The NSW Government is seeking feedback from the public on the future of Penrith Lakes Parklands.
Penrith Lakes Parklands is a 1,935 hectare site that represents a unique blend of urban development and recreational parklands including lakes, rivers and heritage.
Minister for Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayres has announced the release of a Draft Vision Plan for Penrith Lakes Parklands for public consultation.
“With its rare and special location, nestled on the banks of the Nepean River and in the shadows of the Blue Mountains, Penrith Lakes can evolve into the jewel in the crown for Western Sydney,” Mr Ayres said.
“With almost 960 hectares of lakes and ponds, it will be the largest body of water in Sydney outside Sydney Harbour.
“Included in the plan is an urban development footprint of up to 410 hectares.
“This is a blank canvas ready for innovative and creative development ideas.
“This Draft Vision Plan is only a starting point and it will require input, ideas, imagination and feedback from the community to deliver a site that will become one of Western Sydney’s most significant recreational assets,” Mr Ayres said.
For the past 35 years the site has been a quarry, supplying approximately 50 per cent of the sand and gravel required by the Sydney building industry.
“The NSW Government is undertaking a four-month consultation process to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to have their say,” Mr Ayres added.
“This will include a number of open days to be held in Penrith in early 2015 where people can have their questions answered and provide input on the spot.”
Penrith Lakes has been operating since 1987 under a Deed of Agreement between the NSW Government and Penrith Lakes Development Corporation.
Under the Agreement, Penrith Lakes Development Corporation is required to progressively rehabilitate the land to create lakes and landforms, with some of the land to be delivered to the Government for a major parkland and lakes system for the people of Western Sydney.
The Draft Vision Plan provides some initial ideas about possible future uses for key areas of the site and information about the opportunities and challenges it presents which would need to be addressed.
Given the size of the site and complexity involved with this project, full development of the Parklands may need to occur in a staged way over 20 or more years, with different sections being gradually opened to the public.
For a copy of the Draft Vision Plan and information on how to make a submission, go to: www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au or www.opl.nsw.gov.au
Submissions will close on 30 April 2015.