The release of the Re-imagining Campbelltown proposal by Campbelltown City Council is an excellent response to the Western Sydney City Deal.
The new vision for the centre of Campbelltown as a bustling mixed use precinct with buildings up to 20 stories high with extensive greenery is an excellent re-positioning of this important centre,” says Urban Taskforce CEO, Chris Johnson. “Clearly Campbelltown Mayor, George Brticevic, and General Manager, Lindy Deitz, are responding to the recently announced City Deal for Western Sydney and the economic stimulus that is flowing from the proposed Western Sydney Airport.
The re-imagined Campbelltown centre proposes that ‘no grey to be seen’ in a push to green the urban fabric with landscape. This is part of a growth principle to mix ’City and Bush’ to give a distinctive character to the city centre that also respects natural ecosystems.
The new vision for Campbelltown was launched at NSW Parliament House with the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and Opposition Leader, Luke Foley, involved with industry leaders and key representatives of health and education institutions from Campbelltopwn.
It seems that the proposed Aerotropolis related to the Western Sydney Airport will not be a city centre in the traditional sense but more a centre for jobs. This will then drive a competitive approach from surrounding centres like Penrith, Liverpool and Campbelltown to each establish themselves as urban centres with their own jobs and with significant urban living in apartments. The re-imagine Campbelltown model that creates sufficient urban density to generate cafes, restaurants, amenities and jobs all located in walking distance to the railway station is likely to be taken up by other centres around the proposed airport but each will develop its own character.