It won’t happen overnight but the transformation of Telopea will happen.
Ministers Pru Goward and Anthony Roberts visited the rundown suburb last Friday to announce a rezoning proposal that will revitalise Telopea with new homes and a vibrant town centre.
The transformation is expected to take 10-15 years to become a reality through several stages.
The state government will give Parramatta Council $5 million for new or upgraded infrastructure such as parks, lighting and streetscape improvements through its Precinct Support Scheme. It follows public feedback that Sturt and Acacia parks are under-utilised due to the lack of amenities.
“This is an important milestone in the development of Sydney,” Mr Roberts said. “We have a vision to turn tired old areas into vibrant communities.”
Between 4500-4900 new social, affordable and private homes will be built. Predominantly a social housing area, a mix of 70 per cent of private dwellings and 30 per cent of social housing is proposed.
Existing social housing tenants will be relocated during a staged process throughout the transformation and will get first preference if they wish to return.
Parramatta MP Geoff Lee has spent five years lobbying for the revitalisation. He hopes Telopea will become known for its natural assets and as a close-knit and caring community, rather than for housing that has reached the end of its lifespan.
“It will be transformed into the wonderful village it deserves to be,” Dr Lee said.
“It’s a suburb in transition and we want to make it the best it can be.”
Parramatta lord mayor Andrew Wilson added: “It’s wonderful that this government is taking the time to ensure our most vulnerable residents aren’t left behind.”
Deputy mayor Michelle Garrard welcomed the renewed focus on Telopea.
“We need to ensure now there is elected representatives, we voice community feedback,” she said.
“A number of residents have raised concerns regarding increase in traffic it will bring to the area and concerns relating to enough parking spaces to cater for an increase in residents. I will also keep a close eye on all the upgrades around the area which were identified during the planning stages.”
The rezoning proposal is on public exhibition until November 24. Department of Planning and Environment staff will answer residents’ questions at Dundas Neighbourhood Centre (October 27, 10.30am-2.30pm and November 18, 9.30am-12.30pm) and at Telopea Christian Centre (November 9, 4.30-7.30pm).
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