BY OUR CIVIC ROUNDSMAN
Eastwood is to get a new multi-storey carpark on the existing Rowe Street East Ryde Council carpark site. Ryde Mayor Clr Jerome Laxale recommended to last night’s Ryde Council meeting that $550,000 be allocated to design costs and that the new multi-storey carpark be constructed in the term of the current Council.
The new carpark would be three to four levels with up to 200 much-needed parking spots. Ryde Mayor Jerome Laxale said the short stay carpark will be built at the current site of the Rowe Street east car park on Eastwood’s Korean shopping village strip and will be completed in the current term of the council.
It follows the rejection of a long stay commuter car park at the site proposed by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Ryde MP Victor Dominello prior to the last State election and rejected by the Korean Chamber of Commerce and the local community.
Mayor Laxale said the cost would be funded by developer contributions to council.
Last night’s Ryde Council meeting agreed to making $550,000 available immediately to fund preparation of a preferred design for the provision of 150-200 car capacity facility on the existing Rowe Street East car park “to support the full and proper functioning of the eastern town centre with the public car park to specifically provide parking for shoppers and not commuters”.
A comprehensive community consultation process would take place as soon as a concept design was available.
A commuter car park to be funded by the state government in Eastwood is still under review by council staff although the Mayor has ruled out building it under Eastwood Oval, as proposed by Roads and Maritime Services experts.
“This new car park in Rowe Street is the biggest increase in public parking places in Eastwood in almost 50 years and it doesn’t involve the destruction of Eastwood Oval,” Mayor Laxale said.
“I was elected on the promise of saving Eastwood Oval from Ryde MP Victor Dominello’s bulldozers and increasing public parking in Eastwood.
“With the support of my colleagues, we have now achieved that.
“I look forward to the full findings of Council’s traffic and parking study which will reveal what more can be done to ease congestion around Eastwood’s town centre.”
The new car park will result in the temporary closure of the existing site during the construction phase.