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17 April 2016 Posted by 


Help us determine city strategy

By Holroyd Mayor
Clr Greg Cummings

HOLROYD is a place for everyone.

That’s why Council is now asking that everyone in our local community share their vision for the future of Holroyd, by taking part in the review of our Community Strategic Plan (CSP).

By establishing a central vision for Holroyd and a series of supporting long-term strategies and City Targets, the CSP will assist Council in co-ordinating key issues such as: balancing our commitment to social cohesion; local business and the economy; our natural and built environments.

From my perspective as Mayor, it’s imperative that this high-level plan is developed through strong engagement with our ratepayers, businesses and local community groups, right across Holroyd’s culturally-diverse LGA.

The CSP will be developed and then implemented from the eyes of the people of Holroyd, so we can best articulate what we all see as being important to the future of our exciting City.

This collective, long-term vision from our community will allow Council to identify the key priorities, expectations and strategies which will underpin our operations to drive progressive, sustainable services and initiatives, enabling us to strategically respond to the current and future needs of the Holroyd community, over the next 20 years.

Importantly, this includes planning for the infrastructure and Council services that will be required to effectively support Holroyd’s ongoing development boom, which continues to deliver thousands of new dwellings as a result of changes to local planning controls.

Last financial year, Holroyd approved 3,500 dwellings, which is more than four times Council’s forecast and six times the State Government’s minimum dwelling target. In 2015/16, Holroyd is again on track for another $1 billion in developments.

Council also has two major revitalisation projects underway: the rejuvenation of the Merrylands and Wentworthville City Centres.

In Merrylands, there is a wide-range of public works planned for the CBD, including a new 2,800 square metre City Square on McFarlane Street, a multi-level public car park for up to 875 vehicles and improvements to streets, lighting and landscaping.

In nearby Wentworthville, we’re planning for between 1,600 to 1,800 new apartments; commercial space, a new car park for 650 vehicles, and new community facilities in a vibrant, modern Civic Precinct.

Council will also need to keep pace with what’s required to meet the needs of the corresponding population growth being experienced in Holroyd, which is expected to increase by more than a third, to a total of 141,583 by 2031.

The CSP will help us make sure that can happen.

From 2012, in accordance with the Local Government Act, Councils must review their own CSPs and roll the plan forward for a period of four years.

Our CSP will form the basis of all of our Council operations through a supporting delivery program, strategic resource plan and additional operational and project plans currently under development.

Council is confident that the CSP will truly reflect the changes to our LGA’s demographics and the aspirations and hopes of all of our community, ensuring Holroyd remains a place for everyone.

But in order to be effective, the CSP requires the co-operation and commitment of all of our local stakeholders, so Council can properly plan for infrastructure, facilities, services and amenities that accommodate the needs of our growing community.

As the people of Holroyd wait for a decision on our proposed merger with parts of Auburn and Parramatta, Council is getting on with the job with planning for the future of our City and advocating for the needs and wishes of this community.

You can help us do this by completing a short survey by visiting


Or for more information contact Council’s Corporate Planning team on 9840 9748.



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