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Government promises new infrastructure and koala protection for Macarthur

artist's impression of Glenfield station under the Greater Macarthur plan.

An artist’s impression of Glenfield station under the Greater Macarthur plan.

Planning and housing minister Anthony Roberts has today invited community comment on plans for the future of Greater Macarthur.

He said the plans proposed well-planned communities, greatly improved roads, better transport connections, protection for koalas and jobs for local residents.

“The Greater Macarthur 2040 Interim Plan demonstrates how the NSW Government is planning for the future of this important region over the next 20 years,” Mr Roberts said.

“Under the plan, future residents will be better connected with easy access to public transport, new parks, and recreation space, all accessible via walkways and cycle ways for a growing community.

Roads, maritime and freight minister Melinda Pavey, said road improvements to Appin Road and the development of the Spring Farm Parkway will ensure the safety of road users and koalas.

“The creation of Spring Farm Parkway and the significant upgrade to Appin Road will ensure thousands of road users every day can use the road safely and efficiently, as well as protecting the local koala population,” Ms Pavey said.

Mr Roberts said that Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC) schemes for Greater Macarthur will ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place and paid for by developers.

“The SIC developed as part of Greater Macarthur 2040 will direct up to $1.58 billion towards infrastructure to provide funding for roads, schools, health and emergency services, and to make Greater Macarthur a highly desirable location for current and future residents,” he said.

The Greater Macarthur 2040 Interim Plan includes a $1 million grant program to ensure Koala friendly planning occurs in the area.

The funding will be released over the next two years to community groups, landowners and local council to undertake koala research, tree planting, pest management, and build greater community awareness about koalas and their habitat.

The interim plan includes 12 precincts.

A detailed plan for each precinct will show how new homes will be provided along with adequate open space, a variety of well designed housing options, transport connections, local employment, and shopping facilities.

The community is invited to have a say on the draft Plan and SIC until February 8, 2019 – visit www.planning.nsw.gov.au/greatermacarthur

In the meantime, Roads and Maritime Services will be displaying two Review of Environmental Factors’ (REFs) for the proposed upgrade of Appin Road between Ambarvale and Mt Gilead and proposed Appin Road safety improvement work between Mt Gilead and Appin.

The REFs will be on display until December 14, giving the community a chance to have a say on the proposed upgrade and safety improvement work.

The Department of Planning and Environment will commence exhibition of a Voluntary Planning Agreement to fund more than $80 million of works for the first stage of upgrades to Appin Road.

The proposed works are linked to the first 2,000 new homes to be constructed under already zoned lands at Gilead, the first stage of the broader Greater Macarthur Plan.

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