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The Mayor of the City of Canterbury Bankstown has called for a Commission of Inquiry, into the NSW Government’s proposed South West (Sydenham to Bankstown) Metro rail project.
Khal Asfour received the support of his fellow councillors overnight, when they also decided to seek support from all local State Members of Parliament, and agreed to cease negotiations with Transport for NSW, which is wanting leasehold acquisition of Council-owned land at 15 Close Street, Canterbury, to use as a compound site for the parking of construction workers’ vehicles; storage of construction materials; and office space in the old Canterbury Bowling Club building.
"I am disappointed it’s come to this but we really have no alternative," Mayor Asfour said.
"There has been very little effort made by the Government and its department, to work with us on creating the best transport outcome for our 360,000 residents.
"As it stands, the project will deliver nothing for Canterbury-Bankstown. In fact, it got even worse when the Government reviewed its plans and reduced the construction budget from around $1.2 billion to just $300 million.
"We just want to be treated fairly – any South West Metro needs to be designed to an equivalent level of quality, scope and investment as the City and North West Metro."
Council’s concerns include:
Council has previously recommended:
A working group be established with Council to re-design Bankstown and Campsie Stations;
Mayor Asfour said the precedent for an inquiry was set in June, when an inquiry, conducted by the Public Accountability Committee, was established into the impact of the Westconnex Project.
29/08/2018 10:58 AM