New precinct and homes for Lidcombe

Minister for Homes, Minister for Planning

More homes and a state-of-the art health facility are part of an ambitious plan to transform 5.9 hectares of under-utilised government-owned land into a new mixed-use precinct in Lidcombe, in Western Sydney.

Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said the NSW Government is proposing to rezone the land at Betty Cuthbert Drive to allow the private sector to deliver more housing in the area.

It will also provide a new headquarters for MS Plus, a leading not-for-profit supporting people living with multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions.

“We’re working with MS Plus, Cumberland Council, Transport for NSW and other stakeholders to develop plans to support the new uses for the land,” Mr Roberts said.

“The proposal allows for private sector delivery of medium-density housing that reflects the character of the neighbouring residences in Botanica Estate and Betty Cuthbert Drive, providing a mix of housing options with up to 85 new homes for seniors, single people and young families in the Lidcombe area.

“It’s a great example of how the Government is working with partners to improve housing supply across NSW by identifying under-utilised government-owned land.

“This follows the recently announced $2.8 billion 2022 Housing Package to support first home buyers, regional families and individuals and communities across NSW.”

MS Plus CEO John Blewonski said that MS Plus is about to kick off construction of its Health, Wellbeing and Accommodation facility at the site, permitted under the current land zoning.

“The new facility will replace our existing complex, helping to transform the lives of the 7,682 people living with MS in NSW as well as many people with other neurological conditions, especially in Sydney’s west.

“It will provide a comprehensive suite of services in the one place to meet our clients’ physical, emotional, social and cognitive needs – focusing on their total wellbeing so they can feel empowered to manage their condition and achieve their goals.” Mr Blewonski said.

The NSW Government will contribute $16 million towards the development of the new MS facility and provide a land grant at the site to MS Plus.

Betty Cuthbert Drive was named in honour of the former Australian multi-Olympic gold medalist sprinter Betty Cuthbert, who was a tireless advocate and fundraiser for those living with MS and who died from the disease in 2017.

For more information please visit the Property and Development NSW website.

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