Message from our
CEO David Pitchford
Welcome to ‘Living Cities’, UrbanGrowth NSW’s quarterly eNews which aims to give you a quick snapshot of some of our recent activities.
At UrbanGrowth NSW we are passionate about our state and the way we live in it. Our mandate from the government gives us oversight of a portfolio of very exciting programs that will shape the way we live, greatly improving the amenity and livability of our cities.
There is much to be positive about when we look at what these programs will deliver to the people of NSW – vibrant and connected communities with better transport and leisure facilities, cultural and entertainment opportunities, more green space, adaptive reuse of heritage areas, greater diversity of new housing supply, employment opportunities in local neighbourhoods, and much more.
"We are embarking on a journey where there is, and will be, a great deal of collaboration with the community, government and industry to develop the vision and strategy of these programs, as well as to enable their delivery."
So let’s look at some of the recent announcements in the programs that UrbanGrowth NSW is working on.
Our involvement in The Bays Precinct was announced by Premier Mike Baird and Planning Minister Pru Goward in July this year, and in November we held The Bays Precinct Sydney International Summit. The Bays site has great potential for Sydney and NSW, with more than 80 hectares of harbour front land. We now have the opportunity to transform this area into a world class and vibrant precinct that furthers the character and global standing of our city.
The summit provided an outstanding forum for delegates, policymakers, the community, and our organisation, to think, hear, discuss and learn about successful large-scale urban transformation projects from around the world. It provided us with fantastic insights that will be applied across our whole portfolio, and fostered relationships that will ensure we remain at the cutting edge of urban transformation. The success of the summit is something I am immensely proud of. It would not have been possible without the NSW Government’s enthusiasm for our work, the tireless efforts of the UrbanGrowth NSW staff, and of course the passion and input from those who attended the event.
Minister for Planning Pru Goward also recently announced the public display of the Draft Parramatta Road Urban Renewal Strategy, which UrbanGrowth NSW is leading. Transformation of the Parramatta Road corridor will bring new housing and jobs, more transport options, business, investment and community life. We are at the very early stages of planning for the transformation of the corridor and value feedback on the strategy to reinvent one of Sydney’s most infamously congested and run down road corridors.
These two exciting opportunities for our organisation and NSW are only a part of our work. Our Major Urban Transformation Portfolio has five other projects which continue to progress. Also, through our land development activities managed by the Retail Transition division, we are working on delivering housing and communities in Sydney’s west - meeting the needs of the growing communities in NSW.
On this front I am pleased to announce our 10,000 home sites program continues to achieve its targets ahead of schedule, and will wind up three months early in March 2015.
I hope that these updates will help to provide you with context and understanding around some of UrbanGrowth NSW’s ongoing work for the state. With this in mind, it’s my pleasure to introduce the following news.
David Pitchford
Chief Executive
UrbanGrowth NSW
 
Project Profile
UrbanGrowth NSW released
for sale the largest of
its development sites within the
fast-growing North Ryde
Station precinct. The
1.2-hectare mixed-use
'superlot' will form part of
Lachlan's Line, a
master-planned development
announced by the government
in 2013 as part of the North
Ryde Urban Activation
Precinct.
At completion, Lachlan's Line will be home to around 3,000 new homes within 10 minutes of a major train station. It is expected to create 9,000 new jobs during construction from civil and apartment works, and at least 250 onsite jobs in retail and hospitality. Read more
Our Major Urban Transformation Portfolio
The Bays Precinct Urban Transformation Program
Newcastle Urban Transformation and Transport Program
Parramatta Road Urban Transformation Program
Central to Eveleigh Urban Transformation and Transport Program
Green Square Town Centre
Parramatta North Urban Transformation
North West Rail Urban Transformation and Transport Program
Green Square Town Centre
In exciting news for Green Square Town Centre, the first round of apartment sales on November 1 was a complete sell-out. Green Square Town Centre will ultimately be home to more than 6,000 people in a village setting, with commercial and retail space built around public plazas, parks and community facilities.
Read more
Parramatta North
UrbanGrowth NSW welcomed the August announcement by Premier Mike Baird and Planning Minister Pru Goward giving the go-ahead to the Parramatta North Urban Transformation Program by declaring it a State Significant Site. Read more
Bays Precinct International Summit
The Bays Precinct Sydney International Summit was held in Sydney on November 19-20. Preceding it was a one-day workshop specifically focused on financing and funding. The Bays Precinct Sydney International Summit was a unique undertaking which brought together a broad range of urban transformation practitioners, academics and policymakers, as well as community and not-for-profit representatives. Read more
Statement of Principles
Public benefit, transparency, early engagement and public access will be key principles in the future transformation of The Bays Precinct, according to 20 high-level strategic principles that came out of The Bays Precinct International Summit. Read more
In each edition of Living Cities we'll introduce you to an employee in our organisation. This
time we sit down with UrbanGrowth NSW's Head of Strategy, Julian Frecklington, and ask him,
what is urban transformation?

'Urban transformation is about utilising city areas as effectively as possible, and comes from
the government's Metro Strategy. It refers to strategic areas characterised by their size and the
opportunity they present for change and investment in Sydney. These transformation areas will
shape Sydney's function, amenity and are critical to its growth. For us this also means areas
close to major transport hubs, containing government land, and which require our intervention
to maximise their value for the public. Our Major Urban Transformation Portfolio comprises
such sites, and they represent a great opportunity for Sydney.' Read more
10,000 Home
Sites Program
As of the end of November 2014, UrbanGrowth NSW's Retail Transition division had released 9,118 home sites across Western Sydney. This is 916 ahead of target and puts us on track to deliver the program by March 2015.

To see the list of projects contributing to the 10,000 home sites program please click below. Read more
Fletcher Community
Centre wins award
The Fletcher Community Centre was awarded “Best Small Scale Commercial Development” at the annual Lower Hunter Urban Design Awards.
Read more
Liz Kernohan
Drive opened
Member for Camden Chris Patterson, Member for Ku-Ring-Gai the Hon Barry O'Farrell, and Camden Council Mayor Cr Lara Symkowiak, officially opened the new intersection between Liz Kernohan Drive and the Camden Bypass on August 29. The intersection completed the vital first stage for Liz Kernohan Drive. Read more
Bungarribee Resource Hub wins award
The Bungarribee Community Resource Hub is now award-winning, having been recognised by the Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW (UDIA NSW) at its recent Awards for Excellence. Read more
Parramatta North
To support the formal public exhibition of the proposed changes to the planning controls submitted to the Department of Planning & Environment for Parramatta North, we recently held two drop-in sessions to provide community members with an opportunity to talk to the project team and find out more about what’s proposed.
For more information see the Parramatta North Urban Renewal Program page here
To view the plans and make a formal submission visit www.planning.nsw.gov.au/proposals and follow the links to Parramatta North Urban Renewal.
 
New Parramatta Road
On November 23 Minister for Planning Pru Goward announced that the community will be asked to provide comment and feedback on proposed plans to reinvent one of Sydney’s most infamously congested and run down road corridors.
The community is invited to view and provide feedback on the Draft Parramatta Road Urban Renewal Strategy on the New Parramatta Road website.
This project will bring new life to local communities and global Sydney. There will be investment in infrastructure, more housing and jobs, and better links within and between the diverse neighbourhoods along the corridor.
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PRECINX®, a strategic urban planning and design tool collaboratively developed by UrbanGrowth NSW
and Kinesis, has been announced as one of the Top 10 finalists in the Urbanisation category of the
GreenTec awards.

The GreenTec awards are Europe's largest environmental and business awards, and take place every
year. They provide a platform that puts environmental technologies and commitment in the spotlight.
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