1. Tell us your name, electorate & political party.
Steve Busch Australian Conservatives representing Ryde Electorate
2. Tell us a bit about yourself and what other “hats” you wear in your life.
3. Why are you running in this election and why should we vote for you?
I am running in the State Campaign because I am tired of being an observer to the chaos in the local district and the lack of initiative and unfulfilled promises by the incumbent who engage in silly blame game antics rather than solutions. Rather than complain I am enthusiastic in propelling Ryde into the future it deserves better since it is the second most economically productive city in the whole of NSW. A vote for me is a vote for yourself.
4. What is your favourite spot in the area and why?
I like relaxing in the many shady parks in the area. My favourite place is Dence Park Pool in EPPING which feels like a remote oasis in the open bush. This amenity was threatened in the past and thankfully the public contested the plans for removal.
5. What do you believe are the 3 main issues affecting our area and why?
The main issues affecting Ryde are obvious to everyone who ventures out. We have increased development without vital State Government infrastructure including roads, public transport, over/under passes to ease local traffic congestion. We need to end the sell off of local schools and land holdings with zero return to our community. We need more police presence to arrest the rise in crime in the Ryde electorate. We need State intervention on the abandoned Ryde Council Civic Centre to build a new centre and stop the waste of millions in ratepayers dollars annually on temporary office accomodation.
6. If elected how would you address each of those 3 issues (both short term and long term)?
All of the above issues require State intervention to hold the Liberal party to account to honour previous promises such as the Underground Bus Terminal promised for Maquarie Centre, and generous contributions to the area for infrastructure instead of reaping billions in taxes without tangible returns. Both Labor Liberal and some minor parties need to stop obstructing development plans for the abandoned Ryde Civic centre.
7. What are the 3 key things you plan to achieve if elected?
As above to start with. I need a voice to achieve these objectives and that can only be achieved through votes.
8. AFTER SCHOOL CARE: There is an increasing demand for before and after school care at Primary Schools in the area. Do you have plans to improve this given many of the current options are full, turning families away and have wait lists in place?
9. BUS SERVICE – many Ryde Mums use the local bus service rather than trains however they are always full and overcrowded in peak times. What plans do you have for local bus services?
Public transport is the solution to congestion the light rail is important for our community and should not be stopped as promised by Victor Dominello. As transport solutions are accomplished overcrowding will ease somewhat and then more targeted solutions could be achieved such as local bus services.
10. BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION SAFETY: With what has happened with the Opal Tower, are there are any guidelines, practices etc for all the new developments in the area to ensure these are built correctly and safe?
This is an area that I do not have expertise in but I understand a compromise in safety standards is responsible according to one of our eminent local citizens.
11. ENVIRONMENT: Climate change and the environment is a big concern for many families. What are your plans to help our environment in the local area?
12. If elected what would your course of action be regarding Marsden High, Meadowbank Tate site school and Peter Board site?