How the light rail response lets us down.

As people have been asking for more details, here are some of the ways the light rail response to our submission has let us down:

Our main submission point was that the route should be reconfigured to avoid a serious impact on Robin Thomas and provide a better environment for Parramatta residents into the future. We proposed a particular reconfiguration related to, but different from the option 4 in the EIS. Their response talks about the various EIS options but not our particular proposal. (See section 5.8.2, page 5-74, section, Page 126 in the response PDF). They note:

  • That it would negatively impact traffic on George Street:
    • But our proposed route is along side George Street, not on it, so this does not make sense! Something we reinforced when we met with them.
  • That it would impact the operation of the intersection of George/Harris/MacArthur Streets.
    • We had pointed out that this is likely manageable via rail linked traffic lights, similar in the way the Buses are handled at some intersections. No attempt was made to discuss this or show why it wasn’t possible.
  • That our proposal negatively impacts the “heritage listed Albion Hotel”
    • The Albion Hotel is NOT heritage listed. Publically available information we have found is proposing the building be removed and replaced by a large office tower and a totally new Hotel building. But Robin Thomas Reserve is heritage listed, and our proposal would reduce the impact on that heritage.
  • That it would negatively impact the development site on the corner of Macquarie Street and Harris Street.
    • This is just plain wrong. Our proposal does impact this large block, but on the Argus Lane and George Street sides. And as we pointed out, that site is currently empty and it is a once in a generation opportunity to make better use of the block. Since we made our submission several ideas for minimizing the cost of our proposal in this area have become apparent and there are plenty of possibilities – as the block is empty!

Additionally, on the 1st of March, before the Planning Department has responded to the EIS, a contractor for light rail arrived at Robin Thomas Reserve to drill test bore holes along the line of “their” preferred route option.  This has us very worried the decision has already been made.

Light rail response to EIS submissions.

The Parramatta light rail project have responded to the various comments on the EIS, including our.  The document, known as the “Submissions Report” is available  here.

This document is disappointing to us in many ways.

The next stage of the process is for the Department of planning to respond, it is that department which as the final say.  We are putting together documentation to point out how poor this document is.

The document is also hard to navigate.  The image below, taken from Appendix B, gives an index to the parts of the document where they claimed to have responded to our input.  Use the “Page #” to find the page in the large PDF document where the referenced section can be found.  For example, for the first item, you want section 5.4.5, on page 70 of the PDF.

Robin Thomas Draft Masterplan

In December, Parramatta Council have released a draft Masterplan for the future of Robin Thomas Reserve. This will have a big impact on us.   See council’s plan here.

The club is generally supportive of this plan, which includes a new amenities building and club rooms, as well as significant landscaping changes.  But we would like to see it better support the area into the future – here is our submission.



Active Kids program.

$100 voucher from the State Government towards registration

Commencing 31 January 2018, the NSW Government is starting its Active Kids program, which provides a $100 voucher towards sporting registrations, each year, for 4 years

Active Kids is a program to help NSW families meet the cost of getting their kids into sport and active fitness and recreation activities.  See this link for more details on what you can use it for etc.

Continue reading “Active Kids program.”

Law (Football rules) changes – from 2017 season

(From Feb 2017 but updated in for in 2018 for web site changes) The laws of the game have changed!!

The laws (rules) of our game (full field version) have changed for this season (2017 and onwards). There have been some 90 or so changes to the rule-book, through many are just clarifications (e.g. indirect free kicks – the ball must clearly move, no taping the ball and calling it a kicked) or tidying up of the english.  But some are significant and obvious – you have probably seen in other games that they have finally given up on getting you to kick the ball forward on kick-off, it can now go backward.  In some cases, less red cards (last-man fouls in the penalty area are now a yellow rather then a red) but in other cases more.   More direct free kicks, some tidying up of the offside rule and much more.

Here is the actual law book for 2016/2017 , changes highlighted. Here is the FFA summary of the changes and here is the offical detailed list of changes.

Changes to bring the mini-roo games into line have been proposed, hopefully they will be accepted and out soon!

If you would like to learn the laws in detail – go to this page, it is the on-line course people must do before becoming a ref (but even here, some of the questions have not yet been updated ).  It takes a few hours to go through, improves your knowledge of the game and if you take the test, allows you to go to the course to become a ref (we can host one of these courses ourselves if there is enough interest).