$500 million rejuvenation for key Western Sydney centres

Published: 18 Jun 2020

Two revitalised town centres and thousands more homes are on the way for Western Sydney, with the NSW Government approving four major rezonings in Fairfield, Villawood, Harris Park and Silverwater.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the projects were fast-tracked through the NSW Government’s Planning System Acceleration Program and will help create better-connected and more liveable communities across Western Sydney. 

“Combined, these projects will deliver more than 2000 new homes, inject $500 million into the local economy and create 1000 local jobs during construction,” Ms Berejiklian said. 

“This is about bringing new life and vibrancy back into these town centres and creating well-connected communities so more people can live closer to where they work.”

The four planning approvals will see:

  • a $326 million upgrade to the Villawood Town Centre to transform existing lots into a vibrant mixed-use precinct
  • a $173.9 million facelift of the Fairfield Heights Town Centre to breathe new life into its high street with increased building heights and floorspace
  • changes to the Auburn Local Environment Plan to allow an existing warehouse site to be converted to office space in Silverwater
  • changes to Parramatta’s Local Environmental Plan to enable further housing and improved pedestrian access near Parkes Street, Harris Park.

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the changes will unlock the future economic potential of Western Sydney’s suburban centres.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has generated a shift in economic activity to our suburbs and local centres as more people work from home and avoid commuting into traditional city CBDs,” Mr Stokes said.

“These new town centres seek to create and reinvigorate the existing retail and street frontages, unlocking the potential of our high streets and encouraging the creation of local economies across Western Sydney closer to where people live.”

These four planning approvals build on several other projects in Western Sydney that have been fast-tracked through the Planning System Acceleration Program that is fast-tracking planning assessments to keep people in jobs and the economy moving during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Western Sydney projects approved through the program in Tranche 2 include: 

project     investment value  jobs
Catherine Field Primary School  $43 million 411
Eastern Creek Retail Centre $59 million  391
Marsden Park Public School  $48 million  227
Girraween Waste Recycling Transfer Facility $4.5 million 20
Mamre Road Precinct $2.6 billion 5253
Villawood Town Centre $326 million 653
Parkes Street, Harris Park rezoning $49.9 million  100
Silverwater Road, Auburn rezoning $6.3 million 13
Fairfield Heights Town Centre $173.9 million 348
total $3.2 billion 7416
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