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Government gives with one hand and takes with the other

Government gives with one hand and takes with the other The NSW Government is set to demolish part of a major park in Bankstown’s CBD, to widen Stacey Street. Yes  

The NSW Government is set to demolish part of a major park in Bankstown’s CBD, to widen Stacey Street.

Mayor of the City of Canterbury Bankstown, Khal Asfour, said it was about time the Government finally announced plans to start work on Stacey Street, but it should not come at a cost to the environment and the enjoyment of local residents.

"Like any developed CBD, Bankstown has limited recreation space, so we cherish what we have," Mayor Asfour said.

Council understands work will start on a 700-metre stretch of road mid-year and occur in three stages, with a portion of Stevens Reserve, on the corner of Stacey and Stanley Streets, taken in the final stage:

  • Stage One (June-December 2018) - widening of southbound lanes of Stacey Street, between Macauley Avenue and Stanley Street, to provide three lanes, and extending the dual right-turn bay on Stacey Street to allow a right turn into Macauley Avenue;
  • Stage Two (February 2019) - widening of northbound lanes of Stacey Street, between Macauley Avenue and Stanley Street, to provide three lanes - turning one of the left-turn lanes into a right-turn lane on Macauley Avenue, for motorists travelling onto Fairford Road - and widening Fairford Road to provide three northbound lanes and a left-turn lane at the intersection of Macauley Avenue; and
  • Stage Three (late 2019) - widening Stanley Street to create a more direct route to Salvia Avenue - adding dual right-turn lanes out of Stanley Street - extending the right-turn bay into Stanley Street, from Stacey Street - and installing a signalised pedestrian crossing across Salvia Avenue.

"On one hand we have the Department of Planning telling us we need to increase the number of parks, and on the other, Roads and Maritime Services is taking one for a road," Mayor Asfour said. "It’s quite clear one department is not talking to the other.

"This is a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul and both are getting a raw deal. We lose the park and instead of widening the two kilometre section of Stacey Street and Fairford Road, between the M5 and Hume Highway, the Government is applying a baindaid over a 700-metre stretch.

"We have been waiting way too long for the Government to set about fixing what is one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in Sydney. More than 9,000 vehicles use these roads in peak times alone and every one of those motorists knows only too well the frustrations that brings.

"It can be a virtual car park at times, regularly taking up to 30 minutes to travel between the M5 and Hume Highway. You can walk faster!

"We’ve provided solutions to the Government over the years to resolve the problem. We’re still waiting to see if they will finally listen to us and take frustrated motorists seriously."

For more information, visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/sfb-portal or call 1800 572 114.


 6/03/2018 3:52 PM