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A vibrant new community with improved access to the river foreshore, a range of new homes including affordable housing, a new primary school and potential river pool. 

The Department of Planning and Environment has been working closely with the City of Canada Bay Council to investigate opportunities to revitalise Rhodes East. The Rhodes East area was nominated as a potential Priority Precinct by Council, and includes land on the eastern side of the rail line, within walking distance of Rhodes train station.

The Department has undertaken a range of consultation activities with the local community and other stakeholders to understand what they like about their area and how it could be improved in the coming years. This feedback was used to help inform a draft plan for the area.   

The draft Plan identifies opportunities for improving access to the Parramatta River foreshore, new pedestrian and cycle paths, shops, cafes and community facilities, a new primary school and potential river pool.

Up to 3,600 new homes would be provided, ranging from terraces to apartments, and up to 200 of these would be affordable housing, catering to essential workers such as police, teachers and child care educators.

A key feature of the draft Plan is a landscaped pedestrian bridge from the train station to McIlwaine Park, across Blaxland Road and Concord Road, improving access for walking and cycling.

In addition, the NSW Government has allocated approximately $5 million of additional funds for local infrastructure upgrades in Rhodes East through the Priority Precinct Support scheme.  The funding will enable council to provide local infrastructure that will directly benefit the community, such as community facilities, foreshore enhancements and improvements to existing open space. 

You can find out more here.



Submissions on the draft plans for the Rhodes East Priority Precinct are now closed.


Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to fill out our survey, sent in a submission or attended one of our information sessions over the public exhibition period.


The next steps of the process are;

  • Review submissions and address issues raised;
  • Finalise details of the infrastructure requirements and developer levy;
  • Finalise the precinct plan and make recommendations to the Minister for Planning;
  • Minister for Planning approves the precinct plan and SEPP amendments are published;
  • Council approves the Rhodes East Development Control Plan.


How we're planning for Rhodes East

Infographic: 1 Strategic Planning - City of Canada By Council nominates Central Rhodes for investigation to DPE Draft Planned Precinct vision and objectives endorsed by Council. Infographic: 2 Project Establishment - DPE, Council and state agencies work in collaboration to carry out additional planning studies.
Infographic: 3 Precinct Planning - Department evaluates reports and prepares exhibition material for the precinct.Infographic: 4 Exhibition - The precinct plan is exhibited and the community is encouraged to have its day on the plan.
Infographic: 5 Finalisation - The final report is prepared and a recommendation is made to the Minister for Planning based on community feedback (we are here in the process).Infographic: 6 Determination - Rezoning determination is made by the Minister.


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