$500 million Town Centre plans reveal the face of Strathfield's future

What the Town Centre will look like under the scheme unveiled today

Strathfield has unveiled spectacular plans for a new $500 million town centre development – and revealed Chinese and Korean companies are lining up to carry out the work.

At least two companies have already expressed strong interest, undaunted by the half-billion price tag, according to council sources.

The stunning plans include a 6,000 sqm shopping precinct, a 700-seat theatre and two 30-storey residential towers.

A giant screen will show events to those outside on the Town Square.

An underground bus interchange and integration with the train station makes the development a perfect fit for the State Government’s new priority of developing land around transport hubs.

Planning Minister Pru Goward hailed the concept, telling the Scene :”I commend Strathfield Council for their vision. These are ambitious plans that would transport the area around the train station into a vibrant community hub”.

She said she would be working with council to make it happen.

Premier Mike Baird, who two years ago described the Town Centre development as a “once in a lifetime opportunity”, told the Scene: “ The NSW government is always keen to hear ideas that seek to improve local infrastructure and amenities and create jobs.”

Residents will get their say when a marquee is erected on the Town Square, complete with video and models. They can view the plans and concepts so far at ourstrathfield.com.au and leave comments.

Most residents who spoke to the Scene were surprised at the scope of the concept plans, designed to put Strathfield on the destination map and make it a centre for shopping and entertainment.

Mayor Daniel Bott said. “People from all over Western Sydney should be able to cruise into Strathfield to work, to eat, to shop, and to play.”

Finance for the project is expected to be a private-public partnership.

The council is seeking about $140 million from the State Government to move the existing bus depot underground.

Council sources said next steps were to get the backing of the State Government and the various authorities now supervising infrastructure along the Parramatta Road, like UrbanGrowth.

One source maintained that first soil could be turned on the site within a year of the approvals process being completed.

But Strathfield MP Charles Casuscelli, who has worked behind the scenes to try and smooth the way for the plan, was more cautious, suggesting there was still some way to go.

The biggest concern among those dealing with the project is that it looses momentum and becomes bogged down between the many government bodies now working on major infrastructure projects.

Premier Mike Baird recently announced a Greater Sydney Commission to manage major projects; UrbanGrowth is looking after the Parramatta Corridor and the $11 billion WestConnex highway.

John Brogden, chair of UrbanGrowth, declined to comment.

But Mr Casuscelli maintained the current Liberal State government was “the projects best friend”.


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