Message from the Deputy Mayor

Published on 30 August 2016



Update on Wentworth Ave and Page St intersection

Since early 2015, Council has been working quietly with its plans to improve the intersection at Wentworth Ave and Page St, Pagewood, after successive rejections by the State Government to acknowledge the significant impact traffic congestion is having on our residents. As many residents know, this intersection can become congested, especially during the late morning peak. An independent traffic study commissioned by Council identified this intersection as being in need of improvement. Council consulted with residents in the early stages to seek support and identify concerns.

We have now progressed the planning for this upgrade and money has been set aside the budget for the work to be done. The upgrade includes widening Page Street to include a left turn lane onto Wentworth Avenue (south side) and two dedicated right turn lanes travelling north on Page Street. The proposed works will allow for more traffic to get through the existing traffic lights and thus eliminating large traffic queues in Page St. Parking bays will be provided in Page St so as to limit the loss of parking. More importantly, the pedestrian crossing near the school would become a signalised crossing making it safer for pedestrians.

Council has now provided the draft plans to the RMS for feedback. Once received, any RMS feedback will be incorporated into the plans. Community consultation will then be undertaken before the final plans are approved by Council and work can begin.

Work is about to commence on the new linear park in Mascot

A new park is coming to Mascot! The previously inaccessible corridor of land from the corner of Gardeners Road and O’Riordan Street down to Coward Street, passing Church Avenue, Haran Street, and John Street will be transformed into a new linear park. After years of negotiations and coordination with a number of different State Government agencies, work is about to commence to transform this land into a community asset in the Mascot Station Precinct.

This is an exciting project, the park will not only be open space but will feature a new architecturally designed café and amenities buildings, two outdoor gym stations, outdoor table tennis facilities, picnic shelters and a barbeque area, open lawns, gardens and a terraced seating area and a children’s playground with natural play features. There will be three precincts to the new park. Precinct 1 – Coward Street to John Street; Precinct 2 – John Street to Church Avenue; and, Precinct 3 – Church Avenue to Gardeners Road. The three precincts will be linked by a three metre wide shared paved pathway which runs the entire length of the new park with raised crossings provided at John St and Church Ave.

Local Government Elections

Many of our residents have been calling into the Mayor’s Office at Eastgardens to find out about Local Government Elections this year. The State Government has widely advertised the elections being held in September. The City of Botany Bay, however like many other councils that are still waiting for a decision on mergers, will not be going to an election this year. So if you are a resident of the City of Botany Bay, there will be no election for our Council in September 2016.

Deputy Mayor
Stan Kondilios