NSW Planning and Housing Minister Anthony Roberts last week released the draft Priority Precinct Plan for Rhodes East, which has the potential to deliver up to 3,600 new homes, a new school, community facilities, shops, cafes and new pedestrian and cycling paths along the Parramatta River foreshore.
The Rhodes East area was nominated as a potential Priority Precinct by the City of Canada Bay Council, and includes land on the eastern side of the rail line, within walking distance of Rhodes train station. The Department of Planning and Environment has been working with the Council to investigate opportunities to revitalise the precinct.
Mr Roberts encouraged members of the community to give feedback on the draft plan to help shape the final vision for revitalising the area. He said the plan responds to the growing population of the city by providing new homes in a variety of price brackets and close to public transport.
"The government's priority is to address housing supply, but we also want to create lively communities that have good access to transport connections, activities, shops and cafes, as well as jobs and schools," the Minister said.
"This 20-year plan for Rhodes East is to create a range of housing types to suit different needs, including the delivery of affordable housing for our key workers.
"We want our essential workers such as police, teachers, nurses, ambulance and fire officers, cleaners and child carers to be able to afford to live where they want, near their jobs, their families, and not just where they can afford," Mr Roberts said.
Up to $5 million in Precinct Support Scheme funding will be provided for new infrastructure in the area such as upgrades to local parks, developing new community facilities or improving streetscapes when the plans are finalised.
More information about the draft Priority Precinct Plan for Rhodes East is available from the Department of Planning and Environment website at <http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Plans-for-your-area/Priority-Growth-Areas-and-Precincts/Rhodes-East>.