No Opals in Charlestown

It is still impossible to either purchase or top up an Opal Card in busy Charlestown.

NSW Premier Mike Baird today proudly announced the issue of the two-millionth Opal Card.

While this may certainly be an exciting day for Mike and Gladys (Berejiklian), more than two years after the commencement of the Opal Card trial it continues to be a farce for the thousands of public transport users in Charlestown.

Two months AFTER the NSW Government declared ‘job done’ and announced, “The Opal rollout is now complete on all trains, all buses, all Sydney Ferries and all light rail services – months ahead of schedule”, it remains impossible to either purchase an Opal Card in many parts of the Charlestown electorate, or to top up an existing card.

“The Minister for Transport said recently that Labor had no credibility on this issue. I’d suggest the Minister can’t possibly be serious about celebrating the Opal Card rollout when there is still not one single outlet in the Charlestown business district where residents can purchase the Opal Card or top it up,” said Member for Charlestown, Jodie Harrison MP.

“Charlestown Square is the Lower Hunter’s largest shopping centre. It is absurd that residents are still unable to purchase an Opal Card or recharge it in at least one location in this extremely busy transport and business hub.”

“One resident recently contacted my office to complain that they had been forced to travel from their home in Gateshead, straight past Charlestown to Kotara in order to purchase an Opal Card.”