Western Sydney maritime precinct a step closer to reality

1 SEPTEMBER 2017

Plans for Western Sydney’s own maritime precinct are a step closer with a development application lodged for a $60 million project at Wentworth Point.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the proposed maritime precinct on the banks of the Parramatta River and Homebush Bay near Sydney Olympic Park would include a marina, dry boat storage with launching facilities and an over-water rowing club.

“Now the development application has been lodged with City of Parramatta Council and community members have the opportunity to comment via the council’s development application process,” the spokesperson said.

“If approved, planning for the project including engagement of operators could start next year, with further opportunities for community feedback during this process.

“The development application includes a 63 wet berth marina, which will cater for boats up to 15 metres long, a dry storage stacking facility for 228 boats which will cater for boats up to 10 metres long, retail and cafes and a carpark to cater for the maritime facilities.

“The additional storage facilities align with Transport for NSW Sydney Harbour Boat Storage Strategy which was published in 2013. It identified a shortage of marina berths, with the site at Wentworth Point identified as a preferred location for a facility in Western Sydney.

“The maritime facilities would also include a three level rowing club for training teams with a 24 hour kayak access ramp for the local community, gym, restaurant, and function room.”

Roads and Maritime has carried out a considerable amount of work to review public spaces and landscaping in and around the area.

The Wentworth Point maritime precinct is part of the NSW’s Government’s Urban Activation Precinct program which involves repurposing 18.6 hectares of surplus land owned by Roads and Maritime Services at Wentworth Point, next to Homebush.

The land is being developed to provide an increased supply of housing with local jobs and social infrastructure for Sydney. A new 3.9 hectare peninsula park for active and passive recreation spaces is another key feature of this precinct. Work to build a new school for the expanding Sydney Olympic Park communities is under way by the Department of Education, due for completion next year.

Roads and Maritime has engaged UrbanGrowth NSW as the development manager for Wentworth Point, as part of a Plan for Growing Sydney’s identification of the area as a priority precinct.

Key stakeholders and the broader community will be informed as the various stages of the Wentworth Point Urban Activation Precinct are progressed.

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