The Mayor of Blacktown City, Councillor Stephen Bali has reacted with anger at the “obvious tokenism” of giving Western Sydney railway stations a lick of paint and a facelift.
“Doonside railway station needs reconstructive surgery, it doesn’t need a facelift,” he said.
Mayor Bali and local residents have been campaigning for decades to have a passenger lift installed at the 137 year old station.
“The current access superstructure dates back to the 1950s and tarting it up with some fresh paint does nothing to resolve the need for proper access for those who can’t get up and down the flights of stairs,” he said.
“Unfortunately the state government prefers a token ‘splash and dash’ to make a feel-good pre budget media release than take care of the people who are in desperate need of disabled access to Doonside railway station.
“The elderly, mothers with prams and people with disabilities don’t care what colour the station is painted but they do want access to the station platform via lifts!” the Mayor exclaimed.
More than 2,000 people a day use the station, and the growth of nearby Bungarribee has added extra pressure to the station, he said.
“This decision comes despite Census figures showing Doonside has more elderly and disabled residents than many stations in Sydney that already have lifts.
“The planning and the design work for the upgrade was completed in 2011 and only a lack of commitment and funding has stopped the project from going ahead.
“According to the most recent Census, 6.4 per cent of the Doonside’s population need help in their day-to-day lives because of a disability.”