[CAMWEST-discuss] [Fwd: Western Sydney Parklands Track incomplete]
robkemp at tpg.com.au
Sun Feb 3 11:29:56 EST 2008
Below is a copy of an email sent to Frank Sartor regarding the opening
of the Western Sydney Parklands Track.
There is a lot more that can and probably should be said. eg Where is
their 'Quality control'? A section of uncompleted path; One dangerous
road crossing and one less than ideal; A sign pointing the opposite
direction to what it's supposed to; Lack of signage in some areas.
How does this reflect on Bicycle NSW, who were seen 'endorsing' the route?
I'm not sure where this communication with Western Sydney cycling
groups, hinted at in the press release, got to. I know that many of us
could've pointed the above things out and made suggestions if consulted.
Maybe the Dept of Planning might not have looked as incompetent as they
do now (at least in my eyes!!)
Was there really any contact made with cycling groups?
Track Website: http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/westernsydneypark/track.asp
Frank Sartor contact details:
Route on Bikely:
To the Hon Frank Sartor, Minister for Planning.
My name is Rob Kemp, and I'm a member of one of Western Sydney's main
cycling advocacy groups, CAMWEST ( http://camwest.pps.com.au).
I was excited to hear that the full length of the Western Sydney
Parklands Track was finally opened on January 24th. I was not overly
impressed to discover several days later that one section of the
'opened' track has not even been constructed as yet.
Track users are met with locked gates at both the southern side of Power
St, Glendenning and the northern end of Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside.
There is no signage at either of these points for detours around the
What is going on? Are you being honest with the people of Western Sydney?
What would happen if an announcement like this were made of a new road,
but one section in the middle hadn't been constructed as yet?
Whilst the track is enjoyable to ride along, I have a major safety
concern with the track's crossing of Richmond Rd. I feel it is in a
very dangerous position. I'd be happy to discuss this and several other
issues with the relevant people.
You or one of your representatives would be welcome to join us for a
ride of the track next Saturday, Feb 9th. For details, see
I look forward to your reply.
http://www.robkemp.id.au - Trying to live more sustainably
Ph (h) 02 9864 8797 (w) 02 9296 1561
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