Jail plans ‘threat thwarting push for city renewal’ of Sydney suburb

An space to the east of James Ruse Drive between Rosehill Racecourse and the Parramatta River has been earmarked for a city centre for Camellia. A cease on the first stage of the Parramatta light rail line shall be positioned there.

Cr Dwyer stated Paramatta was doing the “heavy lifting” when it comes to housing Sydney’s inhabitants, and the council forecasts an additional 100,000 folks to reside inside its boundaries by 2036.

“Now we have obtained a really clear imaginative and prescient. We wish that space [at Camellia] cleaned up so we are able to home folks. By placing a jail there, it throws the whole lot into an unknown future,” he stated.

Camellia borders the Parramatta River.

Camellia borders the Parramatta River.Credit score:Brendan Esposito

“It’s prime waterfront space with nice potential however we’re getting conflicting messages from authorities. When you construct a jail there, who’s going to pay to wash up all of that contaminated space?”

The Opposition will press the federal government to launch delicate paperwork concerning the jail plans when Parliament resumes early subsequent 12 months through the use of the higher home’s “name for papers” powers.


Labor planning spokesman Adam Searle stated the federal government wanted to “come clear” on its plans for a jail at Camellia so the group might have an knowledgeable debate on the matter. “It is a full departure from what the federal government has foreshadowed for Camellia and surrounds,” he stated.

A spokesperson for Corrections Minister Anthony Roberts declined to remark.

Western Sydney Enterprise Chamber government director David Borger stated constructing a jail at Camellia gave the impression to be inconsistent with plans to create a “thriving city centre” within the suburb close to James Ruse Drive.

“It is a bit unfair that Pyrmont will get a prepare station and Camellia get a jail,” he stated.

The federal government has ignored pleas to build a station at Camellia as a part of the $20 billion-plus Metro West rail challenge however has confirmed it can construct one at Pyrmont within the central metropolis.

A new jail is needed to house a forecast rise in the state's prison population over the next decade.

A brand new jail is required to accommodate a forecast rise within the state’s jail inhabitants over the subsequent decade.Credit score:Wolter Peeters

Mr Borger stated companies wished readability from the federal government concerning the plans for the city centre, after which the “jail query” might be tackled.

A foyer group representing builders stated a jail at Camellia risked thwarting a chance to rework the suburb because the gateway to Parramatta.

“It’s a wasted alternative. Why would you set a jail on an space which is ripe for the potential of growth and the boosting of each jobs and residential lodging?” City Taskforce chief government Tom Forrest requested.


“It’s pondering that’s dominated by people who find themselves targeted on the most effective alternative for a jail, however not the most effective alternative for a second metropolis of Sydney.”

Mr Forrest stated the price of remediating closely contaminated land at Camellia was depending on builders with the ability to assemble a “respectable quantity” of combined high-rise buildings.

Greens MP and justice spokesman David Shoebridge stated a choice a couple of new jail shouldn’t simply turn out to be a planning determination about the place to construct one. “It wants to have a look at decrease value and better profit options to jail,” he stated.

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