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Summary of Kevin Conelly Q&A

27 Sep 2018 4:24 PM | Deleted user
A large number of members attended a special meeting of the Riverstone Scholfields Chamber on Monday 24 Sep 18 to discuss the proposed Schofields West and Marsden Park North precincts with Kevin Conolly, State Member for Riverstone.

During the 1.5 hours meeting Mr. Conolly responded to a number of questions raised by members ranging from specific concerns to ideas on cohesive infrastructure implementation. The Member for Riverstone conceded he personally had little power to change the plans however assured the crowd that all submissions are considered by the Department of Planning and offered advice on the best way to achieve the best outcomes.

Mr. Conolly was appreciative of the input of members who pointed out discrepancies between the plan and real world examples.

After discovering the changes he said “Sometimes bureaucrats make decisions without consulting with Government” and “they also sometimes overstep their authority.” In these specific cases he offered to follow up with the relevant Departments and report back to the Chamber.

Members agreed that a united voice was the most effective way to influence the any final decisions.

The key points raised by members were:
  • Schofields West submission responses
  • Marsden Park North submission responses
  • Infrastructure is needed before the development begins
  • The need to get trucks off Garfield Road and get families back
  • The Bandon Road bypass needs to be a significantly higher priority
Raising Riverstone station and the rail line

When asked about the Riverstone CBD Mr. Conolly pointed the finger squarely at local council.

“You have 2 options, either the council develops it or they sell it to private investors.”

He agreed to a further meeting with the Chamber and council representatives to work towards a solution to revitalising the town centre after members pointed out that the Council is blaming the State Government and vice versa.

The date for this meeting will be gazetted to members when it’s confirmed.

In coming months, the Chamber will also be meeting with Blacktown City Council Mayor, Stephen Bali, Labor Candidate for Riverstone, Annmarie Christie, the Shadow Minister for Transport, Jodi McKay, and the Opposition Leader, Luke Foley.

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