14 Liverpool Leader article Labor commits $18 million to Carpark
Labor commits to $18m multistorey carpark at Edmondson Park train station
Cindy Ngo, Liverpool Leader 1st May 2018
An $18 million multistorey carpark would ease Edmondson Park’s commuter parking crisis, Labor announced last week.
NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley committed to an upgrade of the carpark at Edmondson Park railway station, which services a growing population in Sydney’s southwest.
He was joined by Macquarie Fields state Labor MP Anoulack Chanthivong, Labor candidate for Holsworthy Charishma Kaliyanda and Werriwa federal Labor MP Anne Stanley, who have long agitated for a solution to the area’s parking woes.
Michael Andjelkovic with resident Michael Botfield at Leppington train station. Mr Andjelkovic started a petition calling for multi-storey car parks at Edmondson Park and Leppington train stations. Picture: Melanie Russell
With the carpark full as early as 8am, commuters are often forced to park illegally on nature strips and in ‘no stopping’ zones.
Mr Foley said Labor’s announcement comes after months of campaigning by the local community, with a petition by Liverpool resident Michael Andjelkovic calling on the State Government to build a multistorey carpark amassing more than 5000 signatures in a fortnight.
Mr Foley said work on the project would start immediately if Labor was elected.
Commuters struggle to find a car park after 8am.Cars parked on the grass verge. Picture: Melvyn Knipe
“I am fully committed to giving Edmondson Park an $18 million dollar, multistorey commuter car park to help ease the headache for those just trying to get from A to B,” the opposition leader said.
“Carparks shouldn’t be a battleground for people who just want to get to work on time.”
Mr Chanthivong said a multistorey carpark would be a game changer for residents of southwest Sydney.
“Commuters are rightly frustrated and angry at the Liberal Government’s appalling inaction over the commuter car parking crisis at Edmondson Park.”
Ms Kaliyanda said the Berejiklian government had failed to prioritise the necessary infrastructure for growing suburbs.
“Residents in our community deserve the infrastructure they need to get to work without risking parking fines or worse,” she said.
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