Town centres need greater regional recognition

Published Tuesday, 19th December 2017

Faifield showground
Map of Fairfield Showground masterplan

Fairfield City Council is calling on the Greater Sydney Commission to better recognise the strategic role of the City’s town centres and prioritise investigation of transport proposals.

Key recommendations in Council’s submission to the Greater Sydney Commission on the draft Western City District Plan include:

  • Greater acknowledgement of the potential for Prairiewood Town Centre.
  • Prioritise urban renewal in town centres close to rail stations.
  • Include the ‘keyhole lands’ in Western Sydney Parklands as part of the Urban Investigation Area of future land use in Horsley Park and Cecil Park.
  • Prioritise investigations of key proposed transport corridors.
  • Identification of Fairfield City as a settlement city for newly arrived refugees and the actions of State and Federal Governments to better resource Council’s role.
  • Greater acknowledgement of community precincts such as Fairfield Showground as a regional sporting and cultural destination, and Cabravale Leisure Centre as a potential health and wellbeing precinct.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said Council’s submission highlights Council’s focus on enhancing the City’s liveability for current and future residents.

“Our City will be a gateway to the future Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek, delivering jobs, economic growth and social benefits that are fundamental to a liveable city,” Mayor Carbone said. “The 20 year Plan is a blueprint for reshaping Fairfield City.”

“Council’s submission has requested the Greater Sydney Commission prioritises the investigation of fundamental infrastructure such as the proposed freight and public transport corridors, which includes a railway station at Prairiewood on a line that links Parramatta and the future airport.”

“The proposed rail line aligns with Council’s commitment to the staged development of Fairfield Showground at Prairiewood and highlights the need to better acknowledge the function and location of Prairiewood Town Centre as a strategic hub in Western Sydney.”

Fairfield City Centre is the only town centre in Fairfield City identified in the draft Plan as a ‘strategic centre’, which includes a focus on boosting the number of local jobs and homes.

“Acknowledging Prairiewood as the City’s second ‘strategic centre’ and also undertaking urban renewal at other town centres will ensure our community will benefit from improved access to housing, jobs, open space, infrastructure and services,” Mayor Carbone said.

“Urban renewal could unlock further potential for Cabramatta, Canley Vale, Yennora, Carramar, Guildford and Villawood, all of which have access to existing rail transport.”

Council also met with several hundred residents in late November to discuss Horsley Park and Cecil Park rural lands being included in the draft Plan as an Urban Investigation Area.

“Horsley Park and Cecil Park residents were overwhelmingly open to changes in future land use and are supportive of getting further involved with Council to undertake a rural lands study in conjunction with the Greater Sydney Commission,” Mayor Carbone said. 

“We are committed to the community and want to take every opportunity available to get the planning right, which is why Council has also recommended that the ‘keyhole lands’ surrounded by Western Sydney Parklands between The Horsley Drive and Chandos Road are included in the Urban Investigation Area.”

“To ensure the best outcome for the rural lands is achieved, our submission has requested that the Greater Sydney Commission works in partnership with Fairfield and Penrith councils, Sydney Water and Transport for NSW.”

“Following our submission on the draft Plan, Council will continue discussions with the Greater Sydney Commission to ensure key proposals are delivered.”