Work on the site of the new Emu Plains Commuter Car Park has been paused following the discovery of a number of Aboriginal heritage items on the site.
A formal process is now underway to determine the next steps. The pause in work is only temporary.
“It is important to properly investigate the finds and consult with local Aboriginal community groups to ensure that any items of cultural or historical significance are carefully managed,” said Federal Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh.
“This find could tell us more about the Aboriginal history and culture in our local area, and we must allow the experts the necessary time to thoroughly assess the items and inform the progress of the project moving forward.”
State Penrith MP Stuart Ayres said once complete, the Emu Plains Commuter car park will provide customers with more convenient access to public transport and help ease road congestion.
“Both the NSW Government and the Australian Government remain absolutely committed to delivering a new car park with extra spaces for public transport customers at Emu Plains,” he said.
“Transport for NSW will continue to keep the community updated, which will include a revised timeline for the project once a further assessment of the items has been completed.”
The Emu Plains commuter car park is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Governments.