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26 February 2019 Posted by 

THE GREAT URBAN RENEWAL

South West new hub for Southern Highlands
RED DWYER

URBAN renewal to the north and development of land releases to the south, that’s the aim to boost the Campbelltown-Macarthur centre as the capital of Sydney’s south west and a hub for the Southern Highlands and the Illawarra.

The dual role of the centre will be accomplished by balancing urban renewal along a 20-kilometre rail corridor from Glenfield, in the north, and the growth of land releases from Menangle Park to Appin. in the south, according to the interim Greater Macarthur 2040 document by the NSW Department of Planning and the Environment.
 
Currently in the northern part of the growth area a strong corridor of mixed, low-density residential housing exists along with large-format light industry, warehousing and logistics centres in Ingleburn and Minto.
 
To the south, the rural lands include former poultry enterprises and extractive industry; Menangle and Appin are rural villages, with Appin home to smaller-scale residential development.
 
The goal of the interim plan, which builds on Campbelltown City Council’s vision for the centre – a place of “ambition, innovation and opportunity” – to deliver the 30-minute city, is to provide a framework for the future development of these two elements, supporting the future of the Campbelltown-Macarthur centre.
 
”Providing local, high quality jobs for Greater Macarthur is a key challenge of the plan … [which] enables refocusing of employment from commuting to harnessing the local labour force for local businesses,” the document said.
 
Some 64 per cent of Campbelltown’s residents leave the local government area every day for work.
 
“A stronger catchment and demand for services in Campbelltown-Macarthur through growth is expected to increase investment in higher order employment,” the document said.
 
Looking to the future, the Glenfield to Macarthur corridor could be home to an additional 21,000 jobs over 20 years through the expansion of employment lands and through knowledge jobs in education and health.
 
The plan targets an additional 20,000 jobs within, or accessible to, the release areas with land south of Menangle Park having the potential for employment in logistics and warehousing.
 
Local jobs for local people within 30 minutes of home is a key objective of the government’s A Metropolis of Three Cities document and the Western City District Plan.


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