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More than 150 people visited the Department of Planning and Environment’s community drop-in session at Campsie to learn about the plans for the Sydenham to Bankstown urban renewal corridor last week.


“We are really appreciative that so many of the local community came out and engaged with the planning process,” said Brendan Nelson, Deputy Secretary, Growth, Design and Programs.


“About 150 members of the community and other interested stakeholders came to our drop-in information session and were able to ask questions of our planners about the 20-year vision for this corridor.


“So far we have had about 350 submissions and 300 respondents to the online survey. We always value the community’s views and the feedback about what residents like in their area, and what could be improved in coming years.”


The revised strategy is a 20-year vision for 35,400 new homes and 8,700 jobs within an 800m walking distance of high quality transport like a new Metro station between Sydenham to Bankstown.


“This revised strategy is the result of extensive community consultation through which we received 1,800 submissions. We held numerous community workshops and meetings, and undertook additional technical studies including heritage studies and updates to social infrastructure, employment and feasibility reports,” he said.


“We encourage the community to make a submission on the revised strategy. The Department will review all submissions and use the feedback to produce the final strategy that will inform the future direction and vision for this corridor.”


The Department has engaged the community in the planning process through:

  • An online survey
  • A letterbox drop to over 65,000 homes along the corridor to make the community aware the revised strategy is on exhibition
  • Postcards with information about the exhibition handed out at every station along the corridor
  • Community drop-in sessions 
  • Meeting with key community groups and stakeholders
  • Brochures translated into four key languages – Greek, Chinese (simplified script), Arabic and Vietnamese and copies placed on the Department’s website
  • Provided exhibition documents for viewing at councils (Inner West Council and City of Canterbury Bankstown Council), customer service centres and libraries
  • Sent out emails to people who have registered for project updates and key stakeholders.


There are five community drop-in information sessions remaining at:

  • Lakemba Uniting Church, 69 Holden St, Lakemba, on 9 August
  • The Bryan Brown Theatre and Function Centre, Corner of Rickard Road and Chapel Road, Bankstown, on 12 August
  • Salvation Army, 54 Dulwich St, Dulwich Hill, on 16 August
  • Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville Road, Marrickville, on 19 August
  • Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL, 20-26 Canterbury Road, Hurlstone Park, on 22 August.


Information on all the precincts will be available at these community sessions, with expert Department staff on hand to answer questions.


The public are also encouraged to make a submission on the revised strategy at:


Department of Planning and Environment media contact (02) 9274 6128


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