One of Sydney’s best regional parks will grow by more than a third with the acquisition of private land to be dedicated as a permanent public space.
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes today confirmed a 25 hectare expansion of Rouse Hill Regional Park, demonstrating the Government’s commitment to delivering more public parklands for Sydney’s West.
The first five hectares have come into public ownership and will be under the care of Greater Sydney Parklands.
“Sydney’s north-west is growing and its public parklands must grow with it. I’m delighted to see this major expansion of public space, which helps us achieve our vision of a city within a park,” Mr Stokes said.
“This demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to ensuring all Sydneysiders have access to great regional parklands, no matter what part of the city you live in.
“Once the acquisitions of the new public space are complete, Rouse Hill Regional Park will come under the care of Greater Sydney Parklands, who will be tasked with turning it into the Centennial Park of Sydney’s north-west.”
Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly said more open space is good news for the health and wellbeing of the local community.
“This growing parkland will give our growing community a special place to have a barbecue, picnic, exercise or relax with family and friends,” Mr Conolly said.
In addition to the expansion of the park, Greater Sydney Parklands will soon begin initial studies with National Parks and Wildlife Service, with the aim of opening up the newly acquired land for public use, while also protecting the NSW heritage-listed Rouse Hill Estate.