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The Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy provides a planned approach to growth, with infrastructure delivery and development co-ordinated along the corridor.


The Strategy plans for new homes and jobs over the next 20 years and builds on the Sydney Metro City and Southwest project.


There are 11 station precincts within the corridor. They are already great places to live, and each has its own unique qualities. This Strategy will enhance the precincts by: valuing neighbourhood character, renewing town centres, providing improved open spaces and community services and facilities.


Exhibition on the revised draft Strategy closed on 3 September. We are now considering the community submissions and working on the Final Strategy. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.


Our vision for Sydenham

Based on your feedback our vision for Sydenham is:

  • A creative and dynamic centre that increases and diversifies employment opportunities with new and exciting businesses and industries, cafes, bars, restaurants and venues for live music.
  • Pockets of residential development, including live/work spaces to help bring a greater range of activity to Sydenham.
  • Retain the industrial warehouse buildings that contribute to the character of the area and adaptively re-use them in new development.
  • Improve the quality of the public realm with new footpaths, street trees and street lighting to create a great place to live and work.


What’s changed

This map shows the key changes that have been made to the Sydenham Station Precinct Plan as a result of your feedback.


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sydenham whats changed map



The following key actions will be delivered in the next 12 months:

Action Description
Design of GreenWay South West The Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) is preparing a concept landscape master plan for a shared pedestrian and cycle link and linear park should surplus rail land become available.
Public Domain and Station Access Plan Sydney Metro will prepare a Public Domain and Station Access Plan for improved station design, accessibility and interchange with other transport. The new metro station at Sydenham will provide improved pedestrian and bicycle access.
Finalisation of the Strategy and Local Planning Direction DP&E will finalise the Strategy including a local planning direction (a Section 9.1 Direction) to guide future development.
Special Infrastructure Contribution DP&E is preparing a draft Special Infrastructure Contribution plan (SIC) to identify the regional infrastructure improvements required to support growth in the Corridor. The SIC levy will fund a range of community, transport and open space infrastructure.
Planning for Schools The Department of Education will identify locations for new or expanded schools within the corridor based on the growth proposed in the Strategy.
Precinct Support Scheme Funding DP&E will provide funding to Councils through the Precinct Support Scheme to improve amenity and infrastructure within the Corridor.
Sydenham Station Creative Hub Inner West Council will exhibit a Planning Proposal, including potential public domain improvements to Sydenham and Marrickville Roads, to complement the night time uses proposed the Sydenham Station Creative Hub.

Next steps

We will use community feedback to produce the final Strategy. Once finalised, we will continue to work with stakeholders to deliver the Strategy and plans over the coming years.


Previous feedback

We released the initial draft Strategy and precinct plans in October 2015. Over the past 18 months we’ve also been talking and listening to community feedback to develop the revised draft strategy. You told us:

  • Sydenham’s unique creative character, industries and spaces are important to you. 
  • Industrial areas provide local employment including spaces for artists, small businesses and creative industries. These areas need to be protected.
  • Connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists between the Sydenham, Marrickville and Tempe railway stations need improvement.
  • Streetscape and public areas need to be upgraded to enhance liveability.
  • Good design of residential apartments is important.

More detailed information on your feedback can be found in the Sydenham Station Precinct Plan.


Page last updated: 04/07/2019