• Michael Andjelkovic

45 $550K Budget Funding Inadequate

23rd July 2018

I have to agree with the sentiments expressed by Mr Daley......“You can’t just shove hundreds of thousands of people into the western suburbs of Sydney … and not meet the reasonable expectation that community members have of providing them with … the local infrastructure that they need,” Opposition Minister Michael Daley said.


As for the Petition by Melanie Gibbons MP - in my opinion it's a smoke and mirrors attempt to take the focus away from the legislation that was due to implemented by the NSW LIBERAL Government but has had a deferral granted after action by the Labor Party at Council level.




Liverpool Champion - Car Parking Crisis Petition Update. 23rd July.

I had hoped for a better result from the NSW Liberal State government with all the innuendos being thrown around.


“In my opinion this is nothing more than a token gesture to stall for time and put the car-parking crisis petition on the back-burner until after the election due in March next year,” he said.


The Budget announcement for further investigation of the Car Parking Crisis is a smoke screen, a delaying tactic, a fob off by the NSW LIBERAL Government, in my opinion.

$550,000 in funds were allocated for “investigations” into Car Parking but investigations into what ?


Melanie Gibbons MP said “The investigations will look into whether to go up, out, if we need to purchase land, and the like. It’s important to get it right."

VERY TRUE - Let's hope that this time it is done right as the projected demand figures on which the Car Parks were originally built were obviously stuffed up.


LIVERPOOL CHAMPION ARTICLE - Plans worth $½m opposed

https://www.liverpoolchampion.com.au/story/5541603/plans-worth-12m-opposed/?fbclid=IwAR24MQY4o-4SLBcuu1tcWsm5myueFQvrxmCNNTQHePfJzCqUJ0xhBPRnryE

The NSW Government committed $550,000 to plan for better commuter car-parking at Edmondson Park and Casula train stations, however, it’s been called “inadequate”.


Outrage over the shortage of car spaces emerged after a Prestons resident created a petition which gathered more than 5000 signatures in a matter of weeks.

The resident who formed the petition, Michael Andjelkovic, said he hoped for a better result from the state government.


“In my opinion this is nothing more than a token gesture to stall for time and put the car-parking crisis petition on the back-burner until after the election due in March next year,” he said.


“Compared to the $18-million election promise from the Labor Party – which I still would like a few more details for – it's not a real commitment to fix the problem being experienced by commuters.” 


On Monday opposition spokeswoman for roads Jodi McKay and Labor candidate for Holworthy Charishma Kaliyanda met with residents outside Edmondson Park station. 

Ms McKay and Ms Kaliyanda said several residents had contacted them after recently being slammed with fines for parking illegally. 

In response, Ms McKay called for the state government to match Labor’s promise of $18 million, if they’re elected.


“Our visit this morning is a reminder to our commitment and to highlight what this Government is not doing,” she said.

“Their commitment is not adequate and if Melanie Gibbons did seek to represent her electorate there would be more funds on the table but they haven’t got any outside of planning.

“We’re calling for them to match Labor’s commitment – show us the money!”

She said she experienced the frustration herself.

“So many people park illegally and I parked half a kilometre from the station today so I could find a legal spot. I can’t believe Ms Gibbons let it get to this point where people have to park on the footpath. If she was doing her job we would’ve seen work well under way now.

“She simply hasn’t been doing her job.

“This has been going on for years and she hasn’t addressed it.

“It’s a new station and it should have the infrastructure supporting it for a growing population.”


Ms Kaliyanda said residents see through the offer.

“I think a lot of residents realise the fact the NSW Government is actually not engaging with concerns in a meaningful way. More ‘investigations’ are not going to be immediately improve the situation.”


Meanwhile, Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons hit back at Ms McKay’s comments.

“I find it ironic that the Labor Party are complaining about parking at a station that they were never able to build in the first place,” Ms Gibbons said.

“The Labor Party have a horrendous track record at promising projects and then just cancelling them. Who is to say their recent announcement won’t be axed, like many others were when they were last in power.


“Already we’ve seen that the Labor Party are prepared to neglect south-west Sydney, opting to cancel the construction of the south-west Metro should they get into office and diverting these funds to other areas.”


She explained why funds were only allocated for “investigations”. 

“The investigations will look into whether to go up, out, if we need to purchase land, and the like. It’s important to get it right.


“Labor have announced what they believe to be a final figure – but have gone about it the wrong way. It’s just irresponsible. We are doing the leg-work now to ensure we get the best result. 

“I want to achieve the best possible outcome for our area – and wouldn’t quote a figure without doing investigations and planning first, and without doing the responsible thing, on behalf of the taxpayer, of going out to tender to get the best price.”

She said an on-demand shuttle bus service is now available.



MY THOUGHTS ON THE $550K INVESTIGATION FUNDING


When you sit down and think about it you have to ask WHY ARE INVESTIGATIONS NECESSARY WHEN BOTH EDMONDSON PARK AND LEPPINGTON STATIONS ARE LOCATED IN THE TOWN CENTRES OF MASTER PLANNED COMMUNITIES AND THOSE PLANS ARE ALREADY APPROVED AND IN PLACE? THE ZONING IS SET, AREAS ALLOCATED AND EVEN POPULATION DENSITY KNOWN.


Following the Car Parking Crisis Petition Update on the 23rd July 2018 in the Liverpool Champion I posted that The Budget announcement for further investigation was a smoke screen, a delaying tactic, a fob off by the NSW LIBERAL Government to try and put the Car Parking Crisis on the back burner until after the NSW State Election, in my opinion.


$550,000 in funds were allocated for “investigations” only into the Car Parking Crisis.


Melanie Gibbons MP said “The investigations will look into whether to go up, out, if we need to purchase land, and the like. It’s important to get it right."


And it is important to get things right however, as I said at the beginning of the post the master plans have already been determined so we can only hope that they were right to begin with.


It's a bit late now for the Government to start thinking about buying more land for Car Parking.


Regards


Michael AndjelkovicJP

Independent Community Campaigner for Liverpool

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