Greater Macarthur 2040: Guide to the future transformation of Macarthur region
They are the bold plans to turn the Greater Macarthur region into a future NSW economic powerhouse. This exclusive six-part series looks at how housing, employment, education and more is set to be impacted by mass development planned for the area.
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Daniel McGookin, Macarthur Chronicle
December 16, 2019
The Greater Macarthur region will never be the same again with a 92-page dossier outlining the dramatic transformation earmarked for the suburbs on Sydney’s southwest outskirts.
From the rural villages of Appin, Menangle and Gilead, right through to the expanding metropolitan hubs of Campbelltown, Glenfield and Ingleburn, the Greater Macarthur 2040 Interim Plan has identified a dozen precincts for growth.
The precincts are Glenfield, Macquarie Fields, Ingleburn, Minto, Leumeah, Campbelltown, Macarthur, Glenlee, Menangle Park, Gilead, North Appin and Appin.
Across the next 20 years, the State Government envisions a potential 57,200 homes across the 12 precincts, with Planning Minister Rob Stokes formally declaring the region a growth area earlier this month.
“This is the next stage of a plan to transform southwest Sydney from a series of commuter suburbs to a coherent centre full of jobs, culture, public spaces, green and open areas,” Mr Stokes said.
“This formally recognises the guiding principles for how we develop the area in the future and ensures we deliver infrastructure like transport, utilities and parks alongside new jobs and homes.”
Developers, community groups, shopping centre owners, not-for-profit organisations and individuals have had their say on the government’s bold plans.
NewsLocalhas analysed the government’s vision, the community submissions and what it all means for you in an exclusive six-part series which reveals a cutting-edge high-density proposal for Campbelltown, how the region’s unique chlamydia-free koala colony will be protected and more.
A series of nine high-rise towers, ranging from eight to 26-storeys, has been approved as part of Malaysian conglomerate Mulpha’s $1 billion masterplanned residential proposal for The Greens in Sydney’s Norwest.
The project will deliver a total of 864 residential apartments, at 40 Solent Circuit,after receiving approval from the Hills Shire Council this week.
Touted as “a lifestyle and economic hub,”Mulpha has been transforming the 377-hectare Norwest Business Park into what it describes as a ‘smart city’.
“Mulpha has made a long-term commitment to the transformation of Norwest Business Park into Norwest City,” Mulpha executive general manager Tim Spencer said of the approval.
“The Greens is a critical piece of the vision, establishing a vibrant residential town centre within 500 metres of the new Norwest Metro Station.”
The Sydney Central Planning panel rejected the developer’s proposal for a $53 million seven- storey commercial building at 8 Elizabeth MacArthur Drive earlier this year, but was overturned in July following Mulpha’s appeal of the decision.
Mulpha Norwest, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mulpha Australia, is behind Hayman Island, Intercontinental Hotel Sydney, and Sanctuary Cove Resort.
The Malaysian-backed developer and hotel owner, which is understood to be currently in due diligence to purchase retail asset the Brimbank shopping centre in Melbourne for more than $150 million, is also developing the master planned community of Mulgoa Rise in Western Sydney.
The Greens will be built on three-hectares of landscaped parkland, with 70 per cent or 22,000sq m of open community space.
The Norwest project also includes a public plaza, amphitheatre, a performing arts stage as part of the development.
The mixed-use precinct will include more than 6000sq m of commercialspace, cafes, restaurants, a gym, medical services and childcare centres.
Over the past five weeks, The Sun-Herald has canvassed Sydney’s strengths, weaknesses and opportunities as we turn the next decade into a period of renewed optimism for Australia’s only true global city.
This week, we asked five leaders from all walks of life, from politics and planning to arts and the environment, for their best ideas on how to make Sydney great again and ensure the city reaches its full potential.
The Premier – Gladys Berejiklian
As Premier of NSW, Sydney is ultimately Gladys Berejiklian’s responsibility. As the transport minister, then the treasurer and now in the state’s top job, she shepherded the city through a major period of growth and change.
But as she observed at a Christmas drinks function last week, the government’s job can’t just be about building stuff and making the trains, whether light or heavy rail, run on time.
“The challenge I’ve given to my team is not only to build things and to build them well, on time and on budget, but it’s also about making sure we take a close look at the aesthetics,”
Ms Berejiklian told the Committee for Sydney’s end-of-year gathering at theOpera House.
“Because imagine if they built a box here instead of this beautiful building. It’s a bit difficult when you’re building a rail line or a hospital, but generally speaking.”
Asked later by The Sun-Herald to name something in the city she considered beautiful, the Premier said she “can’t go past the Opera House as a place of design inspiration”. But she also nominated the Barangaroo foreshorewalk as “a modern example of good design which restores public access”.
Ms Berejilian indicated she wanted her legacy as premier to encompass aesthetics as well as the “nuts and bolts” of better services.
“In 50 years’ time, when we look back at this time in our state’s history it will be viewed as an incredible period of infrastructure delivery,” she said. “But at the same time we want people look back and see a time where we left a legacy of good design and creation of public space.”
The Academic – Libby Gallagher
When it comes to improving Sydney’s environment and health, there’s one simple thing we can do, says landscape architect Libby Gallagher. “It’s all about the greening.”
Gallagher, who completed her doctorate in climate mitigation through street design at the University of Sydney, says we need to plant a lot more trees. And not just any trees in any place, but in a planned and sustained fashion.
“Get big trees in the ground,” she says. “Trees are the number one thing to do if you’re trying to reduce temperatures and reduce electricity consumption – particularly reduce the need to switch on the air conditioning unit on the wall.”
Trees reduce urban heat, not only because they directly shade buildings but because they emit moisture into the atmosphere to reduce surrounding temperatures.
Gallagher says her research has shown careful selection of trees can reduce airconditioning bills at an adjoining property by as much as $400 a year once the trees are at maturity.
*”They’re the natural airconditioning engines of our cities,” she says. But they are threatened by poor urban design and incremental infill development “which is often unsympathetic to retaining trees”.
*While tree planting is partly a council issue, Gallagher says it requires state government planning to do properly because of the complexity of co-ordinating underground utilities such as water mains, electricity and telecommunications.
*Gallagher says the next best thing Sydney can do is work out how to decentralise water and energy production into local areas, rather than relying so heavily on major infrastructure.
The Marketer – Dee Madigan
It’s one of the most easily recognised places in the world, instantly identified by the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach. But when it comes to telling Sydney’s story to the nation and the world, marketer Dee Madigan says we’re selling ourselves short.
Madigan, the creative director of Campaign Edge and a Gruen panellist, says the repeal of the lockout laws creates an opportunity to reinvent the city’s image.
“You make a campaign out of that … ‘Sydney has found its fun’ is probably the brief I would use,” she says. “Sydney’s always felt a bit brash, a bit naughty, a bit fun – compared to Melbourne, which is too cool for school. And we’ve lost that.”
Ms Madigan says such a campaign would work both nationally and internationally, and the domestic ads could even acknowledge the mistakes made by governments in the past.
“There’s a pay-off from consumers on that kind of honesty,” she says “People don’t mind when governments f–k up, it’s when they pretend they haven’t that people have a real issue.”
While Melbourne has embarked on lauded marketing efforts, such as Tourism Victoria’s “It’s Easy to Lose Yourself in Melbourne” campaign by Publicis Mojo featuring a red ball of string, Sydney has often relied on its famous icons to attract visitors.
But Ms Madigan says that needs to change because Sydney is no longer the clear “market leader” when it comes to domestic tourism.
“Brisbane has come leaps and bounds. It has a really cool vibe about it,” she said.
“Sydney can’t sit back and be complacent any more. They’ll still get their overseas visitors … but I reckon they’re losing their internal visitors to other places.“
The Culturalist – Leo Schofield
Critic and arts patron Leo Schofield was once branded “Mr Sydney”, and true to form has a wealth of ideas for how the city needs to change. First and foremost, he says, it needs bigger and better stages.
“Every other mainland state capital has better theatres that Sydney and yet the audiences are here,” he says.
“The ballet will tell you that it could not survive without its Sydney audience, which is about double the size of the Melbourne audience.
*”The Opera House is woefully inadequate for the Australian Ballet and the Opera. We need a big performing arts complex with a big stage on the scale of the Arts Centre in Melbourne and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane, both of which can house major musicals and international as well as local opera and ballet companies.”
*Finding a location for such a stage will be difficult. Sydney missed an opportunity to create a world-class theatre at Barangaroo, Schofield says, which would have been its natural home.
Schofield’s other idea, much less likely to come to fruition, is to keep the Powerhouse Museum where it is at Ultimo. But if that’s not to happen, he says it should be broken up.
That could be achieved by moving the museum’s science and technology exhibits to Parramatta and using one of the government’s old heritage-listed CBD buildings as a decorative arts museum, Schofield suggests.
The Strategist – Christopher Brown
As chairman of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Christopher Brown’s job is to advocate for the sections of the city that don’t always feature on postcards but constitute Sydney’s multicultural heartland and its growth engine.
The Greater Sydney Commission has divided the city into three parts: Western Parkland, Eastern Harbour and Central River. It is this latter city, running from Hornsby through to Hurstville via Parramattaand Olympic Park, which forms Brown’s focus for what Sydney needs next.
Specifically, he says it needs a “city deal” between federal, state and local governments, of the kind already made with Western Sydney, Geelong, Hobart and other cities nationwide.
“It needs the same sort of dedicated approach that the western city has got if we’re going to unblock it,” Brown says. “This is the part of the city where most of us live. It’s the part of the city that’s going to soak up most of the new population.”
Brown says the area has been besieged by “some pretty average governance” over the years, leading to overdevelopment and bad design – which have bred scepticism about growth.
The region’s waterways, mainly the Parramatta, Georges and Cooks rivers, fall well short of the harbour’s sparkle. The arterial roads, Parramatta and Victoria, are known nightmares – and unsightly to boot.
“And it’s had almost no vertical transport connection,” says Brown. “It’s pretty tough to get from the Hills to Hurstville.”
Brown says a city deal for the Central River would provide proper planning, metrics, job targets and, of course, funding. It would also help attract public-private partnerships.
“It’s one of these moments in time – Sydney can do it right for once,” he says. “Too much planning gets you Olympic Park, not enough planning gets you Parramatta Road.”
HOW can a mere 5 or 10 per cent of ‘affordable rental housing’ address the housing shortage for not only Key Workers on lesser salaries … but AUSTRALIAN professionals are also struggling to find affordable rental accommodation … locked out of HOME OWNERSHIP!
IT would seem that it is time the Morrison Government revised its Policies and cut back IMMIGRATION and VISA Manipulation to a sustainable level of 70,000 p.a. rather than continue with the supplanting of Our People by those laundering black money in Australian Real Estate …
The state-owned corporation says the range of housing type will reflect greater housing diversity, including a mixture of detached houses, terraces, small lot dwellings, apartments and seniors housing.
While a detailed concept plan, in consultation between the New South Wales government, Campbelltown City Council and Landcom is yet to be delivered for public exhibition, the development’s master-plan will include new sporting fields, a primary school, and a new commercial centre, subject to approvals.
The Glenfield masterplan rezoning process is expected to be completed in early 2021, with a development application to be lodged with Campbelltown City Council.
“Landcom is thrilled to deliver a thriving new sustainable community within the Glenfield Precinct,” Landcom chief executive John Brogden said.
“With around 3,500 new homes and a large tract of high-quality, public open space that retains Glenfield’s rich history as a significant agricultural education precinct.”
Brogden said a component of the plan includes 5 to 10 per cent of homes set aside for affordable rental housing.
“For key workers such as nurses’ aides, child care and retail workers.”
If approved, work is expected to commence by early 2022.
The heritage-listed Macquarie Fields House will be protected, along with other heritage areas, including the Memorial Forest that pays tribute to school students who served in World War One and World War Two.
In Sydney’s inner south, a joint development project forming part of the Green Square Town Centre between Landcom and ASX-listed Mirvac was green-lit this month.
Thefour tower project, comprising 316 apartments and ground floor retail, will move ahead in Zetland.
Property owners say new heritage rules proposed by City of Ryde council will dramatically reduce house prices in the area.
The council will meet on December 10 to decide whether to heritage list a number of properties without the consent of owners.
Jerome Laxale, the Labor mayor of Ryde, said less than 1 per cent of properties within the council had been identified for heritage listing.
“If Council chooses to leave all of these dwellings unprotected, they will eventually be lost forever,” he said.
“With pro-development state planning laws, and on the eve of the medium density housing code coming into force, now is the time to preserve what history Ryde has left.”
But Liberal councillor Jordan Lane said the changes were a “Band-Aid solution” to concerns about overdevelopment.
“There has been enormous opposition to this scheme which arbitrarily imposes heritage conditions on properties, often exhibiting little or no heritage value, without the owners’ consent,” he said.
The council’s move to change heritage rules followed a review that recommended the listing of 44 “items” of historic significance including properties, public parks and street trees and six new heritage conservation areas.
There are only 173 heritage items in Ryde – far less than neighbouring councils such as Parramatta (751), Hunters Hill (515) and Canada Bay (545).
Ryde also has fewer heritage conservation areas than other councils.
A council spokesman said the previous practice of heritage listing properties only with the consent of owners had been superseded – a view disputed by opponents of the proposed changes.
“Since 2010, Council has resolved to protect a number of items of heritage significance at risk of demolition via Interim Heritage Orders and subsequent listings without the consent of the owners,” the spokesman said.
However, the proposed changes have angered residentswho said in a letter to Planning Minister Rob Stokes it had caused “significant stress and anxiety”.
“Residents are insulted that we are referred to as ‘greedy developers’,” the letter said. “We are ordinary hardworking families who don’t want to lose the value of our primary asset, ‘our home’.”
CAAN: VIEW to learn what happened at the Ryde Council Meeting … among the Anti-Heritage Policy supporters were Gung Zhi, Wei Wei Wang, Guanjing Ruan, Silvestor Lauria and Pei Cheng and dozens more!
Scott Mackenzie said the value of his four-bedroom house in Gladesville could drop by up to $300,000 if it is given a heritage listing.
Mr Mackenzie’s house is 100 years old but he said it had been extensively renovated twice in the past 20 years.
Mr Mackenzie said a heritage listing would prevent him building a second storey and add to the cost of maintaining his home.
“Heritage is restricting the ability to do what I need to do with my property, to make our living arrangements the best they can be,” he said. “Other residents are afforded this flexibility – why should owners of older properties be restricted?”
The issue of heritage has also divided councillors, with police twice called to fiery council meetings amid allegations a councillor was assaulted.
Independent councillor Roy Maggio said the changes would discriminate against the owners of older homes.
CAAN: Perhaps the price tag of $2M for this Ku-ring-gai property is more about developers landbanking to make a motzer with higher density … they can afford to make such an offer
“What gives a council the right to diminish the value of a person’s biggest primary asset?” he said. “The residents are relying on their home as part of their superannuation plan or to fund nursing home costs later in life.”
But Graham Quint, the director of conservation at the National Trust (NSW), said the listing of heritage buildings and conservation areas enriched communities and was not anti-development.
“In our experience heritage listing can increase the value of properties,” he said.
Tom Forrest, the chief executive of the developer’s lobby group Urban Taskforce, said the the preservation of heritage should not outweigh other consideration such as housing supply.
“Heritage listings should not be a block to progress and also not be used to frustrate efforts to house the growing population of Sydney,” he said.
CAAN: In Sydney we are living with the awful consequences of the Liberal Coalition Housing Supply that was not able to meet the ‘foreign demand’! To lose lovely Californian Bungalows, Federation, and Mid-Century Homes and gardens for the fast-tracked higher density development now replacing them!
Photo: new owner sought to demolish soonafter purchase to redevelop
THE NORTH PARRAMATTA RESIDENTS ACTION GROUP has lobbied for the museum to be built in North Parramatta’s Fleet St heritage precinct instead of the flood-prone riverbank site …
THAT is practical … it’s ‘commonsense’ … why invite problems … and waste funding to have to retrieve contents and the structure of a Powerhouse Museum from a flood prone area?
IS the Agenda of this NSW Coalition Government to remove from the records any references to Our Past? Our Australian Heritage … ?
Having demolished the projects of the 30-year-old Bicentennial project south of Cockle Bay including the monorail, the award-winning Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Sydney Entertainment Centre and IMAX cinema …
Yes, a mere 30 years old! To remove all records of Our Australian History, Culture …
Why? Because this government can … how nasty …
DOES Gladys live in the Willoughby LGA? Artarmon?
NOTE … 0 NEW DWELLINGS FOR ARTARMON …. Even Hunters Hill will have 150 new dwellings; Mosman 300 and Woollahara 300 ‘new homes’
ONLY 260 NEW DWELLINGS PER YEAR ARE PLANNED FOR THE ENTIRE WILLOUGHBY LGA including Chatswood and St Leonards … lobbying by North Shore media/lobby group
THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS FOR RYDE LGA!
ALERT! Currently there are less than 1 per cent of Heritage Homes remaining in the RYDE LGA! DESPITE THIS ‘small family developers’ have disrupted Council meetings protesting against the proposed Heritage Listing on the eve of the MEDIUM-DENSITY HOUSING CODE …
PLEASE SHARE: HERITAGE LISTING WILL REDUCE HOUSE PRICES DOES NOT CHECK OUT!
Bulldozers are soon expected to obliterate the state heritage-listed Willow Grove after Premier Gladys Berejiklian reversed her decision to preserve it for the construction of the $767 million Powerhouse Museum.
The North Parramatta Residents’ Action Group (NPRAG) has said multiple sources and leaked government documents show Ms Berejiklian has opted to demolish the 1870s-built
Italianate villa at Phillip St.
St George’s Terrace, on the corner of Wilde Ave and Phillip St, could also be demolished for the museum, which is expected to be completed by December 2022.
NPRAG spokeswoman Suzette Meade said the decision came after the museum’s final six architects had an option to retain the former maternity hospital but were planning to announce its demise soon.
“We’ve been told that this decision has already been made, no doubt to be dropped out as people enter their Christmas breaks in the hope of avoiding scrutiny,’’ Ms Meade said.
“If this is true, it’s a disgrace.
“Clearly, it’s a big concern for the people of Parramatta that our heritage is being disrespected.
“Western Sydney heritage seems to be second rate and I think they should expect quite a kickback from the community.’’
The group has lobbied for the museum to be built in North Parramatta’s Fleet St heritage precinct instead of the flood-prone riverbank site when then premier Mike Baird announced the museum for Parramatta in 2015.
A spokesman for Arts Minister Don Harwin said the government would not respond to any of the Parramatta Advertiser’s questions.
Parramatta state Liberal MP Geoff Lee did not comment on heritage concerns but said he understood the winning design for the museum would be announced shortly.
“I look forward to seeing the final design,’’ he said.
“Parramatta deserves world class arts and cultural institutions and that’s what the NSW Government is delivering.”
A Parramatta Council spokesman said it had previously written to the State Government requesting the heritage significance of Willow Grove and St George’s Terrace was considered in the museum’s development process.
“Willow Grove and St George’s Terrace are important local heritage sites and our community feels strongly about protecting them,’’ the spokesman said.
Last year, the Parramatta Advertiser reported that the government would save $43 million by demolishing Willow Grove and St George’s Terrace.
Willow Grove was used as a maternity hospital and the state-listed St George’s Terrace is considered historically and aesthetically significant as an example of modest Victorian period terraces.
The group is calling on the premier to reverse her decision.
“If Willow Grove was in Willoughby there is no way this would be happening,’’ Ms Meade said.
“This is an appalling start to what was promised as a move towards cultural funding equality;another bonus for developers.”
National Trust of Australia’s Parramatta branch president Cheryl Bates said demolishing Willow Grove would mean Parramatta lost another link to its important historical past.
“The National Trust does not understand how a building considered worthy of a heritage listing, using the accepted criteria for listing, can now simply be disregarded because a new use is considered more appropriate,’’ she said.
WHO is buying? Go figure … when the FIRB allows developers to sell 100% overseas for HOUSING projects of 49 dwellings or less (May 2017 Budget Reg.)
IT would not be difficult to get around such a limitation, would it? Like selling in Stages …49 lots …
MORE about deviloper lobby groups and Masterplanned Communities …
‘The cheapest lots, priced from $319,900, start at 201 square metres‘ … that is more liveable than 30 storey towers … but shouldn’t it be for AUSTRALIAN FIRST HOME BUYERS … WITHOUT OVERSEAS Black Money competition????
AND … the Real Estate Gatekeepers are exempt from Anti-Money Laundering Laws!
PERHAPS among the sales a small number of Australian First Home Buyers have broken the barrier … the minority who have ‘permanent’ jobs and high incomes … not necessarily Key Workers like Teachers, Paramedics, Nurses, Police Officers, Fire Fighters … the best many of them can hope for is a 5 per cent allocation by a Council for ‘Affordable Housing’ to rent!
A NARVAEZ WED 04 DEC 19
Dahua Sells 1000 Lots in Sydney’s South West
*One of the largest landholders of residential land in south-west Sydney has nearly sold out of its $1 billion masterplanned project, with lot sales in the region picking up over the back half of 2019.
Housing developer Dahua Group hit a sales milestone of 1000 lots last month at its “New Breeze” project in Bardia, 50 kilometres south-west of Sydney.
The Shanghai-based developeracquired the 89-hectare parcel of land from Landcom in 2015, lodging plans for a 1264-lot project with a $1 billion end value.
Take-up rates in Sydney’s land market has more than tripled in some areas since May 2019, with 6-8 lot sales per month in areas with close proximity to railway stations, according to M3property’s Sydney Land Market Recovery report.
“Between September 2018 and May 2019 take-up rates for land averaged 0-2 land lot sales per month, per project stage,” M3property research national director Jennifer Williams said.
▲ Dahua lodged plans for apartment buildings up to 8-storeys and an expanded town centre at its Menangle Park development (pictured).
The faster-than-expected turnaround in Sydney’s house prices and improved access to finance has supported the demand for residential land lots.
“APRA’s removal of the serviceability cap and the [continued] fall in cash rates has aided the borrowing power of most applicants,” Williams said.
Williams said that negative apartment market publicity has also upped interest in houses.
“I have no doubt that the apartment market will recover but for now it is one of a number of factors behind a significant resurgence in the take-up of land in Sydney.”
*The growth corridor’s proximity to the Western Sydney Airport and forecasts of 60 per cent population growth to 2036 will support Dahua’s 5000-plus lot commitment to the region, Dahua NSW chief executive Eric Li said.
“Our focus is to deliver sustainable urban developments that meld with the local environment and provide world-class amenities.
“We are committed to building masterplanned communities.”
The cheapest lots, priced from $319,900, start at 201 square metres
The Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park is set to be rejuvenated under a $1.5 billion masterplan to transform the site into a mix of open space, retail shops and leisure facilities.
The plan includes four hectares of interconnected parks, a fresh food market, restaurants, cafes, bars, a large 20m wide pedestrian boulevard for holding street food markets, festivals and events and a 180 room 4.5 star hotel.
The cinema complex will be redone, a community vegetable garden installed and the Showring updated, with the entire precinct designed to support up to 8,000 jobs in the hospitality and creative industries.
The unsolicited proposal to refresh the 11 hectare site next to the Sydney Cricket Ground was submitted to the state government today by the owners of the Entertainment Quarter, Carsingha Investments Pty Ltd.
The consortium led by retail king Gerry Harvey, advertising guru John Singleton and venture capitalist Mark Carnegie will fund the entire $1.5 billion development if it receives government approval. The trio bought a 30 year lease to the site in 2014 for $80 million and are hoping the government will grant them a 99 year lease – similar to the leasing arrangement Lendlease has with the government at Barangaroo.
Entertainment Quarter CEO Guy Pahor said the proposed development could generate around $1 billion in economic activity each year.
He said 400 locals along with more than 1000 Sydneysiders had been consulted over the past 18 months to develop the plan, which will focus on reconnecting the Entertainment Quarter to the local community with open space and the CBD via the new Light Rail.
“Key to the success of these social spaces and the food and dining precinct will be people – without a critical mass of people during the day and at night eve the best designed public spaces will fail,” Mr Pahor said.
“Our plans include a vision of the Entertainment Quarter as a new employment hub for creative industries – reinforcing the adjacent Fox Studios enterprise.”
The $1.5 billion plan does not include residential uses, which were ruled out early in the planning stages as not being consistent with the proposed focus on leisure, events and entertainment.
All buildings on the site will be no higher than the roof of the new Sydney Football Stadium (which will be roughly 10 storeys), apart from the new cinema and creative industries office tower in the centre of the site, which will be roughly the same height as the SCG light towers.
Mr Pahor said parks and public spaces will take centre stage in the renewed Entertainment Quarter.
“The Showring will also be rejuvenated as a multifunctional public space – accommodating community and other sporting events such as jazz concerts and other performances, similar to the much loved summer twilight concert series at Taronga Zoo,” he said.
A Department of Premier and Cabinet steering committee will now examine the commercial, technical and legal aspects of the unsolicited proposal in more detail before making a recommendation to government on whether or not to proceed to the next step in the process.
Developer Carsingha will be required to obtain all the necessary planning and environment approvals for the project, which is separate to the unsolicited proposal vetting process.
Sydney Business Chamber executive director Katherine O’Regan said Sydney desperately needs another eat street in this area, and somewhere people can hang out after the footy or a concert.
“This very tired precinct promised so much decades ago and is desperately in need of a new life. It’s a rare opportunity to create a vibrant new entertainment and dining district right on the edge of the CBD for both locals and tourists,” she said.
“As well as adding more public open space and amenities, the proposal provides a place for business to flourish, boosting the attraction for creative industries like media, fashion, graphic arts and tech businesses.”
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On Tuesday, a former commissioner of the NSW SES, Dr Chas Keys, closed his testimony to a NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the raising of Warragamba Dam by saying “the government’s preference is the essence of bad policy – it overstates the benefits and understates the costs, and it’s expensive to boot”.
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Ms Berejiklian said the major reforms would create jobs and boost the economy.
“The current system does not give investors certainty – some planning proposals are taking years to determine and there are too many layers of bureaucracy which is unacceptable,” she said.
“Under the new reforms, we will deliver the simplest and most effective planning system in Australia that creates thousands of jobs and improves the way people live and work, right across the state.”
A Transport for NSW website page says its vision for the greater Sydney area is one in which people could reach their nearest metropolitan and strategic centres within 30 minutes on public transport, seven days a week.
Ms Berejiklian said she wanted NSW to be a state where people did not spend hours commuting.
*“The NSW economy is the strongest in the nation but we want to ensure we remain the investment capital of Australia. Planning reform is key to this,” Ms Berejiklian said.*
“The government wants to create communities that offer residents fulfilling work, great social amenities and a choice of public spaces.”
“Thirty thousand Central Coast residents, or 30 per cent of its working population, commute to Sydney each day, spending as much as five hours a day in the car,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“This places unnecessary stress on commuters, families, roads, public transport and the Sydney CBD.”
She said the government would create a network of new hubs, “providing people work opportunities they’ve never had before, right on their doorstop, and enabling communities to develop their own unique character”.
“Our hub strategy will provide regions with the resources and infrastructure needed for NSW to compete nationally and globally, while enriching the lifestyle of local residents,” Ms Berejiklian said.