Penrith City Council has made a detailed submission to a state government inquiry into commuter parking across the state.
In a statement released today (Monday), Mayor John Thain said council had highlighted the community’s need for “increased, convenient and safe commuter car parking options” around the region’s railway stations.
Council was aware the need for parking often outweighed supply, and access to commuter parking at stations not only reduced road congestion but made for a better quality of life for locals, he said.
“Commuting long distances to work is unavoidable for many of our residents and can be very stressful. We also know that struggling to find parking before you start your journey makes things even harder,” said Cr Thain.
“Council is working to find practical solutions to reduce stress on commuter car-parking around our city. But we can’t do it alone – this is also the state government’s responsibility.
“It’s important to recognise the role Penrith plays as a regional centre and the attractiveness of the western rail line to commuters from across the broader region. Parking at Penrith, St Marys and Emu Plains Railway Stations is in high demand.
“Providing commuter parking solutions across our city is at the forefront of council’s mind. However, we also recognise that it is not the only answer - we need to create local jobs for local people.
“We want to create a vibrant and energetic city where people can live and work, where there isn’t a need to travel hours on a train every day. Our target is to create up to 55,000 new jobs in Penrith by 2031, providing a sustainable future for our residents.
“Penrith is a growing city, and so too is our opportunity to shape the way we live and work. We look forward to working with the State Government and this inquiry is a step in the right direction,“ Cr Thain said.