Tender call has kiosk on shaky ground

HOLROYD Rotary Club has called on Holroyd Council to maintain McFarlane Street car park's community kiosk.

But mayor Ross Grove was less than reassuring about the future for the kiosk.

"We built and paid for the Merrylands kiosk in the 70s and then handed it over to the [Holroyd] Council who do all the letting," Holroyd Rotary Club's former president, Warwick Tester, said.

"It's booked out nearly every day by some group or other in the Holroyd community."

Cr Grove said: "The key priority for this particular precinct is the need to get pedestrians out of Stockland and through the McFarlane Arcade and up to the main street shops.

"In order to do that we need to clear as many obstacles to that natural thoroughfare as possible.

"In the short-term I believe the kiosk will remain, but this precinct could be something radically different in the next 20 years.

"I think most Rotarians would support improving the pedestrian flow."

Concerns over the kiosk's future surfaced after Holroyd Council called for expressions of interest in the council-owned block of land the kiosk sits on.

"Whatever they decide to do with it, we would want a charity stall there for the community — even if it's built from scratch again," Mr Tester said.

Club president, Mariya Gojan, said the kiosk needed to be upgraded, something Rotary had begun to discuss with the council.

The talks stalled after the land was put out to tender, she said.

"Before the end of the year the council will discuss a report coming back to the council that considers the refurbishment of the precinct and the possible removal of the stage [which] is a bit of a white elephant," Cr Grove said.

"It eats into the car park and has a very small audience area."

Cr Lisa Lake said all concerns should have been explored by council officers — and brought back to the council as a report — before the expressions of interest were called.

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WHAT YOU ALREADY TOLD US

■Simon Alexander Cook: ‘‘Part of this central Merrylands car park can be seen as highly significant with its watercourse with she oak regrowth and grand mature (endangered species) grey box. These key components deserve to be given a healthy environmental protection zone for scientific-based restoration, and celebrated as an authentic feature attraction... to boost cultural identity and sustainable liveability in the centre of the city’s future high-rise development.’’

■Ted Losik: ‘‘Keep the car park. I have lived in Merrylands most of my life and this car park is extremely handy. It provides handy parking to shops along Merrylands Road, McFarlane Street (motor registry, X-ray centre, cafes) and the shopping mall (if only small shopping is required). It also provides easy access and exit for traffic.’’

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