Penrith City Council has welcomed the NSW Government’s commitment to transform Fernhill Estate at Mulgoa into one of Sydney’s great public parklands.
The NSW Government’s $65 million investment from the WestInvest fund will enable the Greater Sydney Parklands agency to deliver a cultural and recreation venue for Western Sydney, much like Centennial Park and Moore Park in Sydney’s east.
Penrith Mayor Tricia Hitchen said the project has the potential to provide a focus of regional assets for the district and beyond, which forms part of Penrith’s scenic corridor that includes the river and lakes.
“This announcement aligns with Council’s long held vision for Fernhill Estate – that is its unique offering should be preserved and celebrated through activation that balances public access with the preservation of its iconic attributes and rural setting,” Cr Hitchen said.
“Council sees potential for Fernhill Estate as a tourist destination, events hub and public recreation space. The NSW Government’s recently released Landscape Master Plan for the site supports this vision by creating opportunities and spaces for the parkland to be a major attraction destination.
“The estate is a significant part of the Green Grid, that will link the wider Mulgoa Valley, Penrith region and Blue Mountains National Park, through a network of paths and walking trails connecting to areas of green space and waterways ensuring ours is a city that is liveable into the future.”
Formerly private property, it will transform into an accessible public park showcasing the area’s natural and cultural beauty, and will include a range of works as outlined in the NSW Government’s media release – https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/sydneys-next-great-parklands-to-be-established-western-sydney
Penrith City Council will continue to work with the NSW Government on the planning for Fernhill Estate and is committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for Fernhill Estate through representation on the newly established Community Trustee Board. This Board allows community members to have a direct impact on decision making by providing advice to Greater Sydney Parklands.