THE proposed 230-space Oak Flats commuter car park is a step closer after a deal was finally reached between Shellharbour City Council and the state government regarding the sale of land for the car park.
Shellharbour councillors agreed to sell 1.38ha of council land on Pioneer Drive near the Oak Flats station to Transport for NSW for $1.58 million last Tuesday. A portion of the site will be held by the council as operational land.
The funds from the land sale will be put towards the $57 million City Hub project.
In May last year, Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said a new $5.7 million car park would be built on the northern side of the station at Oak Flats.
A lack of car spaces at the existing commuter car park have been the source of frustration for many CityRail customers since the opening of the Lake Illawarra Local Area Command police headquarters near the train station in 2011.
Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said the sticking point was that the state government didn't want to buy all of the land.
"It was like saying we want to buy your house but we don't like the kitchen and won't pay for that," Cr Saliba said.
"Overall we are pleased with the outcome."
Kiama MP Gareth Ward said the money for the car park had been allocated and planning approval for the project had been received.
The project, for completion in 2014, involves upgrading the bus shelter, an extension of the car park and a new car park on the northern side of Oak Flats Station, adjoining the bus interchange.