MEDIA RELEASE - Statement from Sutherland Shire Mayor Steve Simpson

Published On 24 February 2021 at 06:00 PM

Sutherland Shire Council received written notification from TfNSW today rejecting viable alternative sites we put forward that would enable the State Government to deliver on their 2019 election commitment for a commuter carpark at Jannali.

Council has worked swiftly over the past week to put forward a number of alternative sites to support the delivery of a 200 space commuter carpark, none of which would result in local residents losing their homes.

Council, in its discussions has always maintained that the existing Council car park at Box Lane next to Jannali Station is an acceptable location to deliver a vibrant, integrated town centre solution, that would offer both TfNSW 200 commuter carparking spaces as well as retail carparking for the benefit of the broader Jannali community and local businesses.

Such outcomes require consultation and careful consideration. It’s unfortunate that the State Government’s arbitrary timeframe of delivery by the first half 2023 could not be extended to allow for this win:win outcome.

We understand that the State Government is keen to see infrastructure delivered quickly and to stimulate the economy. To this end Council has put forward an alternative, lower cost option, that benefits the State’s tax payers by providing 200 ground level commuter carparking spaces at Oxley Ave and Jannali Ave and on TfNSW and Council land (see attached schematic).

These are all permanent solutions and all within close proximity to the Jannali station, meeting the TfNSW criteria.

Council encourages TfNSW to consider their other landholdings along the T4 line to deliver commuter carparking within the Sutherland Shire that doesn’t require the displacement of residents from their homes. Council and the Jannali community would be keen to learn more about TfNSW’s future rail augmentation as part of its More Trains More Services Program, including timing and scope.

Our Council remains committed to supporting the delivery of a commuter carpark but not at the expense of local residents and their right to live in their own homes.

Council is offering its professional expertise necessary to support TfNSW in exploring the options that still exist which would provide a better return for NSW taxpayers and for our community.

Our Council and our community are united on this issue. The State Government must immediately halt its six month compulsory acquisition deadline. We will not support any proposal that denies any local resident the right to live peacefully in their own home, without facing the threat of unnecessary and unfair compulsory acquisition.

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