Wollongong, it’s time to put pen to paper and help #SaveOurShuttle.
The Mercury today calls on every member of our community to get on board the fight to keep the Gong Shuttle bus free.
This newspaper has joined Illawarra Labor MPs Paul Scully and Ryan Park to fight the Berejiklian government’s plan to implement standard Opal fares on the free city-loop service from January 29.
Showing your support is as simple as cutting out the petition form in Saturday’s paper and sending it to the address shown on it.
Copies of the petition can also be handed into the Mercury’s front counter at 77 Market Street, Wollongong.
Electronic copies are available for download.
Mr Scully, the Member for Wollongong, said the anger among residents “can only be described as white-hot”.
Ten-thousand signatures, on hard-copy petition forms, are needed to spark debate in the NSW Parliament.
Parliamentary rules do not allow for electronic petitions.
An online community change.org petition, dubbed “Keep the Gong Shuttle Free” has amassed more than 14,300 signatures since it started on Wednesday afternoon.
The Labor MPs have vowed to keep their petition going until the government overturned its decision.