Traders threatened by proposed removal of Sydney Road parking

The Andrews Government must act to protect Brunswick businesses against the proposed removal of parking along Sydney Road.

The Moreland City Council has announced plans to replace over 100 on-street parking spaces with bicycle only lanes on Sydney Road between Brunswick Road and Glenlyon Road.

This ill-conceived plan ignores the wishes of local business ratepayers, and threatens the livelihoods of local workers and business owners with reduced customer accessibility set to force various shops out of business.

The proposed bicycle lanes are unnecessary given that the existing Upfield Shared Path should remain open between Brunswick Road and Glenlyon Road throughout the duration of Skyrail level crossing removal works being undertaken more than two kilometres away in Coburg.

Instead of removing car parking from Sydney Road, the Andrews Government must work with Moreland City Council to ensure that upgrades are provided for the Upfield Shared Path in order to reduce the number of cyclists using Sydney Road.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Roads (Metropolitan), Gordon Rich-Phillips:

“Daniel Andrews must stand up for local traders and prevent any attempts by Moreland City Council to remove parking along Sydney Road in Brunswick.”

“Labor must ensure that the Upfield Shared Path receives whatever necessary upgrades are required in order to prevent cyclists needing to use the busy Sydney Road corridor.”

Media Contact: Simon Watson 0484 000 051

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