St George Matters with Chris Minns: Bill to End Privatization Now for NSW Parliament | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

Bill to end privatization now before the NSW Parliament

Since taking office in 2011, NSW Liberale has sold $ 93.4 billion of our public assets. Their latest privatization – the full sale of Westconex – creates a virtual private monopoly, with tolls rising by four percent a year for 20 years – double inflation

Rising road tolls are a major financial burden for families in St George who are already struggling with the high cost of living and the effects of the pandemic. The M5 East toll has the added effect of massively increasing traffic on surrounding local roads in my constituency of Kogarah.

I believe that public assets should be in public hands. That’s why NSW Labor introduced legislation to protect our vital public assets from privatization. Our bill will force the government to get approval from both houses of parliament to sell public assets.

I’ve been contacted by Blakehurst residents about the dilapidated condition of Tom Ugly’s Points. The reserve along the coast in that area has an urgent need for attention. Therefore, I urge my community to get involved and sign the signature collection, which is available from my office, which urges George’s River Council and other relevant agencies to repair and maintain Tom Ugly’s Point.

Earlier this month, I was proud to be behind a campaign by Dragons fans to have the grandstand at Jubilee Stadium renamed after Norm Provan. As a major victory for the community, the George River Council voted unanimously in favor of this change last month. Congratulations to everyone who participated in this campaign.

Hurstville Schools Security Update

The safety of students in and around our schools in Hurstville is a major concern for our community. I have worked with the two municipal councils and the local schools to solve the safety problems. Updates on progress so far are available at my office.

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