Camden’s future on the agenda

Education future: Camden Council hope to have a university campus in future like Campbelltown's Western Sydney University campus.

Education future: Camden Council hope to have a university campus in future like Campbelltown's Western Sydney University campus.

A university and a new public hospital are some of the top items on Camden Council’s wishlist.

The council recently made its submission to the Greater Sydney Commission about their vision for the region’s future.

Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak said health and education were some of their top priorities.

“A major health facility and TAFE or university is something that we feel is essential,” she said.

The Greater Sydney Commission will establish a plan for Sydney’s future development, housing and transport.

The council’s submission to the commission specified that both a hospital and university should be investigated in the south-west district growth areas to meet the demands of the growing population.

Cr Symkowiak said the council also wanted to bring more jobs to the region. 

“There is a huge population of people here who travel out of the area for work,” she said.

“Council wants to see more jobs, not just big box development.

“We want more job density and more job diversity.

“The area will be bigger than Canberra soon so we want those higher-order jobs like in health and tertiary education.”

Other key infrastructure items in the draft submission include the south-west rail line extension to Narellan, an investigation of a rail link to Macarthur from Narellan, the Badgally Road extension and the Spring Farm parkway extension to the Hume Highway.

“Transport infrastructure like the Spring Farm Parkway extension will take some of the pressure off Narellan Road,” Cr Symkowiak said.

The Greater Sydney Commission has not provided a timeline for consideration of submissions or finalisation of the draft plan.

Camden Council will continue to work closely with the commission throughout the process.

“The submission is quite thorough,” Cr Symkowiak said.

“We may have an answer on the south-west district plan by the end of the year.”

The full submission raised a number of key issues and concerns and can be found on Councils website.

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