus lines (note “lines” not just the current lines under discussion). Will private bus lines be better maintained and if not will those bus lines be subject to condemnation or even returned to the government?  No way!!!   Is it intended to privatise ALL buses?  Will we be told – no!!!!


A million head of cattle a year to China -jubilation all round for the government, with only one slip – the negotiations started nine years ago – in Labor days but don’t let a little fact get in the way of self congratulation.
We see the same thing at State level. The Meccano set of projected roads – when were feasibility studies, planning, and all the paraphernalia to get a project to start, commenced? During Labor days.
Amazing isn’t it that that so-awful Party had the foresight in both Federal/State areas to plan so much and so far ahead.

What do they really want???

I have questions for the anti-Badgery’s Creek Airport group but I doubt that they will have answers.
If this airport on 1700 hectares (almost twice the size of Sydney Airport) is built have they given thought to the employment? Do they think that the hundreds/thousands of employment opportunities will go to the northern suburbs, the eastern suburbs or the Southern suburbs? Where will they go? to the Western suburbs of course.
The necessary infrastructure will benefit whom? the people of the northern, eastern or southern suburbs, or will it benefit residents of the Western suburbs and even those who do not use this necessary infrastructure in relation to the airport…the roads and possible railway will really open up the Western Suburbs.
Will the businesses that tend to grow up around the airport benefit anybody apart from the Western Suburbs?.
Much has been made of health problems – hey! many Sydneysiders already live in and around an airport (Mascot and Bankstown). Are they less healthy than the people of the Western Suburbs currently without the airport.
Wake up Western Sydney and grab this opportunity with both hands!

Waiting for Godot – oops! waiting for the bus

Waiting for the bus near my home I couldn’t help but notice the very great number of very big trucks delivering all manner of goods: milk, fruit and vegetables, meat, household goods, etc. And I thought about how lucky we are: We live in a city of 4-4.5 million people and everything we want is brought to us. We don’t need to go out to farms, factories, orchards, etc. – things are brought to us.
But importantly, waiting and watching I had time, a great deal of time, waiting for the bus and I used this time to think about all manner of things, such as pondering the value of life and asking myself important questions about the deliveries of lifegiving items while I wait for the bus, and wait … and wait for a bus to come along in this busy city of ours.


Could I address the matter not only of the B-triples, B-doubles, etc. with attendant costs, casualties, etc. but road problems in general.  I have made the following suggestion to both State and Federal Ministers but, of course, never received a reply but now with the argument raising its head about these monstrous trucks on our roads , perhaps it’s time to have another go.   

I suppose everyman and his dog has thought of the following solution to the roads, transport, decentralisation problems, again, I think that everyman and his dog will admit that:

1. We need more roads but the building of roads is prohibitively expensive;

2. Trucks are a big problem on our inadequate roads;

3. Trucks are involved every week in accidents often including several people;

4. Trucks tear up the roads.

5. Trucks are proposed to get bigger and bigger with an increase in problems for other road users.

The next point is that this state needs decentralisation – admitted?

We already have stations and station buildings at every few Kms along every rail line. We already have rail lines and certainly there should be the necessary expertise available to revert to the days of freight movement along rail lines. In other words we have the necessary infrastructure to cope with the following suggestion:

Freight could be delivered by rail to depots established every 100 or 150 Kms at major population points (e.g. Lithgow, Bathurst, Orange, etc) If tenders were called for the manning and management of those depots it could be expected that the drivers of the trucks and families and the administrators of the depot would live in the area of the depot servicing areas radiating out from the depots.

What would this do?

1. Many trucks including the “monster” trucks would be taken off the highways with a saving of lives and road surfaces. The very large trucks now using and abusing the highways would not be needed as much as smaller, more economical vehicles. Perhaps there would be no need for more expensive road expansion if trucks were removed from the highways.

2. Drivers and families could be expected to move from Sydney to live in the area of depot occupation so adding to the environment of the towns selected – homes, shopping, schools, etc.

3. At present truck drivers often live at major cities, such as Sydney, travelling thousands of kilometres for their deliveries with attendant fatigue, dislocation of family life.

Has this all been thought of and rejected? I have not heard any proposal to undertake this expansion of the freight system and I certainly did not receive any comment about the feasibility of the