Page 1743 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 8 May 2013

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government for its outcomes. The master plan was also widely supported by key stakeholders, with most feedback being very positive on the master plan. So it is a good example of the government working with the community, business and other interested stakeholders collaboratively to identify issues and strategies to resolve those issues. That is why we did the master planning process. The ESD Directorate is now exploring more detailed feasibility for some of the actions identified in the master plan so that the master plan outcomes can be realised as soon as possible.

Implementing the master plan will improve the traffic and parking arrangements in Erindale. The Erindale traffic plan reported that the traffic issues were compounded by a lack of parking supply predominantly during the weekend and evening peak periods, particularly along Gartside Street; congestion at the main intersections within the centre; problems with vehicle circulation routes; and disconnected and unsafe pedestrian routes which prevented people from walking to where they needed to go.

We have heard that sufficient parking is important for the successful operation of the centre, and the Erindale traffic plan provided some immediate and short-term recommendations to alleviate traffic and parking issues around the centre. These include providing smaller parking areas around the centre to increase supply; better management of existing car parking, including the formalisation of some current informal car parking areas; and improving pedestrian linkages to other, underutilised parking areas in Erindale.

The master plan recommends a range of longer term solutions, including modifying intersections with traffic lights and pedestrian crossings; expanding the road network to allow more efficient traffic circulation, particularly the extension of Ricardo Street to Erindale Drive, and two new streets, new Gartside Street to the south, and new Wynne Street to the north, which would supply additional on-street parking; as well as reconfiguring the existing car park north of the shopping centre to increase parking spaces.

There are currently 1,554 parking spaces at Erindale. The master plan provides approximately 1,200 new spaces over the period of the plan, with the future total being approximately 2,700, and these would be provided as a mixture of surface, structured and underground parking. The master plan sets out what needs to be done, and the government is now working towards achieving the outcomes of the plan as adopted.

The government understands that the Capital Edge Community Church plan to increase their congregation and have a desire to utilise the unleased territory land adjacent to their church for additional parking. This unleased land is currently zoned for community facilities in part and is in part zoned urban open space. There are also concerns that it could be subject to some flooding. A car park for the church on this land will require flood investigation. The Erindale master plan has also identified a smaller piece of land south of the Capital Edge Community Church that may be suitable in the longer term.

So to allow some of the master plan outcomes to take effect, a precinct code is required to the territory plan variation process. ESDD have advised me that a draft of

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