Hard News Story- Werribee
Written by Megan Whitfield
Wyndham City Council opened a new car park on Cherry Street, Werribee CBD, last week to address traffic congestion and parking difficulties in the area. These issues are recurring problems in this district.
The car park particularly assists employees and shoppers in Wyndham’s retail and business centre.
Currently at stage one of its completion, the Cherry Street car park has 31 public spaces and 78 permit spots for businesses with existing parking permits. Stage two is set to be completed later this year and will provide a further 48 spaces.
Local resident and frequent commuter, Mr Makyle Mekonnen, experiences these traffic difficulties.
“Traffic management is pretty crazy,” Mr Mekonnen said.
Economic Development Portfolio Holder for Wyndham City Council, Cr Intaj Khan, said this car park will address some of these issues.
“It will definitely help with congestion,” Cr Khan said.
However, he said much more needs to be done.
As one of the fastest growing districts in Victoria, Wyndham’s traffic and transport systems “haven’t been able to match the growth,” Cr Khan said. “Council hasn’t been as successful” as they’d hoped to be.
Transport Portfolio Holder, Cr Glenn Goodfellow said council could do better.
“It’s a start,” Cr Goodfellow said. He said he hopes the new Council, as will be elected in October later this year, moves ahead with looking at parking strategy for the area.
“They can’t have their heads in the sand.”
The Cherry Street car park was built in line with the Wyndham Integrated Transport Strategy (WITS) produced by Wyndham City Council in June this year.
The strategy focuses on establishing Wyndham as a ‘connected city’ by 2040, providing a transport system to meet the increasing demand.