Take a selfie on ‘National Nightmare Commute Day’

Residents of outer suburbs around the country are being encouraged to take a selfie on Tuesday 7 June to ensure politicians hear about the chronic road and public transport problems in their areas.

The first ‘National Nightmare Commute Day’ will document the morning commutes of dozens of residents in capital cities across the country from Wanneroo in Perth to Penrith, Blacktown and Campbelltown in western Sydney.

“The stories about stress, congestion and frustration with our roads and public transport are the same in outer suburbs around the country,” says Ross Fowler, from Penrith City Council, which is part of the event.

“People are sick of spending countless hours in the car, or waiting for trains,” says Councillor Fowler, who is also the NSW spokesman for the National Growth Areas Alliance, which is behind the Fund our Future campaign.

“Unfortunately, it is our residents who are paying the price of poor leadership and foresight,” says Councillor Fowler.

“Successive governments have failed to fund and build the infrastructure that fast-growing suburbs like ours, on the outskirts of our cities, need and deserve,” he says.

Those affected are urged to take a selfie safely and legally at the beginning and end of their morning commutes with comments about the time it takes – and share it on our Facebook page @FundourFutureAU and/or on Twitter, using the hashtag #nightmarecommute or #FundourFutureAU They are also encouraged to take 20 seconds to sign the petition at www.fundourfuture.info

The NGAA and member councils are behind the Fund our Future campaign, which calls for a national dedicated infrastructure fund to address the multi-billion dollar infrastructure backlog in these areas and future-proof them, as they continue to grow.

“The Federal Government and Opposition are talking about ‘30 minute cities’, but that’s a dream for residents in our areas. For our communities, it’s more like 90-minute cities at the moment,” says Councillor Fowler.

Five million Australians already live in fast-growing outer suburbs around the country and this is predicted to rise to 7.5 million in just 15 years.

What: National Nightmare Commute Day

When:  6-9am, Tuesday, 7 June, 2016

Where: On your morning commute

How to get involved: Those affected are urged to take a selfie safely and legally at the beginning and end of their morning commutes with comments about the time it takes – and share it on our Facebook page @FundourFutureAU and/or on Twitter, using the hashtag #nightmarecommute or #FundourFutureAU They are also encouraged to take 20 seconds to sign the petition at www.fundourfuture.info

Media contact: Susi Hamilton, National Growth Areas Alliance, 0448 388 934 or susi.hamilton@ngaa.org.au