Western Sydney Parklands is getting a facelift with $32.1 million being invested in the upcoming NSW Budget to improve recreational areas and conservation projects at Western Sydney Parklands, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Environment and Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton announced today.
Mr Perrottet said the NSW Government’s strong investment in the Parklands made a significant contribution to Sydney’s open spaces and bushland.
“Western Sydney is booming, and we’re not just investing in jobs and infrastructure – we are also creating parklands and open green spaces for families and communities to enjoy,” Mr Perrottet said.
The 5,280 hectare parklands provide an important green corridor that stretches 27 kilometres from Blacktown in the north to Liverpool in the south.
“Western Sydney Parklands is Sydney’s biggest backyard – with two million residents living in the region this investment will allow the Western Sydney Parklands Trust to continue its conservation work and improve recreation spaces in the parklands,” Ms Upton said.
The $32.1 million investment includes nearly $21 million towards capital works projects. Some of the highlights will include:
• $4 million for the ongoing development of Bungarribee Park, the largest recreational space in Western Sydney, including a new toilet block, picnic shelter and activities to further activate Warrigal Run
• More than $960,000 for ongoing conservation work on the restoration and expansion of the 1,000 hectare bushland corridor; this includes the planting of native wildflowers and thousands of native trees to restore the Cumberland Plain
• New multipurpose walking and cycling paths to link the popular recreational and playground areas, Lizard Log, and Plough and Harrow in Abbotsbury
• Opportunities to strengthen stormwater management, restore riparian corridors and improve water quality in Eastern Creek
• Additional tracks, extra seating and shade, improved signage, additional planting and track maintenance in the northern parklands
• Planning for the future recreational needs of residents and visitors in the southern parklands, including walking and cycling tracks
• New roads and facilities for the Parkland’s business hubs providing benefits for the community and economy
• Better access to Horsley Park Urban Farms including improved tracks, signage and fencing.