THE New South Wales government has formally declared Sydney’s Greater Macarthur as a growth area, paving the way for the region to develop 58,000 new homes and provide 40,000 jobs.
Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the declaration means Greater Macarthur is one step closer to realising its vision of becoming a new and vibrant metropolitan region in south west Sydney.
“This is the next stage of a plan to transform South West Sydney from a series of commuter suburbs to a coherent centre full of jobs, culture, public spaces, green and open areas.
“This formally recognises the guiding principles for how we develop the area in the future and ensures we deliver infrastructure like transport, utilities and parks alongside new jobs and homes.”
The growth area includes 12 precincts stretching from Macarthur to Appin, with different types of housing to be built around seven train stations.
Stokes said Greater Macarthur is home to some of Sydney’s most precious flora and fauna and the region’s environment and biodiversity will be protected through a range of measures, including the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan.
“Importantly, koala preservation has been addressed with land east of the Appin Road being reserved to protect our regionally significant koala corridor along the Georges River,” Stokes said.