Demands fix over cuts, traffic chaos

NEWLY elected State MP for Auburn, Lynda Voltz, has raised her concerns about cuts to services at Auburn Hospital and traffic chaos stretching from Wentworth Point to Granville South, in her inaugural speech in the NSW Parliament.

Ms Voltz says residents expect to do more at their local hospital than just to be born there.

She used her inaugural speech to urge the Minister for Health to meet with her to begin the process of ensuring that the fracture clinic, as a starting point, was returned to Auburn Hospital.

“While the Carr Labor Government built Auburn Hospital, the current Liberal Government has over the last eight years, cut services,” she said.

“This is creating greater strain on Westmead Hospital and causing a doubling up of health services.”

She also raised the increased congestion on the roads around Auburn and Granville South following the re-introduction of the tolls on the M4 alongside the constant “buck passing” between Parramatta Council and the RMS on traffic measures at Hill Road, Wentworth Point.

“The NSW Government is making life harder for mums and dads trying to get their kids to school and to work on time, making the working day longer for everyone,” she said.

“The seat of Auburn has the second highest rate of homelessness and the second highest rate of unemployment in the state and I urge the Government to do more to address this dangerous trend.

“The Government must get better at harnessing the strength of the local community if it intends to tackle what is becoming a dangerous trend of increasing numbers of disadvantaged people in the Auburn electorate.”

She also said that it was a great honour to represent the people of the Auburn electorate which she described as once a meeting place for the Wategoro, Wanagal and Gundungara clans, which had now become one of the great meeting places of the world.