Residents of Kings Cross, Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay and Woolloomooloo
2011 Residents Association Inc.
Sunday 29 March 2009
Just over 100 people attended a residents meeting on the future of the 311 bus on Saturday 28 March, at McElhone Reserve, Elizabeth Bay .
The meeting unanimously resolved to reject any cuts to the 311 bus service and to campaign for an improved, more frequent service.
The meeting was organised by the 2011 Residents Association Inc. after local concern about the State Government’s proposed cutbacks to the 311 bus route. These cutbacks would remove Ithaca Rd , Billyard Ave and Onslow Ave in Elizabeth Bay from the 311 bus route from 26 April 2009, in addition to the route terminating at Gresham St in the City and not stopping at Circular Quay.
Residents told the meeting that the bus route was extremely important for less mobile and elderly Elizabeth Bay residents. One resident said she had relied on the bus for transport after she had been injured. Residents questioned how cutting part of Elizabeth Bay from the route would help disabled people in the area despite State Government claims. Some residents said that they had sold their car after moving into the area. Other residents said that the latest proposals were the last in a long line of cutbacks to the local bus service over the years.
Dr Sacha Blumen, President of the 2011 Residents Association, declared the meeting a great success. “Local residents showed their concern about the proposed cutbacks at the meeting. Many who participated are long-term residents – one had lived in Elizabeth Bay for 60 years – and all understood the importance of public transport for local residents. We are also pleased that City of Sydney Councillors Irene Doutney and Chris Harris participated in the meeting supporting the community.”
Speakers supporting the community at the meeting included Adrian Bartels, the Chairman of the Kings Cross and Potts Point Business Partnership, Scott Carlin, Curator of Elizabeth Bay House, and Jo Holder, co-convenor of the Darlinghurst Residents Action Group.
“It’s great that the whole community is supporting the campaign. The State Government needs to listen to the community.”