Press release: Geoff Brown, North Ward

Geoff Brown an Independent candidate for North Ward says the Penrith Council election should be a referendum on traffic congestion and urban sprawl.
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Everyone in Penrith is affected by urban sprawl and over-development which is the main cause of why we are sitting in ever increasing traffic queues and driving around town longer and longer looking for a parking spot. It is why our infrastructure, no matter how new, just never copes.

Penrith Council, led by Ross Fowler, Jim Aitken, Greg Davies and John Thain have no concern with Penrith growing into the next Parramatta and they turn a blind eye to the pain experienced by Penrith residents due to their pro-development agenda. They are white anting our quality of life with their back room dealings with big business and developer lobby groups. Greg Davies, Penrith’s Labor Mayor, recently linked Councils Penrith is Here campaign with Lend Lease’s massive Jordan Springs development stating Penrith has ‘arrived’ is ‘now on the map’ as a result of a housing development.

Penrith Council is on the map for the destruction of its Cumberland Plain Woodland not housing.

Voters at this election need to rid Penrith of these pro-development Councillors who are lock step with developers profiting from the destruction of our quality of life. They have been in Council far too long and take it for granted that they will control Penrith’s future.

Today we have news that Duncan Gay, the NSW Road Minister, has welcomed a report flagging a new M9 Freeway that runs along the base of the Blue Mountains to link south and north western Sydney. This would mean a whopping big Freeway cutting through Penrith which would link to an extended M2 near Castlereagh. Such a Freeway would destroy large areas of bushland and farmland.

Penrith resident’s need Councillors that will oppose these proposals, not argue they are needed for the sake of never ending growth. My track record of opposition to inappropriate development demonstrates to voters that I will fight to protect their quality of life and our natural environment.

Whilst some Labor Councillors are only now questioning the NSW Liberal Government over its plans for 25,000 houses on farmland at Orchard Hills I first expressed opposition to this plan when I met with the NSW Government Planning Minister in February this year.

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