Several changes brought by Sydney CBD light rail upgrade

Transportation is always a big concern for the public. Sydney, as a renowned metropolis, the public transportation has a big room to improve. According to the report of ABC news, this project arousing controversy which more or less affecting the CBD commuters and related businesses. In this level, I would dig into the new transport design bringing what changes in the present and future Sydney.


Based on the proper resources, the light rail project mainly aiming to relieve the increasing CBD transportation pressure, shorten commuting time and enhance the city competitiveness. Approximate $2 billion investment will put into paving the tunnel. Moreover, the CBD and South East Light Rail project is estimated cost about $500 million in total. The official department claims that the new light rail will deliver significantly greater benefits for Sydney. As payback of the massive investment, traffic integration, increased capacity, simpler transfer and possible business chance could be surely expected.

However, the instantly visible inconveniences also become a difficult issue to cope. One of the most noticeable changes is the transport burden has massively boosted in Elizabeth Street due to the Pitt Street closed. Even some favours alternative arrangements for buses instead of a light-rail line through the CBD, concerned the impact on Elizabeth Street from a sharp increase in buses, which could result in long lines of vehicles.

The opposition leader Luke Foley also claimed that the light rail project is either cannot bring a long-term return or solve heart area traffic congestion mostly. Put it simply, and the new light rail will occupy the whole road so that block other go through the main street. Furthermore,  certainly affected businesses cannot get compensation by this construction.

Therefore, I am going to write my news feature story by leading up a personal angle story. For example, I will randomly interview some citizens, retailers, officers, then pick up one most engaging story in the opening paragraph. After that, briefly, introduce the background information (e.g. the initial reason for planning this project, the necessity of this the light rail, etc.)and different opinion from various behalves. Lastly, listing supporting data to illustrate specific questions and adding a few comments.
Considering the news feature title keywords’changes’, I would like to interview three groups. Firstly, I am planning to ask some shop owners who shop located along Pitt Street. The main aim is to research the secondly, collecting some ideas from the random pass by pedestrians, which may bring diversify answers based on different background. Lastly, contacting with the project officer ask them the official estimation of benefits and challenges regarding the upgrade.

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“The project will present some significant challenges so it’s important that we draw on international experience to assess the best ways to procure, construct, operate and maintain light rail.”(Gladys Berejiklian, 2013)

As this is a news feature story, the target publication platforms could be Sydney Morning Harold, ABC News, Daily Mail and so on.


Post by Wu Yingrui(Rebecca)

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Why Daigou wipe out Australia market?

Costy Williams is a mother who is living in Sydney, she published a post on the Facebook and said she could not find any Bellamy milk power in Coles around 20 kilometers. Some Australians complained Chinese ‘Daigou’ and buyers bought all the milk powder from supermarkets, even some people posted several pictures about Chinese people ‘wiped out’ Bellamy and Aptamil milk powder in the supermarket.


Generally, for buyers, Daigou is to find other people who lives in other countries or cities to buy the products that they need. For sellers, they buy the products with cheap price and sell to buyers with high price to earn profits, especially for the sellers who are living in foreign countries.


Australia is famous for their milk industries, and the price is not very expensive, so it is popular in China. With the rise of Chinese population, the demand of milk powder also increases rapidly. After the melamine-contamination scandal was reported, it has shaken Chinese people’s faith in the safety of the nation’s food supply. Thus, they target at foreign markets. Thus, Chinese people began to earn the profits by bulk-buying baby formula.

More and more local people reflect the lack of milk powder has impacted their daily life, Australian Government began to recognize this serious situation, so they stipulated that small exports of baby formula are legal but those over 10kg must be sourced from registered export establishments, have a health certificate and meet all of China’s import requirements. Failure to meet these standards can incur penalties of up to 12 months’ jail, while providing false information can result in five years in jail.


Among the Daigo people, Chinese students in Sydney occupy a huge part in it. You can always see lots of Chinese students bring many baby milk powder to Daigou store and post to China. In Daigou stores, the customers always students. In Sydney, the price is higher than China, so in their spare time, some students may find part-time jobs to earn money, but comparing with other jobs, Daigou Australia products seems like it is a good and fast way to earn more money to support their life.

The feature mainly focuses on why they want to do Daigou under the high-risk, what people treat Daigou, is all Chinese people’s fault about laking of baby formula and is the regular really work for Daigou?

I plan to interview some students who are doing Daigou and telling what they are thinking about Daigou. Besides, I also want to interview the boss of Daigou store to find out who are providing baby formula to them. Also, if it is possible, interviewing the staff of Coles and Woolworth is a good way to know how they treat about lacking of milk powder.

The story target at local people and Chinese students, maybe government staffs can be interested in this report to know more about Daigou. Therefore, target online publication could be the newspapers which have high circulation, such as the Sydney Morning Herald and ABC news.

Xuan Guo

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Liz Burke (2016).Trade secrets: The inside story of the baby formula grey market. Retreived from

Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing (2003). Marketing in Australia of Infant Formulas: Manufacturers and Importers Agreement – The MAIF Agreement.