Cars will no longer be permitted to park on the grassland surrounding Kippax Lake, in a major win for green space and local residents.
The construction of a new, partially-underground,1500-vehicle car park adjacent to the Sydney Football Stadium redevelopment will put an end to outdoor parking on the grassland north of Kippax Lake.
Federal Member for Wentworth Dave Sharma, who has been advocating for the return of Kippax Lake to the public, warmly welcomed the decision.
“I’ve had a number of conversations with NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Stokes, about this issue, and made clear the strong desire of the local community to have Kippax Lake restored as accessible community green space, and no longer used as overflow car parking,”said Mr Sharma.
“This announcement today clears the way for the Kippax Lake area to be rehabilitated and transformed into a recreational space.We have seen how important access to green and open spaces is during this pandemic.”
“What was a sea of parking and muddy tracks will now become an open parkland, an enduring community asset that can be accessed and enjoyed by all.”
Mr Sharma congratulated Saving Moore Park for their tireless and patient advocacy to achieve this result.
“I look forward to continuing to work closely with NSW Ministers Rob Stokes and Natalie Ward to deliver on this important commitment, and see Kippax Lake returned for recreational use as soon as possible,” said Mr Sharma.
The precinct project, which will be funded by Venues NSW, is to be delivered in two stages, with the first stage to be operational by the end of 2022. The second stage will be completed in 2023. Works to rehabilitate ‘Upper Kippax’ will begin shortly.