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Bankstown Council's decision to cut commuter parking at Marion Street carpark tainted by irregularities and possible misconduct.
Bankstown Council recently decided to massive reduce commuter parking at the Marion Street carpark, Bankstown Railway station, from 250 to approximately 139, even though the Council's own data (based on the 2006 Census) showed that approximately 1,502 Bankstown residents commute to work by train.
The Council (purposely or otherwise) failed to publicly disclose the extent of its proposal to massively reduce commuter parking by omitting to include any details in the "Draft Bankstown City Centre Car Parking Strategy” (BCC/001634) when it was released for public consultation between January and February 2009. The Council made the final decision behind council chambers in July 2009 without proper public scrutiny and debate on the merits of the proposal. All that the public was informed of was a generic car parking strategy without specifics on the proposal to cut commuter parking for users of Bankstown station by almost half.
My review of Bankstown's Council meeting minutes and internal reports suggests signs of serious irregularities, untruths and possible misconduct in the manner in which the decision was made. I have started a blog and discussion group to outline and share my findings with Bankstown commuters:
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