It won’t happen overnight but the much needed transformation of Telopea is on its way.
Ministers Pru Goward and Anthony Roberts visited the rundown suburb on Friday to announce a rezoning proposal that will transform Telopea with new homes and a vibrant town centre.
The proposal includes plans for improved open spaces, a new community centre and a potential new town centre alongside the light rail stop.
A travelator is also proposed for those who struggle going up the hill on Sturt Street, Telopea’s main thoroughfare, along with tree line boulevards.
A Precinct Support Scheme will provide $5 million for Parramatta Council to spend on new or upgraded infrastructure such as parks and streetscape improvements
“This is an in important milestone in the development of Sydney,” Mr Roberts said.
“We have a vision to turn tired old areas into vibrant communities.”
Under the NSW government’s social housing building program, between 4500-4900 new social, affordable and private homes are to be built at the site.
The redevelopment of Telopea will increase the mix of social and affordable housing in the area. Predominantly a social housing area, a mix of 70 per cent of private dwellings and 30 per cent of social housing is proposed under the Telopea transformation.
Parramatta MP Geoff Lee has spent five years lobbying for the revitalisation of Telopea.
He hopes it will become known for its many natural assets and close knit and caring community
“It will transformed into the wonderful village it deserves to be,” Dr Lee said.
”It’s a suburb in transition and we want to make it the best it can be.”
Parramatta lord mayor Andrew Wilson added:
”It’s wonderful that this government is taking the time to ensure our most vulnerable residents aren’t left behind.”
The rezoning proposal went on public exhibition on Friday and ends on November 24.
Department of Planning and Environment staff will answer residents’ questions at Dundas Neighbourhood Centre (October 27, 10.30am-2.30pm and November 18, 9.30am-12.30pm) and at Telopea Christian Centre on November 9, 4.30-7.30pm.
More in next week’s edition of the Parramatta Sun.