STORC members address to Penrith City Council on M9 and rail corridor

These points were made by Rob Kassouf for STORC in addressing PCC on the isues of M9 and rail corridor to date but they apply equally to many planning decisions by this council.


 The lack of process and notification to residents.

 The impact that recommending a 24 hr Freight rail and M9 motorway corridor through Orchard Hills and Claremont Meadows will have on the residents. Whilst waiting for the corridor to be acquired, residents will be unable to sell their homes. This, according to councillor Bratusa will take between 50 to 70 years to occur, and will affect the property owners not only on the direct path of the corridor, but also surrounding the corridor.

 Then once construction and operation of a 24 hr Freight rail and M9 motorway occurs, those left with properties of diminished value will have all the associated noise and air pollution issues associated with living close to a 24 hr Freight rail and M9 motorway.

 Councillors of South Ward have an obligation to represent the residents of the South Ward, yet no direct notification or consultation was made to the broad South Ward community, let alone the people whose lounge rooms you had recommended become a freeway or a 24 hours freight rail track. Your job is to represent the people of your ward, not decide for them.

 Whilst you were recommending the destruction of people’s homes, your constituents were going about life, raising families, renovating homes and even building new homes which council continue to approve to this day.

 We were oblivious that our elected representatives were making decisions that will forever alter our lives and our communities.

 What is of grave concern is that councillor Davies went so far as to recommend that the corridor reservation process be fast tracked. Was this recommendation to fast track an effort to have the corridor reserved before those directly affected found out?

 Did councillors not think the issue of recommending a corridor through communities not warrant notifying those residents? Are we so insignificant not to warrant a letter? You could have slipped the letter into the rates notice to save postage if that was the issue.

 Community cynicism grew when residents had to resort to applying under the Government Information Public Access Act to obtain information regarding the likely impacts on our community. This had to be done not once, but twice in order to obtain information that should have been made readily available to Penrith residents.

 All councillors present at the June 2 briefing were made aware of the likely impacts the chosen corridor would have on Claremont Meadows and Orchard Hills, yet you still supported a 24 hr Freight rail and M9 motorway go through our homes and community, you still did not think it necessary to advise or consult the community and you still recommended to fast track the 24 hr Freight rail and M9 motorway corridor be reserved.

 The community have a right to feel betrayed, deceived by their elected representatives. The community are justified to question if you even read and comprehend the reports presented to you before you vote on issues that affect people’s lives.

 I urge councillors to withdraw their corridor recommendation to Transport NSW, and re-apply the correct process of resident notification and community consultation, then make rational informed decisions based on representing your constituents. Maybe this time you can actually read the report before voting.

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