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Working with our communities

The importance of community

Transport for NSW seeks to work with our communities to improve quality of life, health and social wellbeing for current and future generations, and promote the principles of equity, diversity, connectedness, democracy and participation, ensuring transport contributes positively to society.


Transport Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2021

Many of the transport routes we use today – from rail lines, to roads, to water crossings – follow the traditional Songlines, trade routes and ceremonial paths in Country that our nation’s First Peoples followed for tens of thousands of years.

The Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2021 was developed to make a positive difference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in areas such as employment, empowerment and economic development, and to enhance and develop the cultural understanding of our non-Indigenous workforce.

We are working towards genuine reconciliation, whereby Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider Australian community continue to build relationships based on mutual respect.

We seek to be part of an Australian community that recognises and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultural identities, communities, economic empowerment and self-determination. 

Repurposing buses for a second life

The Second Life initiative seeks to address the evolving number of regional, societal and intergenerational challenges through the repurposing of end‑of‑service‑life transport assets, including buses, railway carriages, office equipment and IT equipment. These are removed from service and then adapted and used to support the delivery of wrap‑around services, including those to Aboriginal communities, young people, homeless groups and victims of domestic violence.

Work has been undertaken in 2018–19 to identify rolling stock that will be retired in the next 18 months to ensure that Second Life continues to maximise the benefits to communities and individuals across the state for many years to come. Successful initiatives include:

  • Macksville: Connects TAFE students with the main campus to promote collaboration, mentoring and job placements. In its first month, the bus transported 488 students.
  • Kempsey: Conversion of a 14.5-metre bus into a static art gallery to enable young Indigenous students to display their art to the community.
  • Bourke: Enables the local Indigenous community to have access to employment in a newly developed abattoir.
  • Queanbeyan: Provides transport for the outlying communities and enables junior community physical education activities to continue all year round.
  • Dubbo: Collaboration with the Office of Sport and South Rugby League to provide young indigenous players transport to regional NSW games.

Other project highlights

Six principles for Future Transport

The Future Transport 2056 Strategy is focused on six key principles for the future of mobility in the state, which together aim to positively impact the economy, communities and environment of NSW.

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