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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 3rd 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 4, 2009 9 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Metro survey skewed claim MARIE SANSOM The purpose of the survey was to come up with a preordained conclusion' ' EcoTransit's GAVIN GATENBY A SURVEY that peddles the ben- efits of the planned CBD Metro from Central to Rozelle has been doing the rounds in shopping centres. The Sydney Metro survey was carried out by Taverners Re- search over the past two weeks. Respondents were given public transport scenarios involving heavy rail, light rail and the metro, and asked which they pre- ferred. Three people the Inner-West Weekly understands have done the survey said it was skewed towards the metro. The survey came to light last week on Crikey.com when a Pyrmont commuter shared the experience. ''Of the 10 scenarios presented, each one had me choose between a more expensive and more crowded and less frequent light rail or a cheaper, emptier, fre- quent metro,'' the commuter said. ''Any day now we're going to hear how the NSW Government has consulted the people with 'independent' market research and the people have demanded a metro. What tosh!'' A Balmain resident said the questions were designed to find out whether changes in price, frequency and journey time would encourage metro use. ''There was no scope whatso- ever to make any comments,'' she said. EcoTransit's Gavin Gatenby, , did the survey. ''They gratuitously misrep- resented the CityRail as much more expensive and infrequent than the metro,'' Mr Gatenby said. ''The purpose of the survey was to come up with a preordained conclusion (so) the public would think the metro was wonderful and prefer it over heavy rail.'' A Sydney Metro spokesman said the survey was for ''demand fore- casting'' and ''not to establish numbers in favour of one trans- port option over another''. ''For every question weighted in favour of metro, there are an equal number of questions weighted in favour of other transport modes, including light rail,'' he said. Leichhardt, Sydney, Ashfield and Marrickville councils have agreed to put up $60,000 for a feasibility study to extend light rail from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill and to Barangaroo after being challenged to do so by the State Government. Stephen Crewes (left) competes in the NSW Championships for RC Laser Yachts Rodd Point. Pictures: DANNY AARONS ~PP283241 Local knowledge wins gold for sailor See more pictures More photographs available at www.innerwestweekly.com.au PAUL Derwent, a sailor with Dobroyd Aquatic Club, picked up gold at the NSW 2009 Radio Controlled (RC) Laser state championship held at Rodd Point on Sunday. Derwent sailed consistently well throughout the day using all of his local knowledge to gain advantage over a strong contingent, including an experienced team from Melbourne. The title-holder, Dave Padden, also a member of the Dobroyd Aquatic Club, showed his class many times during the day but lacked consistency and had to settle for sixth position. The silver medal went to Scott Fleming and the bronze to Simon Dubbin, both from Waterways club in Melbourne. To join Dobroyd RC Lasers, phone Paul Derwent on 0416 855 626 or visit www.radiosail.com.au SMART_SPE10212 · © 2007 Specsavers Optical Group. Second pair must be from the same price range of frames and lens range or below. Must be same prescription. Extra options not included - see Clear Price leaflet in your local Specsavers store for details. Model wears glasses from the $199 range. Price includes PENTAX single vision lenses with scratch resistant coating. Full details in store. 2 HARD TO RESIST 2 PAIRS 179 Specsavers Burwood: Westfield Burwood Shopping Centre 100 Burwood Road 02 9744 2900 www.specsavers.com.au/burwood
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