NSW Election candidates
The Manly Daily’s 2015 NSW Meet The Candidates Forum. Photo courtesy Manly Daily.

 

WHERE DO THE PARTIES STAND?

Responses from each of the parties have been summarised below under the following headings:

  • Transport: public transport & roads
  • Health & Hospitals
  • Local employment and containment
  • Regional environmental and recreational infrastructure
  • Stronger state and local partnerships for planning and services

 

Full responses received can be downloaded by clicking on the following links.

Public Transport: Bus Rapid Transit

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: SHOROC’s priorities

  • Bus Rapid Transit Mona Vale to CBD and for Warringah Road Dee Why to Chatswood
  • Strongly encourage model shift to public transport and improve active transport

 

Where do the parties stand?

 Liberal Party  Labor Party  Greens
  • $233 million for Bus Rapid Transit service Mona Vale to CBD on a ‘turn up and go’ timetable to begin 2018
  • New commuter car parks (800 cars)
  • Five new public transport interchanges
  • High frequency bus services Manly to Chatswood via Frenchs Forest and Mona Vale to Macquarie Park every 15 min on weekends and every 10 min during peak
  • Firmly believes in providing enhanced public transport options as a means of reducing congestion, improving transport efficiency and lowering emissions
  • Generally supports Bus Rapid Transit however, comment that any BRT system needs to reflect specific issues of congestion along Military Road between the Spit and Neutral Bay
  • Support promoting a modal shift to faster and more reliable public transport
  • Support finalisation of Bus Rapid Transport system as it represents a significant public transport alternative for the Northern Beaches

 

 

 

Roads: Warringah, Mona Vale, Wakehurst Pkwy & Tunnel

ROADS: SHOROC’s priorities

  • Grade separations for Warringah Road intersections with Wakehurst Parkway and Forest Way
  • Northern Beaches tunnel under the Spit
  • Upgrades of Wakehurst Parkway and Mona Vale Road

 

Where do the parties stand?

 Liberal Party  Labor Party  Greens
  • $400 million for road upgrades around new Northern Beaches Hospital to be completed before hospital opens
  • $5 million for strategic and feasibility studies needed to deliver a Beaches Link, direct tunnel connection from north of the Spit Bridge to the Warringah Freeway corridor and Western harbour Tunnel
  • Four lane upgrade to Mona Vale Road and improvements to Wakehurst Parkway
  •  No comment

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • No specific comment. However related statement that plan to scrap toll road projects such as the Westconnex and redirect funds towards integrated, affordable and accessible public transport and active transport

 

 

Health & Hospitals

HEALTH & HOSPITALS: SHOROC’s priorities

  • Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest open by 2018
  • Mona Vale Hospital upgraded
  • Manly Hospital retained for community services
  • Improved community health services

 

Where do the parties stand?

 Liberal Party  Labor Party  Greens
  • Will complete Level 5 Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest by the end of 2018
  • Ensure Mona Vale Hospital will remain responsive to current and future health care needs of community
  • Will ensure Manly Hospital site will be used for community services
  • Consolidated into three main locations: new Northern Centre at Mona Vale Hospital, New Southern Centre in Brookvale and enhance Child and Family services in new buildings at Dalwood

 

 

 

 

  • Supports the construction of a new Northern Beaches Hospital. Opposes plan to outsource the operation of this hospital to a private operator
  • No comment on Mona Vale Hospital
  • No comment on Manly Hospital
  • Will provide an additional $10 million over the next three years to fund gaps in the provision of domestic violence and other support services

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Support the development of public hospital to be completed by 2018. However, believe an alternative site that is better located with respect to the population and transport options be identified
  • Support the redevelopment of the Mona Vale Hospital to provide the complete range of clinical and surgical services to the Northern Beaches community
  • The Manly Hospital site should be kept in public hands and used exclusively for public health purposes
  • Support increased investment in community based services including those focusing on mental health and domestic violence

Local employment and containment

EMPLOYMENT & CONTAINMENT: SHOROC’s priorities

  • Employment through tourism and visitation
  • Economic development planning
  • Funding for youth training and transition programs

 

Where do the parties stand?

 Liberal Party  Labor Party  Greens
  • Commit an extra $123 million (statewide) to lure more big ticket events to NSW, with the estimated tourism boost to increase visitor expenditure by $481 million

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Support SHOROC’s initiatives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Support the development of a regional tourism and visitor strategy
  • Support regional strategic plan to grow the local economy and create jobs
  • Advocating for a well-funded, public higher education system that offers employment opportunists for young people on the Northern Beaches
  • Have announced a jobs and infrastructure plan providing capital grants to local councils to rebuild local economies in NSW

Regional environmental and recreational infrastructure

ENVIRONMENT & RECREATION: SHOROC’s priorities

  • Funding support for regional resource recovery infrastructure
  • Funding for management of proposed Belrose Mountain Biking Facility

 

Where do the parties stand?

 Liberal Party  Labor Party  Greens
  • Will consult with the community and industry on design of a cost-effective container deposit scheme
  • Continue to offer infrastructure funding for local not-for-profit groups through Community Building Partnership and Clubs NSW funding programs
  • Continue to support Surf Life Saving in region through Surf Club Facilities Grants

 

 

 

  • Supports SHOROC’s initiatives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Policy supports waste avoidance, reuse and recycling in that order of priority.
  • Approaches such as extended producer responsibility including container deposit schemes should be legislated.
  • Support the establishment of municipal scale composting facilities such as Kimbriki
  • The reuse of facilities such as turning the Belrose landfill into a downhill mountain biking facility should be investigated

Stronger state and local partnerships for planning and services

STATE & LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS: SHOROC’s priorities

  • Continue regional leaders’ forums
  • Establish inter-governmental forums for major regional issues
  • Appoint council delegates to NSW Government regional planning and coordination groups

 

Where do the parties stand?

 Liberal Party  Labor Party  Greens
  • Look forward to working with SHOROC on delivering these important visions for our community

 

 

 

 

 

  • Supports SHOROC’s initiatives
  • Also commented that are opposed to forced council amalgamations and commit there will be no forced amalgamations if elected

 

 

 

 

  • Support local councils having democratic involvement and decision making powers in planning and services for their area
  • Support strengthening the working partnership between the state government and local councils to ensure that strategic planning decisions incorporate input from local communities