A PROPOSAL to construct a zoo at Bungarribee in Western Sydney Parklands was last week placed on public exhibition by the Department of Planning and Environment.
In a statement, the Department said it is keen to hear the community's views on the proposal, which seeks to construct a new zoo over an area of around 16.5 hectares within the Western Sydney Parklands.
The proposal also involves the construction and operation of a zoological facility that will include animal exhibits, restaurants and cafes, a show arena, picnic areas, waterways and car-parking.
"Community consultation is an integral part of the planning process and the applicant will have to respond to the feedback we receive and this is taken into consideration when we develop our recommendations," a spokesperson said.
The site of the proposed zoo is located approximately 33 kilometres west of the Sydney Central Business District and approximately 15 kilometres east of Penrith. It is in close proximity to the Great Western Highway, M4 Western Motorway and Westlink M7.
The vision for the zoo is to create an iconic tourist attraction that complements the overall masterplan for the Bungarribee Precinct of the Western Sydney Parklands. The zoo is also intended form part of the cultural infrastructure for the region and wider Sydney area through:
- Provision of educational programs for the public focusing on the natural and cultural heritage of Western Sydney;
- Providing for a high level of information and education about species conservation to enable visitors to understand first-hand about living with animals;
- Ensuring the built form and structure of the Zoo will have as minimal visual impacts as possible on the wider Bungarribee Precinct; and
- Establishment of a key destination and tourist facility in the growing Western Sydney region, building on key transport and infrastructure links.