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LIVELY NEW COMMUNITY FOR SYDNEY’S NORTH-WEST

Thursday, 14 December 2017

The NSW Government has announced the rezoning of the Showground Station Precinct, creating a lively community, including a new town centre with shops, cafes and green open space, along with 2,300 new jobs for Sydney’s north-west.

Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said the rezoning of about 270 hectares of land alongside a Sydney Metro rail station was approved following extensive consultation with the community and Hills Shire Council.

“The NSW Government is building the infrastructure our state needs. That’s why we are creating vibrant communities with a variety of housing choice and green open space around this key transport hub,” Mr Roberts said.

“This community will be transformed into a dynamic area with a new town centre, community facilities, new parks and recreation zones on the doorstep of the Sydney Metro Northwest.

“Over the last couple of months I have been listening to the concerns of council and the community and a number of measures have been introduced to address the matters raised.

These include:

·         Incentives for larger apartments;

·         Ensuring a master planning approach by requiring new development to prepare a site-specific development control plan; and

·         Ensuring that the delivery of new homes is aligned to the delivery of essential new infrastructure.

“An additional 1.8 hectares of private-owned land along Cattai Creek will also be rezoned as public open space and Chapman Avenue Reserve will be expanded and enhanced.

“The $20 billion Sydney Metro will transform Sydney. It will offer greater opportunities for people to live closer to jobs and services and connect more people to destinations faster than ever before.

“With the Sydney Metro Northwest set to open in 2019 this will give existing and future residents of the Hills greater access to jobs closer to home, with direct links to Norwest Business Park and Macquarie Park.”

“I want to personally thank the residents from Showground precinct for their patience and support in finalising this rezoning. I promised the community that I would have the rezoning completed by Christmas and I’m pleased that we have been able to do just that in a way which reflects both the community and council aspirations for the Showgrounds precinct.”

Member for Castle Hill, Ray Williams, said the focus on creating more, and better connected open space, will benefit the growing community.

“Residents will benefit from extra open space and greater access to the beautiful natural areas adjoining Cattai Creek and new parks,” Mr Williams said.

The rezoning of the station precinct will see a boost of 5,000 new homes in a mix of housing types including terrace-style homes and apartments over 20 years.

The Department of Planning and Environment is working closely with the Department of Education to plan for extra school places in the area. The Government is investing in upgrades to schools in the Castle Hill area with additional classrooms to be built at Samuel Gilbert Public and Excelsior Public Schools. Together with the new primary school for up to 1,000 students at Fairway Drive Bella Vista, due to open in 2019, education capacity in The Hills is being boosted to meet demand.

The NSW Government has allocated $5 million of funds for local infrastructure upgrades, including improvements to walking and cycling paths and upgrades to roads and parks, through the Precinct Support Scheme.

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Media: Norm Lipson 0429 081 428