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

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

“As our city evolves we need to look beyond our existing population hubs. Projects like this are a big vote of confidence in the future of western Sydney,” NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said.

“There are a range of approvals this project will need, but it has the potential to deliver thousands of jobs and new homes for the area.

“This has the potential to be the Barangaroo of the West.”

Lodged with Liverpool Council last year by Coronation Property and Leamac Property Group, the plans would see Sydney’s “third CBD” built to rival Parramatta and the city itself and become a gateway to Sydney for international passengers flying into the new Nancy-Bird Walton airport in Badgerys Creek.

It’s still years away from final approval construction starting, while developers believe it’ll be decades before all 14,000 homes are built and occupied.

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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.

“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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