Monday, 21 September 2015 17:42

Infrastructure provision must lead demand at Camellia

Media release, 21 September, 2015

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has praised the NSW Government’s collaborative approach to planning the mixed-use Camellia precinct, but stressed the need to prioritise infrastructure in all its forms.

“Camellia represents one of the most significant opportunities to create the next generation of liveable and sustainable communities in Western Sydney,” said WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti.

“As we move towards higher-density living outside the Sydney CBD, it is more important than ever to ensure new communities are sustainable, beautiful places to live and work,” he said.

“This means communities that offer high-quality open spaces, recreational facilities, schools, shops, employment opportunities, and first class transport links to the rest of the city,” he said.

“Camellia’s location, about 3 km from the Parramatta CBD is ideal for commuters, but means there must be a substantial emphasis on public and active transport options such as the proposed Parramatta light rail, in addition to bus lanes and pathways crossing the Parramatta River,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Accessibility is crucial. Provision of transport infrastructure must lead demand so as to influence transport mode choice from the beginning; reducing the need to play catch-up with all of its social and economic consequences,” he said.

“The Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy put forward by the Department of Planning offers opportunities to address traffic congestion, as well as the provision of recreational facilities, schools, housing and employment; all of which are in great demand in the Parramatta region,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“There are also many challenges associated with the precinct, including Camellia’s past and current use as an industrial hub, the integration of existing facilities such as Rosehill Racecourse with residential and business uses,” he said.

“We should look at all options to deliver public infrastructure earlier rather than later, including some innovative approaches to provide the necessary funding. Once these challenges are overcome Camellia will stand as an example of sustainable, mixed-use living in Western Sydney,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

Cllr Hadchiti commended the State Government on its close consultation with Parramatta City Council during the development of this strategy. “We hope this collaboration between state and local government will result in a precinct that meets local needs and links seamlessly with greater Sydney,” he said.

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