May 6, 2009

$5 million for Penrith Commuter Carpark

$5 million for Penrith Commuter Carpark

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 6 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure today announced the Rudd Labor Government would offer $5 million towards the construction of a new commuter car park at Penrith Railway Station in western Sydney.

Minister Albanese made the announcement today with Member for Lindsay, David Bradbury, NSW Minister for Transport, David Campbell, and Mayor of Penrith City Council, Jim Aitken.

This project is about taking more cars off local roads by making it easier to use public transport, and addressing high demand for car parking around Penrith’s CBD.

The Penrith commuter car park will also support jobs and encourage economic activity and retail investment in Penrith’s CBD.

The Rudd Government is providing this funding to Penrith City Council to contribute to the construction of the car park.

The project involves a multi-deck commuter car park to accommodate up to 1,000 cars on the north side of Penrith Railway Station.

There is no permanent commuter parking in Penrith at present, and temporary facilities are on land that is earmarked for either commercial development or road-widening projects.

There is a significant shortage of CBD parking for Penrith’s 178,000 residents, as well as local businesses, workers and visitors.

Federal funding is part of our $800 million Community Infrastructure Program – the largest one-off investment in local infrastructure in Australia’s history.

Through the Rudd Government’s economic stimulus package, we are investing in major projects like this to support local jobs and economies during the global recession.

This funding builds on $1.7 million that the Rudd Government has already delivered for 23 local projects in the Penrith City Council area this year.

It brings the Rudd Government’s investment in community infrastructure in Penrith to more than $6.7 million this year.

Nearly 70 per cent of the stimulus package is infrastructure, with construction projects already underway. More than 3,000 projects are being funded through the Government’s Community Infrastructure Program across Australia to support local jobs.