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Managing parking in Sydenham

A change for the better

Over the next few weeks you'll experience improvements to public parking in the area. This is due to the staged rollout of Council's Sydenham Parking Strategy, which will:

  1. Deliver a better balance of parking space for residents, businesses, shoppers, commuters and visitors
  2. Maximise the parking space already in place and deliver new appropriate space
  3. Manage changing parking needs over the next five years

How was the Sydenham Parking Strategy developed?

Council asked residents, business owners, shoppers and commuters about their current and future parking needs. We engaged with car and commercial vehicle drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists, car share organisations and others by gathering feedback from 2,500 households and running a community workshop.

You told us that competition for parking space in the area has increased significantly over the last few years and that demand will continue to rise.

Your feedback was added to a study of parking occupancy and length of stay data and a draft strategy was created. This was placed on Public Exhibition in July/August 2013 and the final strategy was adopted by Council on 4 February 2014.

What are the main features of the strategy?

  • Protection of resident parking through changes to the M4 permit parking areas including an increase in the number of streets with permit parking
  • Improved parking controls around Sydenham Station including provision for new set down/pick-up, car share, taxi and accessible parking spaces
  • Further investigations into opportunities to upgrade pedestrian and cycling facilities around Sydenham Station
  • Additional enforcement to manage commuter parking around Sydenham Station

Maps of properties eligible for a parking permit

Promoting sustainable transport in our precinct parking strategies

Council's precinct parking strategies cover Lewisham, Sydenham, Newtown–Enmore, Tempe and Marrickville Town Centre.

All the strategies are in line with Council’s objective of promoting sustainable transport. This aim is embedded in a number of Council’s key plans, including the Strategic Plan, and the Integrated Transport Strategy.

The sustainable transport approach moves away from trying to meet peak parking demand by building new car parks. Instead it supports better parking turnover and prioritises the appropriate vehicles for the appropriate parking spaces.

It also promotes the use of public transport, cycling and car-share schemes.

Who can apply for a resident parking permit?

Properties eligible for a resident parking permit (subject to conditions) are marked in pink on the map.

These properties may be adjacent to a permit parking area or the permit parking area may be on the opposite end or opposite side of the street.
Permit eligibility will also be affected by the number of off-street parking spaces you have on your property.

Existing permit holders should renew their permits in the normal fashion prior to the expiry date indicated.

What happens next?

It is expected that the installation of new signs and changes to existing signs will begin from 1 June 2015. A grace period will be granted. Enforcement will begin on 1 August 2015.

Apply for a parking permit

Visit the Resident Parking Permits page to apply for a permit.

For more information, view the most frequently asked questions about parking permits.


If you would like to speak with a Council officer about the new parking scheme – including permit fees and conditions of eligibility – you can contact:

  • Email: council@marrickville.nsw.gov.au
  • Face-to-face: The Customer Service Centre is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm. Visit us at 2-14 Fisher Street, Petersham NSW 2049. We are a short 2 minute walk from Petersham railway station.
  • In writing: Please address any letters to: The General Manager, Inner West Council, PO Box 14, Petersham NSW 2049
  • Telephone: Please call Customer Service on (02) 9392 5000

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