COL­LEC­TION OF IDEAS COME TO­GETHER

Com­muters, shop­pers and work­ers have felt the dif­fi­cul­ties of find­ing park­ing as Pen­rith has con­tin­ued to ex­pand

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1 Pen­rith state MP Stu­art Ayres says since he was elected, his gov­ern­ment has built new mul­ti­storey carparks at Ne­pean Hos­pi­tal and Pen­rith Sta­tion, and opened com­muter park­ing at Glen­brook and Kingswood sta­tions.

2 Mayor John Thain said: “We put in $5 mil­lion (to­wards the Pen­rith Sta­tion carpark). It wasn’t our re­spon­si­bil­ity, but we put in the funds be­cause there was a des­per­ate need.”

3 The NSW Lib­eral Gov­ern­ment is now a 350-space carpark at the sta­tion and a $26 mil­lion carpark as part of the Stage Four Ne­pean Hos­pi­tal re­de­vel­op­ment (pic­tured).

3 Pen­rith Coun­cil ne­go­ti­ated a deal with Ur­ban Growth NSW to build a tem­po­rary 200-space carpark in Thorn­ton, to cover car space losses while the gov­ern­ment builds its decked com­muter carpark. It will pro­vide an­other 113 spots by April 18 in Thorn­ton, when Trans­port NSW closes part of Bel­more Street carpark for the con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion of a tem­po­rary bus in­ter­change.

4 The coun­cil has al­ready lifted park­ing re­stric­tions in Thorn­ton, to cre­ate 200 free park­ing spa­ces.

5 Cr Thain said through re­vised line­mark­ing, 80 more car spa­ces were cre­ated in Union Rd, where they will build a new 1000-space carpark by 2019. “We’re fo­cus­ing on three mul­ti­deck carparks into the fu­ture,” Coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive man­ager for en­vi­ron­ment and city de­vel­op­ment, Wayne Mitchell, said. “(When) will de­pend on de­mand and growth in the city cen­tre.”

Pen­rith Mayor John Thain and Coun­cil­lor Karen McKe­own at the site of the coun­cil's fu­ture Union Rd carpark. Pic­ture: Si­mon Bullard

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