Huge council projects given the green light

Exciting: An artist's impression of the billabong precinct planned for Bradbury's Apex Park.
Exciting: An artist's impression of the billabong precinct planned for Bradbury's Apex Park.

Macarthur will soon be home to a new skate park, a fresh cricket facility and a man-made billabong.

Wollondilly, Camden and Campbellltown councils have received funding for a number of community projects under the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, part of the Western Sydney City Deal.

The successful projects were announced today under round one of the program, with each of the eight councils involved in the city deal receiving funding.

An $18.75 million state-of-the-art water recreation space is set to be built in Bradbury.

Plans for the billabong include a range of recreational water play facilities over a four hectare site on the corner of Oxley Street and The Parkway, including a stream, swimming lagoon and a zero-depth play area.

Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic said this groundbreaking project would launch the city’s transformation into a significant metropolitan destination.

“The concept design of the billabong has been inspired by our unique natural environment including the rock pools, waterfalls and rapids of the Dharawal National Park that will be set in our city centre for everyone to enjoy,” Cr Brticevic said.

“With the size of the Western Parkland City population set to grow to 1.5 million by 2036 there will be a greater requirement for quality amenities capable of catering to those people.

“It will create a new water attraction in western Sydney and reduce the effects of urban heat as well as bring job opportunities and increased trade to nearby businesses.”

The concept design includes a series of rock pools along a meandering waterway that leads to a large 1700sqm lagoon that will be up to 1.5m deep.

Young children will be able to play in a zero-depth water play area with a range of interactive elements, as streams flow around boulders and other natural obstacles.

Stories of local Aboriginal and European history will be featured throughout the facility.

Campbelltown Council will consult with the community to finalise the design of the billabong before it goes out to tender next year.

It is expected that the project will be constructed and ready to open in 2021.

Wollondilly will soon be home to a new skate park in Appin and outdoor fitness equipment in eight locations across the shire.

Wollondilly mayor Matthew Deeth said council was excited to receive the first round of funding to bring the projects to life.

“This community infrastructure will make a positive difference to our residents, promoting healthy lifestyles, supporting cultural activities and making Wollondilly an even better place to live, learn, work and play,” he said,

“It has been great to see eight mayors working together at a regional level for a long term commitment to the people of Western Sydney as part of the City Deal.”

The council will also undertake planning and consultation for a community, cultural and civic precinct in Picton as well as future planning for the regional sporting complex at Tahmoor.  

Camden residents are set to benefit from joint funding of $15 million to go towards three sport and recreation facilities in the area.

Camden mayor Peter Sidgreaves welcomed the funding and said the investment, coupled with a more than $11 million contribution from the council, would provide the Camden local government area with three state of the art sporting facilities.

“This funding will go towards the development for Stage 2 of the Narellan Sports Hub, Stage 1 of the Ferguson’s Land Premier Cricket Facility and Camden’s first synthetic football field,” Cr Sidgreaves said.

“Council is committed to providing our residents with the highest quality sport and recreation facilities, and this funding will ensure we continue to deliver exceptional facilities to cater for the growing needs of our community.

“I thank both the federal and state governments for their funding and look forward to the completion of these three fantastic recreational community projects.”