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WAVERLEY councillors have voted to “explicitly reject” any proposal for a light rail along the Bondi Rd corridor.
Labor councillor Marjorie O’Neill submitted a motion at Tuesday night’s council meeting which passed, saying light rail on that stretch of road would “negatively impact on the Oxford St mall and Bondi Rd shops” and result in higher development density and loss of parking.
Waverley Mayor John Wakefield told Wentworth Courier a light rail could have “significant, if not devastating impacts” on local businesses.
A Bondi tram in the 1950s.Council has commissioned reports by external consultants investigating light rail
as a public transport option along the Bondi Rd corridor since 2012.
“This has created concern within the community,” Cr O’Neill wrote.
“With council’s consideration of the Waverley People Movement and Places Strategy
expected to be considered in December, it is important to ensure that the council policy position regarding light rail is clear.”
Cr O’Neill said council’s stance on light rail needed to be “unequivocal in order to guide any ongoing discussion and actions regarding public transport in Waverley”.
Before the meeting, former Liberal Mayor Sally Betts said the motion at Tuesday night’s meeting was pre-empting community consultation.
Oxford Street Mall in Bondi Junction.“It’s not about whether light rail is good or bad,” she said.
“We have not had that debate yet.”
Bondi Chamber of Commerce president Mary Anne Cronin said there were pros and cons to both sides of light rail along Bondi Rd.
“We do represent the businesses along Bondi Rd so we want to protect their interests,” she said. “But also we’re mindful of transport issues and problems we face in Waverley and how light rail can be a solution to that.”
Bondi Chamber of Commerce president Mary Anne Cronin. Picture: Craig Wilson
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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