On the same day Sydney eased a number of restrictions as part of the state's reopening from COVID-19 shutdowns, Fairfield opened their own key piece of infrastructure in Cabramatta.
On Monday morning, Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone along with city manager Alan Young and councillors Sera Yilmaz, Dai Le, Adrian Wong and Peter Grippaudo officially opened the new $17.6 million Dutton Plaza car park located at the corner of Hughes Street and Dutton Lane.
The new car park, which adjoins the existing multi-storey car park, provides an additional 219 new car park spaces for the busy Cabramatta town centre and takes the total number of car park spaces to 991 in the precinct. Council expects to provide an additional 350,000 parking spaces per year with the Dutton Plaza Car Park redevelopment.
The car park's multi-colour facade is one of the many features of the design which includes a designated loading area for service vehicles which will take loading traffic off surrounding streets.
Other features of the car park include:
- Environmentally sensitive urban design features including sensor LED lighting, solar panels and a bio-filtration irrigation system that harvests rain water for the surrounding garden beds.
- Increased CCTV and clear sight lines throughout for improved safety and security.
- Electric car charging stations located on the top level.
- New parents room with baby change table.
- Bicycle parking area.
- Sections of Hughes Street, Dutton Lane, and surrounding pedestrian pathways also received an upgrade as part of the development, including new public seating and landscaped areas.
- New lift and pedestrian connection to Dutton Plaza
The new car park will operate under the same timed and paid system with prices starting at $2 for the first two hours.
"The timing couldn't be better. As we reopen our city to locals and visitors, we are pleased to be able to open a new carpark for Cabramatta. We are continuing our investment in Cabramatta by responding to community priorities with the provision of more car parking spaces," Mr Carbone said.
"Cabramatta is a must-visit destination for all of Sydney. It is the epicentre of Vietnamese and Asian dining, shopping and culture.
"We have listened to local residents, businesses and visitors who have all told us that they want convenient access to parking in the Cabramatta town centre so they can get on with their daily lives with minimal fuss.
"Council is committed to supporting local businesses, and this car park will go a long way in supporting shoppers and businesses in this popular destination."