Exactly 12 months after announcing the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge walkway will become more accessible to people with disability, the NSW Government has quietly shelved plans on sharing the scenic decks.
At the time, then-Roads Minister Duncan Gay said “The Sydney Harbour Bridge walkway… should be available for everyone to enjoy.” NSW Labor says it is outrageous that the bridge has not become more inclusive to people with disability, parents with prams or the elderly.
The scrapping of lifts at Kirribilli and The Rocks means that wheelchair users will only be able to experience the magnificent harbour views from a distance- including the thousands of tourists who flock to Sydney to see the bridge up close.
NSW Labor has slammed the Berejiklian Government for their insensitivity of the issue, for turning a blind eye to the many projects which have blown over budget but failing to find a paltry $10 million dollars for the accessible lifts they promised a year ago.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Disability Services Sophie Cotsis
“It’s an absolute disgrace and the Government should be embarrassed that a year ago they said they would build this project, when it turns out they haven’t funded it.
“This is very mean spirited- the NSW Government should have made a commitment to fund this important project which would mean better access to the bridge for people with a disability.
“Sydney is a global city and it is an embarrassment that in 2017 that this is icon is not accessible- unlike Brooklyn Bridge in New York or the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.”
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Transport Jodi McKay
“I think it is extraordinary that the Minister has made the decision that this project has to go to the end of the list.
“At the same time you have projects like WestConnex, the South East Light Rail and now the Northern Beaches Tunnel which is sucking the life out of the NSW Government and yet a really important project like the Bridge access doesn’t get funded.”