THE NSW Department of Planning and Environment last week unveiled plans for a new town centre at Camellia that will offer vast green open spaces, restaurants and shops, and create about 5,000 new jobs.
The Department's Deputy Secretary of Growth, Design and Programs, Brendan Nelson, said the draft master plan for the Camellia town centre will help shape the town's future character as the focal point for a new community on the banks of the Parramatta River with easy access to jobs, entertainment hubs, Western Sydney University and the Parramatta CBD.
"The plan will transform an industrial area into a vibrant, connected community with open green space, waterfront parks, and a riverfront promenade for everyone to enjoy," Mr Nelson said.
"The public open space will make up one third of the town centre's transformed industrial land, including a riverfront park spread over more than eight hectares, stretching over 1.7 kilometres.
"The town centre will be a buzzing hub for this new community, and housing will be provided to suit a variety of budgets and people at different life stages.
"We will also ensure there is sufficient tree canopy and new open spaces throughout the town centre including plazas, parks and playing fields, and public access to the river.
"This new community will also reap the benefits of the Parramatta Light Rail on its doorstep with a new stop in the heart of the town centre. It will connect residents to jobs at Sydney's second city, the dynamic Parramatta, the health and education knowledge hub of Westmead, and eventually Sydney Olympic Park as part of its Stage 2 extension.
"There will also be a new bridge crossing over Duck River to Silverwater and the potential of another bridge crossing over Parramatta River to Rydalmere at the eastern end of the town centre."
The Department prepared the draft Camellia Town Centre Master Plan in consultation with a number of stakeholders, including the City of Parramatta Council and landowners, to guide development for the next 20 to 30 years.
Parramatta Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson welcomed the plans for Camellia town centre, in the north west of the Camellia Precinct.
"I am very much looking forward to the delivery of these plans that will create a healthy, connected community and protect and enhance the natural environment by unlocking the Parramatta River foreshore for the public with pedestrian and cycle access and links to the Parramatta Valley Cycleway," Cr Wilson said.
The Department said it continues to work with City of Parramatta Council, Transport for NSW, Roads and Maritime Services, and the Department of Education to develop a plan which considers the infrastructure needed to service the future town centre including traffic and transport solutions, open space and the provision of a potential future primary school accommodating up to 1,000 students.