Campbelltown and Camden residents will benefit from new walking trails and bike tracks, refreshed high streets, an educational animal hub and a huge new sports complex as part of a $50 million commitment from the NSW Government’s WestInvest program.

Member for Camden Peter Sidgreaves, Campbelltown’s Mayor George Greiss and Camden’s Mayor Therese Fideli welcomed NSW Treasurer Matt Kean to the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Anna this morning to announce the funding for the 13 recreational, place making and heritage projects that will enhance public spaces across Campbelltown and Camden.

“Our community have told us that they want more greenery and active spaces in our public domain that respect and honour the heritage of our region,” Cr Greiss said.

“These projects reflect those community aspirations while increasing connectivity across the city, delivering recreation and lifestyle benefits for our new communities and also embellishing established suburbs.”

In Campbelltown, $26 million has been allocated to 11 projects:

  • $7.5 million for the Campbelltown City Centre Transformation project to revitalise the Queen Street precinct with new pedestrian links and event spaces.
  • $3.8 million for Macarthur Recreation Trail – Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan to Campbelltown project to enhance the green trail.
  • $2.5 million for the Glenfield Town Beautification project to reinvigorate the city centre and provide a safer, more inviting and engaging environment.
  • $2.3 million for the Connected Campbelltown – A network of shared use pathway links and circuits project to deliver 7.75km of recreation trails
  • $2.2 million for the Hurley Park – Early stories of Campbelltown’s Resilience project to restore one of the last convict-built structures in NSW
  • $1.5 million for the Simmos Beach Parklands – Activating the Upper Georges River project to enhance quality green space and support recreation
  • $1.4 million for the Kanbyugal Parklands – Mountain Bike Park project to convert an underutilised parcel of land into an inclusive mountain bike facility
  • $1.3 million for the Leumeah Youth Precinct project, a vibrant and active hub
  • $1.3 million for the Glenfield Urban Bike Park to deliver a BMX track for more facilities for wheeled activities
  • $977,880 for the St Helens Park Youth Space to deliver four BMX tracks
  • $681,063 for the Outdoor Fitness Facilities Program – For a Fitter Healthier Campbelltown project to upgrade outdoor fitness equipment at four sites.

Campbelltown City Council will contribute $460,480 towards the Macarthur Recreation Trail and the Simos Beach Parklands projects.

In Camden, $24 million has been allocated to two projects:

  • $14 million for the Cut Hill Reserve Sports Field Redevelopment project that will renew 18.5 hectares of public open space to deliver new recreation opportunities.
  • $10 million for the Camden Animal Shelter and Community Education Hub project to transform an industrial area into a community-focused shelter.

“The Camden Animal Shelter and Education Hub will create employment, volunteer and partnership opportunities for our community and the Cut Hill Reserve project will extend the space’s capacity for use for new and existing users,” Cr Fedeli said.

Mr Sidgreaves said it is great to see WestInvest delivering community projects for Camden, Macarthur and Western Sydney.

“These projects are fast tracking council projects that support the local residents in our communities,” he said.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the projects put forward by the Camden and Campbelltown councils would help build a brighter future for the people of Western Sydney.

“The Cut Hill Reserve Sports Field Redevelopment project will renew 18.5ha of green space with two double playing fields to support the many nearby sporting codes including archery, AFL, soccer, rugby and cricket clubs,” Mr Perrottet said.

“We are looking forward to getting the work underway and delivering these great projects for our city. I’m confident we’ll be hearing further announcements and seeing more projects underway in near future,” Cr Greiss said.