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Best of the West: Western Sydney could score Barangaroo style community

Liverpool Western Sydney Growth News
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Plans are underway to transform a Western Sydney suburb from barren fields and sheds to a Barangaroo-style community.

A crowning glory will be an 8km riverside boardwalk – which Aras Labutis, the director of urban transformation at Coronation Property, said could be the west’s equivalent of Bondi to Bronte walk.

“In the east you’ve got the Bondi to Bronte walk, the Bay Walk – who said southwest Sydney can’t have something like that?” Mr Labutis said.

It’s part of a major facelift the southwest has long deserved, he told the Telegraph.

“What people don’t realise here is we’ve got a whole waterfront which is beautiful but under-utilised,” he said.

“It’s going to really turn Liverpool back to the river. Liverpool has such beautiful resources and it can be a big asset.
Aras Labutis, Director of Urban transformation

“Liverpool and Western Sydney have been forgotten a lot over time for projects like this – it’s time for these services and amenity to come here. Liverpool is coming of age.”

The plan has the support of Liverpool City Council CEO Eddie Jackson but its sheer size meant it was beyond the authority’s decision-making process.

“It’s a great statement of confidence in the city,” he said.

Those behind the proposal hope the state government will take the lead in delivering the massive project, as they have at state-significant works such as Macquarie Park, Waterloo, and St Leonards at Crows Nest.

A Department of Planning spokesman said it expects the council to shortly finalise consultation with key agencies on the proposal before lodging further application with the government to decide if it’ll proceed to public exhibition.

“The Department will work with council to ensure local and state issues are resolved in a timely manner,” the spokesman said.

Those looking for their own Bondi to Bronte walk in the west will hope so too.

This article was originally published by Daily Telegraph on the 29.03.21.

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