Construction work has begun on a new shopping centre at Emerald Hills.
The complex, expected to open in February next year, is set to feature supermarket giants Woolworths and Aldi.
Emerald Hills Shopping Village, located near the intersection of Raby Road and Camden Valley Way, is just part of the masterplan for the developing estate.
Macarthur Developments, which owns the estate, is also planning a sports field and community park, and has set aside land for the Department of Education to use for a primary school.
Macarthur Developments general manager Stephen McMahon said there had been plenty of positive feedback from locals about the site.
“A lot of people are also excited about an old fig tree we’ve got on a hill,” he said.
“It’s over 100 years old and you’ve got views up there like nowhere else in Macarthur.
“You can even see to the sand dunes in Kurnell.”
In addition to Woolworths and Aldi, the shopping village will feature pharmacies, medical centres, speciality stores and restaurants.
Macarthur Developments is also in talks with KFC and 7-Eleven.
“This will be more than just a local shopping centre,” Mr McMahon said.
“It will be a community hub.”
The Emerald Hills Shopping Village site is 10,000sqm, and will be roughly twice the size of Willowdale Shopping Centre found further down Camden Valley Way.
The site, when complete, will be easily accessible via a series of bicycle and walking paths.
Mr McMahon said the estate was being design with residents’ activity in mind.
“We’re really focussed on community health,” he said.
“Research has come saying one of the big issues with new estates is they’re not being designed with recreation and activity in mind – people are getting in their cars to pick up a litre of milk.
“Emerald Hills will be very different. You can drop your kids to school, visit the park, pick up your shopping and stop for a cup of coffee without ever getting in your car.
“There are paths all throughout the estate leading to the neighbourhood centre.”