Still no park for sardine suburb

Residents call for green space to ease the squeeze


Wentworth Point residents gather at a community meeting.

A park promised by the State Government years ago is still fenced off and abandoned as the skyline of units in Wentworth Point continues to grow.

The undelivered green space in one of western Sydney’s fastest growing suburbs has angered its residents. Close to 100 of them attended a community meeting to protest the broken promise.

Peninsula Park was forpart of the suburb’s plans in 2014, as part of the Wentworth Point Urban Activation Precinct.

The precinct’s final report acknowledged the importance of the park as a community resource for the growing suburb.

“It is envisaged the park would receive funding from the Precinct Support Scheme, which the Department of Planning and Infrastructure is currently considering further,” the report stated.

It was expected the 3.9 hectaresitewouldhaveforeshore paths along both the river and bay, a network of pocket parks and a maritime plaza.

Opposition leader Luke Foley said: “The plight of Wentworth Point is a familiar one to many people across Sydney who are witnessing rapid levels of development but without the services to support them.

“A community isn’t a whole unless it has the green spaces and the parks in which its children can play. Until then it is just a development.”

Resident group Wentworth Point Community Central is now campaigning the government to deliver new parks and green space.

Its president Bronwyn Evans was part of the urban activation precinct community reference group back in 2013/14.

“We were told there was plenty of money in the allocated infrastructure fund for the peninsula park,” she said. “It’s not acceptable — they’re happy to take all the money but they’re spending virtually nothing.”

A Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) spokeswoman said the park formed part of the NSW Government’s Urban Activation Precinct program. It involves repurposing 18.6 hectares of surplus land the RMS owns at Wentworth Point.

“Roads and Maritime, with assistance from Landcom, is finalising plans for Wentworth Point ... this work is expected to start in 2018-19 subject to relevant approvals.”

RMS said the community would be informed as the precinct progressed.