NSW Premier: Ms KRISTINA KENEALLY: I can advise that I received a number of reports on a meeting that took place last night. While I have the highest respect for public participation in whatever forum it occurs—I acknowledge the participation of one of my predecessors, the Hon. Neville Wran—I believe the meeting was based on a false premise. Let me say unequivocally that my encouragement to the two trusts to work on a better outcome for public transport and parking relates only to that relatively small portion of land known as Moore Park East. Discussions between the trusts have been occurring for some time now. If there is to be any change—and no change has been agreed to—there would be no change to the currently legislated protections. There would be no change to community access and there would certainly be no financial disadvantage to the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust.
The protection of green space, the promotion of public access and the ease of public transport engagement with the Moore Park precinct remains my priority. There will never be a permanent car park on any portion of Moore Park while I am the Premier. As the member for Sydney is aware, Moore Park has been set aside as an open space for public recreation since the early 1800s and we will ensure that it remains a vibrant, accessible and community-focused public space. The people of New South Wales enjoy major iconic recreational and sporting venues in the Moore Park precinct, Centennial Parklands, the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Sydney Football Stadium. They attract millions of visitors each year.
The Government works with the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust and the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust to manage people and vehicles arriving to use these facilities. Despite increased public transport, patrons do choose to drive and this creates congestion in and around the precinct, as both the member for Sydney and I know, as local members. The Cabinet will discuss how best we can manage this congestion while maintaining the natural integrity of the parklands into the future. I also acknowledge the strong representation of the member for Coogee to government on this issue and his advocacy for continued open space for people in the inner city. As a final attempt to forge a way forward, I am convening a meeting this afternoon with Minister Greene and the chairs of both trusts with the aim of resolving this longstanding issue.