Inner-west residents were today urged to push the GreenWay message before vital decisions are made on the Summer Hill flour mill development and the light rail extension’s detailed design.
The Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) will be holding a public meeting on Tuesday 20 November before deciding on the Summer Hill flour mill development. Additionally, Transport for NSW is undertaking consultation until 15 November on light rail design elements, including the layout of nine proposed stops and construction of a new Parramatta Rd bridge.
Both issues have the potential to provide important components of the GreenWay vision – allowing it to be built in stages even if the entire length is not funded by the government.
Inner-west councils have previously called for the flour mill site developer EG Funds Pty Ltd to make a contribution towards the 300m section of the GreenWay which runs alongside the site.
Unfortunately the development:
- Doesn’t make any financial contribution to the GreenWay
- Opposes the GreenWay path being built within the development site, despite this having the potential to increase the rail corridor area which could be re-generated as bushland;
- Will over-shadow the GreenWay, with new 10-storey buildings and extra storeys on the silos to block its afternoon sun (see diagram on this page showing the mid-winter 3pm shadow)
- Won’t include any bush care sites, despite this being requested by environmental groups during the public submission process
The PAC meeting is being held at 20 November 2012 at the Petersham RSL Club, 7 Regent Street, Petersham, with residents talking needing to register by November 14. Further details are available at www.pac.nsw.gov.au
In regard to the Transport for NSW consultation, the detailed plans contain both good and bad news for the GreenWay.
It’s promising that a small 100m section of walking and cycling path will be constructed near the Dulwich Grove stop between Hercules andNew Canterbury Rd, consistent with the GreenWay plan.
“However, if a GreenWay path can be constructed here, then it should be constructed in other parts of the corridor,” Friends spokesperson Jud Agius said.
Furthermore, access to a new pedestrian crossing alongside the western side of theParramatta Rdover-bridge will be via stairs – rather than a ramp which is more bike-friendly – while no bicycle lockers are being placed at any of the stops.
Transport for NSW is seeking feedback until 15 November on the line’s detailed design elements. Further information can be found at www.transport.nsw.gov.au/lightrail-program/inner-west-light-rail-extension Read our full media release here