Elderslie function centre proposal a first for the region

Residents have no need to be concerned about the size of a proposed function centre at the entrance to Camden.

That’s what development manager Michael Viskovich believes.

Mr Viskovich represents Sydney-based developers Nations Wealth Pty Ltd who submitted a development application to build a large two-storey function centre, restaurant and hotel at Elderslie.

The multi-million dollar development, if approved, would be located next to Sadek Motor Group with entrances via Camden Valley Way and Harrington Street, Elderslie.

“The development has been designed to accommodate any concerns,” Mr Viskovich said.

“We welcome working with council and the local community.

“This will a fantastic addition to the local area and will certainly provide opportunities for growth for the local economy and local employment.”

Mr Viskovich said Camden was in need of a high-quality function venue to cater for the growing population, the impending airport at Badgerys Creek and a lack of similar venues in the region.

“We are looking to the future and the Camden area is one of the fastest growing local areas in the state and in Australia,” he said.

“It’s high-quality location in a beautiful area right near Camden.”

The proposed development includes a 100-seat restaurant, a 350-person function centre, 80 accommodation rooms and 250 parking spaces – including an underground parking garage.

Camden business owner Steve Wisbey said the area was in need of a wedding function centre and accommodation.

“The idea of a function centre and accommodation has been long awaited in Camden – the only thing that most people are concerned about is the design,” he said.

“It’s too big for site and so over-developed – it looks almost like Rydges or something in Campbelltown.

“The site is approved for a function centre, the design just needs to be more suited to Camden.

“In Camden you only have some accommodation at Narellan, The Crown and Camden Valley Inn – people do want a place to stay when they come to weddings or events out here.

“If they get it right, it will be great.”

People also took to the Advertiser Facebook page to have their say on the design.

Rae Kidd said she liked the idea of a function centre in the area.

“Personally I don’t think it would be a bad thing but I definitely don’t think a modern facade is the way to go. Not with Camelot across the paddocks and the heritage buildings in Camden,” she said.

Irene Lowe said extra traffic would put more pressure on Harrington Street.

“I live very close to this proposed development and Harrington Street will not cope with the traffic especially school hours [and] netball season,” she wrote.

“It’s not wide enough for two cars to pass if there are cars parked on the side of the road, more thought regarding infrastructure is definitely needed.”

Camden Council is unlikely to be the consent authority for this application.

The regional IHAP will have responsibility for approving or rejecting the proposed development.

To see the full development application for the function venue visit the Camden Council website.

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