Gareth Ward faces scorn for shuttle statement

Not happy: Anger flared up over Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward's comments on the Gong Shuttle. Picture:Georgia Matts
Not happy: Anger flared up over Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward's comments on the Gong Shuttle. Picture:Georgia Matts

Gong Shuttle users didn’t take kindly to Gareth Ward branding them as feeling “entitled” to a free ride.

On Thursday the Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra suggested shuttle users “believe they are entitled to pay nothing”, which drew a stream of critical comments.

“A politician calling us entitled – that’s the funniest thing I’ve heard all year,” wrote Steve Mueller.

Paul Harrison was similarly unimpressed, telling Mr Ward “you need to fight for us not ridicule us”.

“I guess he’s been told to toe the party line,” wrote Clarrie Bouma.

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Lisa Simmons felt his response needed to change.

“I am in your electorate, but use the free shuttle from time to time,” she wrote.

“This is essential to relieving congestion in Wollongong.”

Some of the comments supported the idea of a fare, such as Andrew Mark.

“It will still be cheaper than driving and parking,” he wrote.

“You should not get something for free than the majority of society has to pay for elsewhere.”