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Turrella, with its rich history, natural setting and vibrant, caring community is an increasingly sought-after area for people to call home.


The Department of Planning and Environment is working with Bayside Council and the community to look at opportunities to plan for this growing community in a co-ordinated way, with a focus on protecting Turrella’s local character, environment and its Wolli Creek surrounds.


There is wide agreement that the most sustainable form of urban renewal is to create high-quality precincts on public transport nodes, and we are working to create these across Sydney.


The Department is at the early stages of planning and engaging with the community to identify opportunities for revitalisation and the infrastructure needed to support the local community.


We are working with consultants who will carry out technical studies to better understand Turrella’s unique environment. These specialist studies, including urban design, planning, landscape, transport, ecological, sustainability, social infrastructure, contamination, economic, air quality and heritage considerations, will inform future planning for Turrella.


We are committed to continuing to engage with the community throughout the process to help ensure that future planning will uphold Turrella’s unique characteristics.


Preparing the plan

The initial area for investigation was identified using accepted planning principles regarding 400m and 800m walking distances to public transport.


In response to community feedback and initial surveys, the area of investigation for rezoning has been significantly reduced to an area concentrated around Turrella railway station.


More detailed information and a map of the revised investigation area is available on our Frequently Asked Questions.


The Department will now commission specialist studies, including a traffic and transport study that will investigate existing issues including narrow local roads and access over the railway line, as well as modelling of future transport needs. Additional studies will address flooding, local environmental issues including air quality and contamination and heritage.


Residents’ concerns and feedback will be considered in these studies. The Department will also establish a working group, including Bayside Council and state agencies, to guide the planning process and review the specialist studies.From the studies, the Department will develop a draft plan which will be placed on public exhibition for a minimum period of six weeks in late 2018. At this stage, the community and stakeholders will be encouraged to provide formal feedback in the form of submissions.


Following the exhibition period, the Department will review all submissions received during the community consultation process. The Department may amend the draft plan in response to the submissions, which may include further studies and community and stakeholder consultation. If the Department makes significant changes to the draft plan at this stage of the planning process, the modified plan would be re-exhibited for community feedback.


As the final step in the process, the plan will be provided to the Minister for determination. If the Minister decides to approve the plan, rezoning would then take place.