Sidney Kitchener Money Memorial reopens to public

Media Release


07 August 2015

Joint release with:

Andrew Constance

Minister for Transport for Infrastructure

Craig Laundy

Federal Member for Reid

John Sidoti

NSW Member for Drummoyne

Residents of northern Sydney are continuing to reap the benefits of the North Strathfield Rail Underpass project, with today's reopening of the Sidney Kitchener Money Memorial garden.

The reinstatement of the garden follows the opening of the $400.4 million Underpass in June as part of the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Programme, which is delivering major improvements to freight and passenger rail efficiency.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the North Strathfield Rail Underpass project had paid dividends for the community.

“The Sidney Kitchener Money Memorial needed to be temporarily placed into storage so a new aerial concourse could be built at Concord West Station, and today marks its reinstatement,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Reid Craig Laundy said the memorial marked the commitment of the late Concord Council alderman, Sidney Kitchener Money OAM, to the community over a 20 year period.

“Mr Money spent a lot of time working with disadvantaged kids, Rotary, Meals on Wheels and many other community groups. It's fantastic to see the memorial garden reinstated, and I'm sure Sidney would have appreciated the better quality of life created by this new infrastructure,” Mr Laundy said.

New South Wales Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said investment in the state's transport infrastructure was essential for continued prosperity.

“The Australian and New South Wales governments have an ambitious infrastructure investment plan, including the upgrade of key freight rail routes. This section of rail supports the movement of approximately 15 per cent of freight goods between Brisbane and Melbourne and upgrading it will pay dividends for years to come,” Mr Constance said.

NSW Member for Drummoyne John Sidoti applauded the careful reproduction of the original memorial.

“I'm pleased the original features and layout of the garden have been retained, including rose bushes from Sidney Kitchener Money's personal garden, the memorial pavers and two benches. The upgrade to the precinct also includes a new park next to the station entrance, which will have plenty of seating and new plants that were selected by the community last year,” Mr Sidoti said.

The Australian Government committed $316.3 million to the North Strathfield Rail Underpass project, with the New South Wales Government funding the remaining $84.1 million.