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1. NJ Transit should provide a peak one-seat ride from Westfield to NY Penn Station

NJ Tranist has the equipment available to provide a ride without changing trains into New York Penn Station and in order to be equitable with the other train lines the Raritain Valley Line commuters, including those from Westfield, should have the one-seat ride available to them

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2. Stop Paid Parking at Westfield Marion

Westfield has decided to impose car parking fees at Westfield Marion, Oaklands Park.

Car parking fees will have a negative effect on:

1) people choosing to shop at Westfield Marion;

2) people spending less time and therefore less money, thereby affecting the economy and employment in our district;

3) traffic congestion within the local neighbourhood;

4) introduction and extension of possible timed parking zones in the local neighbourhood;

5) potential increased car crime in the local area due increasing numbers of unattended parked cars;

6) decreased use of travel agents, hairdressers, restaurants/cafe's, movies etc which usage usually will require to pay for parking, thereby limiting their business, and potentially moving elsewhere;

7) penalising the majority of legitimate shoppers for the few who park there and not use the facility

8) hard working and dedicated staff having to pay to work at the centre;

9) using government facilities like Medicare, Centrelink, Family Assistance or the Electoral Commission located within Westfield Marion will require paying for parking;

10) the monitoring of individuals movements without their direct consent for the purpose of which the individual is unaware.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO REVERSE THE DECISION TO INTRODUCE PAID PARKING AT WESTFIELD MARION!

Sign this Petition to let Westfield Marion know that it's community and customers object to paying to park their car so that they can spend their own money!

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3. Change Riley St into a Bus & Taxi Only Thoroughfare!

Bus drivers were promised by Westbus management that Riley St would be a bus only thoroughfare.

When the extension to Penrith Plaza was completed in late 2005, Riley St was re-opened to ALL traffic.

This forced buses, taxis, trucks and cars to compete for a single lane (previously it was two lanes), causing traffic congestion on a regular basis.

This, combined with uncoordinated traffic signals which stay green for only a few seconds, increased stress and frustration levels of bus drivers and other road users.

Riley Street
[Image 1. Riley St - All traffic squeezed into one lane.]

The pedestrian crossing is a concern due to many pedestrians crossing against the DON'T WALK sign regardless of oncoming traffic and thereby risking death or injury by being struck down by a vehicle.

Is it really necessary to have the pedestrian crossing there at all, when there are pedestrian crossings on either side and above in close proximity?

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The pedestrian crossing - one person has already been knocked down - how many more?]

Bus drivers and bus passengers are frustrated by unauthorised parking in the bus zone and the lack of adequate policing of the bus zone. Will Council provide a permanent parking ranger, 18 hrs per day? Maybe a fixed camera, which automatically records unauthorised parking and sends an infringement notice would be a good idea.

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How are bus drivers supposed to drop off Westfield customers? - Where are the parking rangers?]

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Traffic lights should be sequenced to ensure faster bus services.]

As a result of the concerns which Westbus drivers tabled in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC), a judge ordered Westbus drivers NOT to use Riley St until bus drivers' concerns were rectified.

It was clear to bus drivers that changing Riley St into one lane would cause problems for bus services. Penrith Council and Westfield need to appreciate this fact. They should "bite the bullet" and make the right decision for bus services and public safety!

The proposed changes to the pedestrian crossing, though welcome, will not remedy the overall problem.

Penrith Council is ideally placed to make this a win-win outcome for ALL stakeholders (including Westfield patrons) by changing Riley St into a bus & taxi ONLY thoroughfare.

It is the best and most "commonsense" solution to the current impasse.

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4. Westfield Malls - Please Support Breastfeeding Babies!

July 26, 2006

Fox 8 Morning News (Cleveland) aired a story on July 21, 2006 in which a local nursing mother (who wishes to remain anonymous) was refused permission to nurse her baby before paying for her purchases at the Aeropostale store in Great Northern Mall (which is owned by Westfield).

The mall representative who spoke to the reporter indicated that this kind of situation is why they put in the Family Room.

Westfield Corp. owns four area malls in addition to the malls they own in twelve other states and three other countries (the UK, Australia and New Zealand).

Some of those areas have much stronger protections for families who breastfeed in public than Ohio does, especially New York State (where Westfield owns two malls) - there the right to breastfeed is written into the Civil Rights section of the state laws, with specific penalties if violated.

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