Plan to cre­ate a new hub


Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ali­son Bald­ing

SHOP­PERS head­ing to St Marys could be spoiled for choice, with plans afoot for a main street with eas­ier ac­cess to the two main shop­ping cen­tres, a larger town cen­tre and play spa­ces with wa­ter fea­tures.

Pen­rith Coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing re­clas­si­fy­ing public land in St Marys Town Cen­tre, a move that would al­low a more cen­tral shop­ping hub to be built.

Mayor Ross Fowler said the re­clas­si­fi­ca­tion from com­mu­nity to op­er­a­tional land was needed to al­low the coun­cil to carry out the town cen­tre strat­egy.

The pro­posal af­fects Kokoda and Lang parks, West Lane and Sta­tion St carparks, a coun­cil build­ing at 8-10 Carinya Ave and a laneway at 100A Queen St.

“The next step for the coun­cil is to re­clas­sify parts of the land, so we can con­sider op­por­tu­ni­ties to use it to cre­ate at­trac­tive public spa­ces, bring new busi­ness and in­vest­ment, and gen­er­ate jobs,” Cr Fowler said.

But other com­mu­nity lead­ers are wait­ing for more de­tail, fear­ing it could come at a cost of car park­ing and green space.

Cr Fowler said if the land was re­clas­si­fied it, could open the way for the con­struc­tion of a new town square, apart­ments near the train sta­tion, and a new street be­tween Queen St and Charles Hack­ett Drive, as well as the in­te­gra­tion of ex­panded shop­ping cen­tres with the town cen­tre.

He said the re­clas­si­fi­ca­tion would not af­fect avail­able park­ing spa­ces.

Coun­cil­lor Jackie Greenow said she agreed with the pro­posal’s aim, but would not sup­port it with­out more de­tail on where the green spa­ces would be.

“We’ve got to lift St Marys, but they need to be able to tell us where the green space is go­ing to be,” Cr Greenow said.

Town Cen­tre man­ager Paulette Adams agreed and said park­ing also needed to be a pri­or­ity.

“Re­mov­ing park­ing will cause a lot is­sues with com­muters,” Ms Adams said.

She said she could see the eco­nomic ben­e­fits of de­vel­op­ing the town cen­tre.

The pro­posal is on public ex­hi­bi­tion un­til Tues­day. De­tails: your­saypen­­tre.

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