Wind the clock back just 20 years and you realise how much the south west region has changed.
Pictured here is a section of the massive expansion of Narellan Town Centre which is under construction on the north west side of Narellan Road.
A bridge will connect the new section with the existing stages of Narellan Town Centre on the east side of Narellan Road. It will be some sight once it’s all done.
There was a time when entire suburbs in the Macarthur region had no shops at all, but the picture is changing very fast in our neck of the woods.
In 10-20 years we will end up with as much if not more retail shopping than pretty much anywhere in the Sydney metropolitan area.
This will bring many new jobs locally, but it will also increase traffic on our roads because while we may be getting the shopping centres we deserve, we are not at the stage when the State Government will gives us public transport like they have in the city of Sydney.
The railway is going to come to Narellan as the south west rail line is extended further south than Leppington, but long term we need to make a push for more public transport options, including light rail and trams, as well as more cycle paths.
Of course it is worth remembering that once shopping giants at Narellan and Oran Park are completed, locals this end of Narellan Road won’t need to head east to Macarthur Square as much as they used to.
But the Square, which is also in the middle of massive extensions work, will continue to be a magnet for Campbelltown and even Liverpool residents.
Now, if we can also revitalise our main streets…