A quarter of businesses seeking compensation along the CBD South East light rail route have been denied.
Documents released to NSW Labor under Freedom of Information laws reveal "19 businesses have been formally declined assistance" (as at 28 April 2018).
The documents show that 79 businesses have applied for assistance, 56 were offered assistance and 19 were declined.
The numbers do not show the number of businesses that were discouraged from even applying. Anecdotally, many businesses were advised to not bother even applying.
It comes as the disruption from light rail construction continues to impact on businesses due to the Berejiklian Government’s mismanagement of the project.
Dozens of small businesses have come forward with personal stories of hardship as a result of the chaotic construction along the light rail route. Many are suffering substantial financial losses and consequent staff lay-offs and are directly blaming the project’s extended construction.
There are at least 110 businesses and residents affected by the construction that have expressed interest in joining a class-action lawsuit against the Government.
NSW Labor revealed last month that yet another light rail contractor is suing the Government over false and misleading conduct.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Transport Jodi McKay
"The Premier and Transport Minister were dragged kicking and screaming to offer compensation to these businesses."
"As the project’s deadline gets pushed further away, these small business owners can’t see an end to the devastation the project is causing their operations."
"This has to be the contender for one of the most disastrous infrastructure projects in NSW’s history. It is killing businesses along the corridor and making us a laughing stock internationally."