Labor’s retiree tax unfair

Darryn Capes-DavisOpinion

My parents have worked hard through their lives. Now at a time of their lives when they are vulnerable, Labor plans to rip through their hard-earned savings with a tax grab like no other. Dad (my stepfather) worked with BP for most of his career before becoming a part time TAFE teacher in English, Maths and Engineering. Mum worked as … Read More

Labor behind the times on New Intercity Fleet

Darryn Capes-DavisEngineer, Opinion

First it was ABC pedalling bargain basement journalism. Now State MP Trish Doyle has been quoted glibly saying that the New Intercity Fleet don’t fit the tracks. The New Intercity Fleet (NIF) train project will deliver improved amenities including wider seats with arm rests and more space, dedicated space for luggage, prams, bicycles and wheelchairs. For that wider trains are required, … Read More

Housing for everybody

Darryn Capes-DavisCommunity, Opinion, Parramatta LGA

Amanda and I are lucky to have a place to call home. We have the one property in Carlingford which is our home where we have lived the last 13 years. However not everyone is lucky to have a place to call home. For those without a home there is a great need for support housing of various forms, be … Read More

Bargain basement journalism – ABC behind the times

Darryn Capes-DavisEngineer, Opinion

You know the feeling when you find a cheap read, only to find it’s a reprint of an old tale. That’s what I felt when reading the ABC report NSW inter-city train costs face blowout to make fleet fit tracks on Blue Mountains line. I was even more disturbed to hear the old news pedalled out as new on the … Read More

South Australia set to destroy energy market

Darryn Capes-DavisEngineer, Opinion

Solar panels and electricity towers.

First up, let me say that I am no expert on the energy market but I am trying to follow the current discussion closely, especially with my Engineering hat on. Much discussion around energy supply in South Australia focuses on issues of last September and this February. The SA state blackout experienced last September was rooted in the extreme damage … Read More