Monday, April 22, 2024

Jobs, housing boost for Rhodes

Eight thousand jobs will be created and almost 6,000 new homes built following the finalisation of two important projects supporting the growth of Greater Sydney, the state’s planning minister has announced.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Stokes said the rezoning of 193 hectares of land at Wilton, to create a new town centre, and the finalisation of the Rhodes Place Strategy were key projects to help address the city’s housing needs.

“We need more homes to meet current and future demand, supported by infrastructure, and our work at Rhodes and Wilton will create more connected, green communities,” Mr Stokes said.

“Up to an additional 7,000 new jobs and 1,600 homes will be created at Wilton through this rezoning, which is the final piece of the puzzle needed to support the Wilton Growth Area, bringing the town centre precinct on-line with the rezoned North and South-East Wilton Precincts.

“The rezoning brings the 20-year vision for the area a step closer, with the town centre precinct featuring new walking and cycling paths, a public transport hub, and a future school site.

“Development of the Wilton growth area will build on the NSW Government’s promise to deliver 18,000 homes in south-west Sydney, across Glenfield, Lowes Creek Maryland, Leppington and Wilton.”

The rezoning will come into effect on 31 March 2022, with more detailed planning for Wilton Town Centre precinct to be undertaken through the preparation of a neighbourhood plan.

Mr Stokes said the place strategy for Rhodes will transform it into a vibrant, integrated precinct, with improved connections to Parramatta River, as well as much-needed housing and job opportunities.

“Under the strategy, up to 4,200 new homes and 1,100 new jobs will be delivered, along with around 2.3-hectares of open space, an upgrade to Rhodes Railway Station, a proposed ferry wharf, and a site for a new public school,” he said.

“The community will also benefit from 2.9 kilometres of new walking and cycling paths, which will connect with a new 7,500 square metre foreshore park, 15 metre-wide waterfront promenade, and existing open spaces such as McIlwaine Park.”

For more information on the Wilton rezoning, visit:

To view the final Rhodes Place Strategy and long-term vision it outlines for the area, visit: Precincts/Rhodes

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