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City of Parramatta Council's formal submission to the Parramatta Light Rail Project's Stage 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has reaffirmed Council's strong support for the project, while highlighting key concerns and making a number of recommendations to ensure the project meets the needs of present and future residents, workers and visitors to the city.

Council’s submission acknowledges the many environmental, social and economic benefits light rail will deliver for the Greater Parramatta area.

These include:

  • Significantly improving public transport options and connectivity
  • Supporting strong growth projections
  • Connecting major employment centres and activity nodes
  • Connecting existing and new residential communities
  • Being the first stage of a new light rail ‘network’ centred around Parramatta CBD
  • Improving the public domain

Once completed, Parramatta Light Rail will deliver significant economic development and urban transformation along the rail corridor.

Council is concerned there may be impacts on local business, particularly along Church Street, during the construction phase. CoP supports a Construction Management Plan to specifically address the economic impacts and provide business continuity strategies for commercial centres along the proposed alignment.

City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said effective and timely community engagement is critical for a construction project of this size.

“Council has already established a Community and Business Advisory Committee and is looking forward to working with Transport for NSW to engage with the community throughout the construction of this transformative project.

“As a key stakeholder Council will be working with, and encouraging the Government to look at innovative ways to minimise the impact on the City during its construction.

“This includes staging construction to reduce the effect on local trade during peak times and the provision of support services for local businesses,” Cr Wilson said.

Other matters raised in Council’s EIS submission include:

  • The need for more urban design detail in 2018 ahead of procurement of major contracts
  • Direct impact on 860 on-street parking spaces, with a need to work collaboratively with Transport for NSW on an offset parking strategy
  • Impact on more than 2000 trees
  • Impact on Robin Thomas Reserve and heritage/archaeology sites

View City of Parramatta’s submission (go to page 600)

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