A bank has been told to open its doors as soon the weather is clear to help make the Sydney Harbour Bridge more accessible for people with disabilities.
The NSW Government’s Disability Advocate has been tasked with reviewing whether it’s in the best interest of the people with a disability to open a bank branch in the Sydney area.
Key points:The State Government has promised to make the bridge more accessible with a $50 million funding boost over the next five yearsThe Government has also committed to providing a new wheelchair accessible bridge for people who have difficulty walking on the Sydney harbour bridgeThe decision to open the bank in Sydney will have an impact on the rest of the state, including regional Victoria, the Northern Territory and Western AustraliaThe State is currently the only state in Australia that does not offer an accessible bank branch, but the new state government will now look at whether the move is in the interests of the public.
The decision was announced in March, and is now being reviewed by the State Disability Advocate.
“We’re not in the position to make that decision in one go.
We need to look at all the issues, including whether we want to open another branch in a different part of the State,” the State Government said.
The State Department said it is not a bank, and does not have access to customer information.
“The bank is a branch and we do not have a bank account,” it said.
“If we had one, the bank would be able to process the payments, which would be much simpler and faster than if we were having to go back to our credit card company.”
The State’s Treasurer has promised a $500 million funding round to assist those with disabilities in accessing a bank.
“In the coming months we will deliver a new bridge for those with limited mobility and a new financial centre to help the people of the Northern Territories access their funds,” Mr Morrison said.
But the State’s Disability Alliance has said the decision to expand the bridge to Sydney is “irresponsible”.
“The fact that a bank is not open in Sydney is not in its best interests,” Alliance president Kate Bailer said.
Ms Bailers concerns include:Opening the bank is “not the answer” for the problemThe existing bridge is “extremely dangerous”The cost of building a new one is “huge”The State has not even considered the possibility of closing the Sydney branch, which is currently operated by the Central Bank of NSW.
The Federal Government is also committed and has promised an $8 billion investment in the Northern Australian region.
“This investment will provide jobs and support for the region’s most vulnerable, and create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs across the region,” the Prime Minister said in a statement.
“Newspapers and other media outlets are not able to report on this news due to the political sensitivity surrounding the matter.”