Member For Strathfield, Jodi McKay, today called on the NSW Government to roll up its sleeves and start working with Strathfield Council on plans to transform Strathfield CBD into a commercial, residential and cultural hub in the Inner West.
Ms McKay said that yesterday’s (March 7) announcement identifying Strathfield Station as a significant interchange for the Strathfield to Parramatta light rail route presented an opportunity to put the redevelopment of Strathfield firmly back on the agenda.
“The light rail interchange presents an exciting opportunity for a cooperative approach to the Strathfield Town Centre between the State Government, Council and Strathfield businesses,” Ms McKay said.
“With a transport interchange linking light and heavy rail with our bus network, we now need the Government, and in particular Urban Growth, to come to the table and start planning for a better, more beautiful, and more functional Strathfield CBD.
“Strathfield Council has so far been left to do all the heavy lifting on this issue – and the vision they have set out is impressive.
“With State Government involvement, we could start to see some concrete action on the revitalisation of Strathfield CBD, transforming the precinct into a vibrant and dynamic centre for retail, residential, cultural and even educational opportunities.”
To ensure businesses in Strathfield and Burwood understand the opportunities Light Rail would provide Ms McKay said she would be holding a forum on the project in conjunction with the Sydney Olympic Park Business Association on 30 March.
“Linking Strathfield with Olympic Park and Parramatta represents a number of opportunities for our area,” Ms McKay said.
“We need to be ahead of the planning game in ensuring the Strathfield CBD is positioned to meet and capture these opportunities.
Ms McKay said she is also supporting Light Rail from Strathfield Station along Parramatta Road to Camperdown as part of the Parramatta Road renewal strategy.
“The Government has indicated it is considering light rail as part of the renewal strategy and discussion on how that could connect to the new Strathfield interchange needs to be considered.
“Today I have again written to the Minister for Planning requesting that the Government look at the potential of the Strathfield end of the light rail route and start working with Council and other stakeholders in planning for the future of the Strathfield CBD.