Don’t drive into Palm Court parking lot, St George’s Business Chamber told council | County Chief of St George and Sutherland


St George Business Chamber President Allan Zreik said in a letter to Georges River Mayor Kevin Greene that the 31-space parking lot is critical infrastructure that should be left as it is.

St George’s Chamber of Commerce opposes Georges River Council plans to turn Palm Court parking lot into green space.

As part of the Georges River Council’s Hurstville revitalization project, the Palm Court parking lot is converted to an open space offering a children’s play area with a sculptural play element, grove plantations, wooden benches, an area turf and tree plantations.

St George Business Chamber President Allan Zreik said in a letter to Georges River Mayor Kevin Greene that the 31-space parking lot is critical infrastructure that should be left as it is.

And Chris Thomas, managing director of the Thomas Hotel Group, owner of the Meridian Hotel across from the parking lot, also urged the council to change its plan.

“It would affect all businesses in this pocket of Hurstvlle that need parking day and night,” Thomas said.

“Putting a children’s park there won’t help businesses and will actually affect them in a detrimental way, especially at night when it’s going to be lounging.

“If council wants to encourage Hurstville’s nightlife economy, putting a park there will actually have the opposite effect,” he said.

Last year, town planning consultants Design Collaborative Pty Ltd, acting on behalf of a group of 11 business owners who operate near the Palm Court parking lot, wrote to the Georges River Council asking for a review of the plans for the advice for installation.

“Our customers strongly oppose the conversion of the Palm Court car park to an open public space on the grounds that the loss of an easily accessible short-term public car park near their premises will negatively affect their businesses and those of their neighbors,” Design Collaborative wrote.

Last week, the Speaker of the House, Mr Zreik, reiterated his concerns about the parking plans.

“The proposed action for the Palm Court parking lot will have negative consequences for local businesses as well as the community who depend on the parking lot for their essential goods and services,” Zreik said.

“We urge the Council to reconsider this negative impact and to examine other alternatives for a

“Green and open strategy” without loss of vital parking spaces, “he said.

“We note that even taking into account the additional on-street space in rue Treacy, this is still a net loss of parking.

“The Palm Court car park supports the overnight economy and the overall viability of the center

as well as the Georges River 2018 parking strategy, the site offers a

convenient parking option valued by members of the public who support the

“The St George Business Chamber has always maintained a strong position when it comes to cars

parking and need multi-story parking for Treacy Street or MacMachon Street.

“The Council should leave the current use of Palm Court as a parking lot,” Zreik said.

“Many people and especially companies who use and depend on parking both during

the hours of operation as well as its use for the local night-time economy greatly contribute to

The local economy of Hurstville.

“The 31-space car park is an essential infrastructure which, in our opinion, should be

remain in its current use. “

Georges River’s council has been approached for comment.