NSW planning minister Rob Stokes has agreed to restart community consultation on the Parramatta Road Urban Transformation program, which Strathfield Labor MP Jodi McKay is clocking up as a win.
“Genuine consultation over Parramatta Road was my number one priority during the campaign, and I applaud the decision of Planning Minister Rob Stokes to roll out a serious consultation plan for the people of the inner west,” Ms McKay said.
“The previous minister [Pru Goward] ignored the community, and even her own agency, by cancelling almost 168 planned consultation events.
“This is a once in a lifetime chance to get the balance right in terms of development and infrastructure along Parramatta Road.
“Everyone agrees that Parramatta Road could be a lot more than it currently is.”
The project aims to revitalise the congested arterial route and incorporate new residential and commercial development.
However, modelling has revealed that the WestConnex toll road would increase traffic along the road, putting in jeopardy any revitalisation attempts.
The revitalisation of Parramatta Road was promised as a benefit of the WestConnex, however according to planning experts the delivery of the transformation program has been severed from the delivery of the WestConnex.
Ms McKay said she had met with Mr Stokes on several occasions and was confident he understood the challenges, as well as the community’s concerns over how the project was unfolding under the previous Minister.
“I want to work closely with the minister and UrbanGrowth to ensure the community is brought along and engaged throughout the process,” Ms McKay said. “There is sure to be robust debate and some tough decisions down the track – but at least we now have the opportunity to present our views.”