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2GB Alan Jones | Business owners’ final plea before the light rail sends them broke

May 11, 2018 Angela 0 Comments

This morning Angela, along with Greg Tannos (Optical Illusions, 502-506 Anzac Pde Kingsford), Sophie Hunt (Hunt Leather, Strand Arcade George St) & Benny Norouzi (Souvenir Gallery, 283 George St) spoke with Alan Jones about the continuing tragedy along the light rail route.

Kingsford optometrist Greg Tannos tells Alan he was promised construction would take months, but it’s now been going for more than two and a half years.

“I’ve been in business there for 30 years now, 30 years!

“I’ve been through the GFC, I’ve been through the aggressive competition with, say, Specsavers.

“I’ve survived all that and it’s going to be the light rail that’s going to pull me down.”

Alan also spoke of the travesty down at Circular Quay where business owners are in tenancy agreements with Transport for NSW, who have taken the opportunity at the last rent review to increase business rents (along the light rail construction route). These same businesses are paying electricity bills directly to Transport for NSW at almost DOUBLE the cost of other businesses who are able to shop around for a deal. This is premeditated robbery – at the hands of Government.

“[Government are] patting themselves on the back because they’re managing this project the best as they can, if this is the best as they can Alan, they deserve to go” Angela said.

Angela also spoke about the ongoing struggles of the 23 sub-contractors affected on Wave 5 of the Pacific Highway upgrade. These 23 families are owed almost $8million dollars for work completed between Woolgoolga and Ballina. Roads and Maritime Service are refusing to compensate and these businesses are going under fast! To learn more and to help us fight for these contractors, read more here.

Listen to the interview below

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