Blacktown by-election: Labor leader Luke Foley promises to give Doonside a lift

Blacktown mayor and Labor candidate Stephen Bali (centre) with NSW Labor leader Luke Foley. Picture: Harrison Vesey
Blacktown mayor and Labor candidate Stephen Bali (centre) with NSW Labor leader Luke Foley. Picture: Harrison Vesey

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Shanequa Totau, 14, Hine Totau, 5, and Aiava Polutele, 13, collect signatures on a petition for disabled access at Doonside station. "It would be a really huge outcome for all of us. We know we have the support and everyone wants us to get it done," Shanequa said. Picture: Harrison Vesey

Shanequa Totau, 14, Hine Totau, 5, and Aiava Polutele, 13, collect signatures on a petition for disabled access at Doonside station. "It would be a really huge outcome for all of us. We know we have the support and everyone wants us to get it done," Shanequa said. Picture: Harrison Vesey

A Foley Labor government will prioritise the upgrade of Doonside station to help disabled and elderly users and parents with prams.

Labor leader Luke Foley and Labor’s candidate for Blacktown Stephen Bali announced today that unlike the Liberals – who have put the station at the back of the queue for years – Labor will end years of waiting for residents.

“Doonside has waited long enough,” Mr Foley said. “I don’t want to see them wait any longer and they won’t have to under a government I lead.”

Labor’s candidate Cr Bali said he would ensure that lifts, wheelchair access, accessible toilets and car spaces would all be delivered under a Labor government, if elected in March 2019.

“I am proud to put my name to a pledge to deliver for Doonside. This is long overdue. The Liberal government has consistently promised but never delivered; Labor will,” Mayor Bali said.

Doonside has been consistently overlooked for funding by the Liberal government in its six years un office.

Despite strong lobbying by locals and Labor the station hasn’t made it onto the list of projects that will receive funding to improve accessibility.

Mayor Bali is standing as Labor’s candidate for Blacktown in the forthcoming state by-election on Saturday, October 14.