The transport and health policies of the four parties seeking to win seats across the SHOROC region, the Liberal/Nationals Coalition, Labor, Greens and Christian Democrats, were outlined today by SHOROC, a partnership of Manly, Mosman, Pittwater & Warringah councils.

“Our four councils have all adopted SHOROC’s Shaping Our Future strategy, outlining what we consider are the major priorities for investment in our region’s transport and health infrastructure,” said SHOROC President and Pittwater Mayor Harvey Rose.

“We have asked the parties vying to win seats at the 26 March state election to outline their priorities on these issues so it’s clear to the voters where they stand,” said Mayor Rose, “whichever party wins the NSW election, it is vital that funding be urgently invested in our ailing infrastructure.”

The key priorities identified in Shaping Our Future include:

  • Buses: Bus Rapid Transit systems for faster public transport from Mona Vale to the city and from Dee Why to Chatswood, Ryde and the CBD.
  • Roads: Unclogging pinch points and upgrades to Mona Vale Road, Wakehurst Parkway and the Warringah Road intersections with Wakehurst Parkway and Forrest Way.
  • Hospitals: Immediate construction of the Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest and retaining and upgrading Mona Vale Hospital.

The full strategy and list of priorities can be read online and is available for download.

Should they win the election, SHOROC has been advised the priorities of the parties are as follows:

Transport

Liberal/Nationals Coalition
  • Will urgently seek expressions of interest to determine the feasibility and timing and establish a Northern Beaches Bus Rapid Transit (NBBRT) system.
  • Will construct infrastructure associated with the Level 5 Hospital at Frenchs Forest such as transport/road links
Labor
  • Will implement 3 strategic bus corridors across the region
  • 1000 new buses allocated across greater Sydney
  • Maintain public ownership and control of Sydney Ferries and upgrade Sydney Ferry Fleet with 6 new ferries
Greens
  • Improve public transport by providing linkages within the northern beaches and to the CBD. Initially establish improved transport on a Bus Rapid Transit system built with a future view of converting to light rail.
  • Establish a safe cycling network throughout the Northern Beaches and ensure that buses are equipped to carry cycles
Christian Democrats
  • Build freeways and immediately improve major intersections to remove traffic lights and increase the free flow of traffic. Immediately upgrade Mona Vale Rd to dual carriageway at a minimum. Build a Sydney-wide network of interconnecting freeways. Not Toll Roads.
  • Build a rail link to the city and Chatswood. Not a combination of bus tunnels and light rail, but a proper rail line serving the Northern Beaches. Don’t just build for the needs of today but build for 50-100 years into the future.

Health

Liberal/Nationals Coalition
  • $125 million to start construction on the Level 5 Hospital at Frenchs Forest, with construction to commence in the first term and be completed in the second term, regardless of who is in government. Construction will incorporate associated infrastructure such as transport/road links. Full services at Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals will be retained during construction.
  • Mona Vale Hospital will serve in a complementary role once the new hospital is  built and the Manly Hospital site will be retained for community use, such as aged care or mental  health
Labor
  • Commence a new 200 bed Northern Beaches Hospital by 2013/4
Greens
  • Abandon Frenchs Forest as a hospital site and upgrade Mona Vale to provide all required specialist services.
  • Retain local hospital services at the southern end of the peninsula
  • Improve mental health services including community facilities and improve aged care facilities.
Christian Democrats
  • Rebuild both Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals, doubling the size and capacity and re-instituting support services that have had funding stripped from them. Instead of the new hospital at Frenchs Forest.
  • Improve mental health and public health services and facilities in the local community.
  • Improve access to nursing homes, geriatric services and Ambulances.

**Please note the above policies were provided to SHOROC in writing by the parties. Comments from some individual candidates have been added below. Please contact SHOROC to correct any of the statements listed if required.

If you’ve got a comment on these policies feel free to add it below.

  • Jennifer Jary

    “Jennifer Jary ALP candidate for Manly”

    On investment in our health services, I generally support the strategy, except where it relates to the future of Manly Hospital.

    I believe it is far too early to commit Manly Hospital, and the site on which it operates, to a future which is non-medical. In the foreseeable future, Manly should continue to provide health services including emergency.

  • Peter Colsell

    “Peter Colsell CDP candidate for Wakehurst”

    Investment in Health services
    • Instead of the new hospital at French’s Forrest.
    • Improve mental health and public health services and facilities in the local community.
    • Improved access to nursing homes, geriatric services and Ambulances.
    • Re-institute support services that have had funding stripped from them.
    • Rebuild both Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals, doubling the size and capacity.
    • Increase nurse to patient ratio to 4:1

    Investment in our transport infrastructure

    •The electorates of Manly, Wakehurst, and Davidson & Pittwater have been continually ignored and held in contempt when it comes to the needs for roads and transport. The litany of broken promises made by the incumbent and previous governments of both sides of the political arena, have left the area without any significant ongoing investment by the government to resolve the congestion and travelling time to the city The daily congestion across the Spit & Roseville Bridges must be alleviated permanently.

    •The proposed Frenchs Forest development is likely to introduce 40,000 more cars to the area which is only going to exacerbate the gridlock currently being experienced in peak hour traffic.

    •The original freeway corridor that was abandoned by the Wran Government must be re-established to facilitate the construction of freeways to the peninsula.

    •Improvements to major intersections to remove traffic lights and increase the free flow of traffic must immediately begin to be implemented.

    •Immediate upgrade of the entire length of Mona Vale Rd to dual carriageway with a minimum of four lanes.

    •Construct flood mitigation along Wakehurst Parkway and commence studies for the widening of this arterial road into a four lane dual carriageway.

    •Build a Sydney-wide network of interconnecting freeways. No Toll Roads.

    •Build a rail link to the city and Chatswood. Not a combination of bus tunnels and light rail, but a proper rail line serving the Northern Beaches.

    •Institute the implementation of Bus Rapid Transport.