RANDWICK COUNCIL SET TO INVEST $68 MILLION IN LIGHT RAIL
Media release - Randwick City Council
Thursday 17 April 2014
Randwick City Council has today, Thursday 17 April 2014, released a draft light rail support plan in response to the NSW Government’s CBD and South East Light Rail project which proposes to spend $68 million over five years to increase parking and support the introduction of light rail in Randwick City.
The draft support plan will be considered by Councillors at a Council Meeting on Tuesday 29 April 2014.
Contained within the plan are a series of recommendations, design revisions and detailed technical drawings in response to the Government's $1.6B light rail project which will run from Circular Quay to Randwick and Kingsford.
Mayor Scott Nash said the support plan is about ensuring Randwick City gets the most out of the new transport system.
"We welcome the introduction of light rail in Randwick City and commend the Government on their vision. Our draft plan is about supporting light rail and making sure Randwick City gets the most out of this once in a generation opportunity to revitalise our City," Mayor Nash said.
Council is proposing to allocate $68M over five years to:
Council is continuing to
work with Transport for NSW over the details of the proposed light rail lines
to Kingsford and Randwick.
Some of the issues that Council considers should be included in any Development
Agreement with Transport for NSW are:
Mayor Scott Nash said:
“Light rail will bring considerable benefits to our area. It will create between 500 and 700 jobs as a direct result of construction, and it will support the growth of more than 4,000 jobs in education health and research in Randwick City,” Mayor Nash said.
“But with the benefits also come many challenges and inevitable disruption to residents and businesses. Our plan is to ensure we address these as much as possible.
“I want everyone in Randwick City to know that Council is well aware of their concerns and that we are working hard on developing the right solutions. Although this is a State Government project, not a Council project, we’re working with all stakeholders to get the best outcome we can for our City,” Mayor Nash said.
The $68 million light rail support plan will be discussed by Councillors at this month’s public Council meeting on Tuesday 29 April 2014 at Randwick Town Hall starting at 6pm.