Western Sydney Parklands gets $20M of extra playspace
Published: 9 February 2019 at 12:00 am
The NSW Government today announced Western Sydney is getting $20 million worth of additional recreational facilities in the Western Sydney Parklands.
Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said the Government’s economic management is allowing it to make these sorts of major investments and keep delivering for Western Sydney.
“The NSW Government is creating new recreational spaces in the southern area of the Parklands at Cecil Hills and expanding existing facilities in Doonside’s Bungarribee Park,” Ms Upton said.
“Plans for the Southern Parklands include a new regional dog park, including a massive off-leash area, and an 80 vehicle car park and more picnic facilities at Shale Hills.
“We’re also building the first stage of the 8.5km Western Ridges Walk, which will become the new iconic walk for Western Sydney, as well as an additional three kilometres of tracks and trails across the Southern Parklands.
“New works at Bungarribee Park include 10 kilometres of cycle and walking tracks with six bridges criss-crossing Eastern Creek, car parking for 120 more cars, additional native trees for shade, as well as picnic and barbeque areas,” Ms Upton said.
Work has started at Bungarribee Park and all other projects should be finished by 2022.
“In addition, we are revegetating 300 hectares of the Southern Parklands with more than 700,000 Cumberland Plain Woodland trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses to create an ideal habitat for the local wildlife,” Ms Upton said.
“These additions enhance the chain of recreational and sporting facilities already in Western Sydney Parklands that stretch in a 27 kilometre band across Western Sydney from Quakers Hill in the north west to Leppington in the south.
The 5,280 hectare chain of greenspace and recreational land is the largest urban parkland in Australia and attracts around 4 million visits a year, Ms Upton said.
“That’s why we call it Sydney’s biggest back yard; containing sports facilities, bike tracks, nature trails and huge leisure facilities such as Wet’n’Wild, the Sydney International Equestrian Centre and Sydney Motorsport Park.”
Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies said the NSW Government firmly believes the community should explore the state’s beauty and open spaces are there to be enjoyed.
Find out more about the Southern Parklands Framework.