Have your say on Telopea draft masterplan

Future is on track: "The proposed light rail service is central to the growth and prosperity of Telopea and is a catalyst for redevelopment," the masterplan states.

Future is on track: "The proposed light rail service is central to the growth and prosperity of Telopea and is a catalyst for redevelopment," the masterplan states.

Revamp: Existing parks such as Sturt Park (pictured) will be upgraded, along with the addition of new parks, plazas, lighting, footpaths and street furniture.

Revamp: Existing parks such as Sturt Park (pictured) will be upgraded, along with the addition of new parks, plazas, lighting, footpaths and street furniture.

Plans to transform Telopea from drab to fab are closer to reality.

A state government Communities Plus project in partnership with City of Parramatta Council will turn the rundown suburb into a dynamic and vibrant community with an integrated mix of housing and improved infrastructure.

Sneak peek: Joan Conroy and Ann Crisp were impressed with the plans. "The sessions went extremely well," Parramatta MP Geoff Lee said. Picture: Simon Bennett

Sneak peek: Joan Conroy and Ann Crisp were impressed with the plans. "The sessions went extremely well," Parramatta MP Geoff Lee said. Picture: Simon Bennett

The project will deliver $2.5 billion of new social, private and affordable housing and housing infrastructure and aims deliver 30 per cent social housing and 70 per cent private housing on redeveloped government land.

Between 3500 and 4500 new homes will be built over 20 years.

Other plans include  mixed use retail with new cafes, restaurants and a large supermarket, a new 3000 square metre multipurpose community centre/library, a new childcare/after-school care centre and increasing Telopea Public School’s capacity.

“Telopea is an ideal location – a tree-covered suburb amidst rapidly growing employment and education hubs,” the masterplan states.

“As Parramatta develops a stronger character and identity within the growing Sydney region, Telopea has an opportunity to strengthen its own identity as an active and inclusive community.” 

Sessions were recently held to get public feedback on the draft masterplan.

Parramatta MP Geoff Lee hosted two sessions.

“Everyone was excited to see the visions for Telopea,” he told the Sun.

“It’s a great opportunity to refresh housing that has reached the end of its life expectancy. Everyone recognises that a greater cohesive community is warranted. Telopea is a fantastic suburb with a lot of potential.”

The partnership was the result of a council lord mayoral minute last year.

“It’s the people who are holding this community together,” then lord mayor Scott Lloyd said at the time.

“It’s a great opportunity to breathe life into the area. There are no plans at present so what we’re going to see will be brand new.’’

The masterplan is expected to go on public exhibition early next year.

Residents won’t see drastic changes overnight.

The first social housing relocations will not occur until late 2017 at the earliest. Social housing tenants will have the opportunity to return to the new dwellings.

“This is a 10 to 15 year plan,” Dr Lee said.

“People should familiarise themselves with the plans as this is community for all of us. It’s an exciting time for Telopea.”

A pop up stall will be held at the Waratah shops in Benaud Place this Saturday (September 10), 10am-1pm.

The Telopea Master Planning office at 6 Shortland Street is open 10am-4pm weekdays.

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