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Monday, 16 April 2018

The community of Arncliffe and Banksia will enjoy upgrades to two parks and a revamp of the Arncliffe Town Centre thanks to a $10 million funding boost from the NSW Government.

Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said this was part of the finalisation of the draft Plan for the Bayside West Precincts

“These funds will directly benefit the community by improving these valuable open spaces with synthetic playing fields at both Arncliffe Park and Banksia’s Gardiner Park.

“Up to $4.5 million will be spent upgrading Arncliffe Park and $2.5 million has been allocated for Gardiner Park improvements.”

Mr Roberts said $3 million had been set aside to develop a Public Domain Plan and Technical Manual that  would deliver street works and guide any future development applications in Arncliffe Town Centre and along the Princes Highway.

Mayor of Bayside Council, Bill Saravinovski, said the funds would benefit all current and future residents of Arncliffe and Banksia.

“The planned improvements to these key outdoor spaces for the community is a direct result of the $10 million from the Government’s Precinct Support Scheme and will benefit the whole community,” Mr Saravinovski said.

“This partnership with the state government and council will also deliver a much-needed revamp to the streetscape of the Arncliffe town centre.”

In addition to the much-needed upgrade to the existing parks in Arncliffe and Banksia, Mr Roberts said that the Department of Planning and Environment is also finalising negotiations with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to create a new 7,000-square metre park next to Arncliffe Station on the corner of Arncliffe Street and Burrows Street.

“The Premier and I announced a new $290 million Open Spaces and Greener Sydney initiative last week and I’m thrilled to confirm that the Arncliffe community will have a new park in 2020,” Mr Roberts said.

“During consultation on the Bayside West Planned Precincts in late 2016-early 2017, more than three-quarters of the survey respondents told us they wanted more and improved open space. We’ve listened loud and clear and we’re delivering,” Mr Roberts said.

The draft plan for the Bayside West Precinct will include new homes, community facilities, shops, businesses, new pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and new green space and will be finalised in the coming weeks.

Media: Norm Lipson 0429 081 428