Mount Gilead developers Lendlease have unveiled the first model of the future housing estate.
The Gilead Information Centre opened to the public at Macarthur Square shopping centre on Wednesday afternoon.
The space features a 3D model of the housing development, showing locals where the residential dwellings will be built and which parts of the farmland will not be touched or remains in private ownership.
Lendlease’s NSW/ACT general manager of communities, Arthur Ilias, said the information centre was not a sales office and was very much about gathering community feedback.
“It’s exciting to open this hub where the community and broader region can see our vision for Gilead, collaborate with us and provide input into the types of amenity and infrastructure that could be included to create a vibrant village lifestyle with parks and open spaces,” he said.
“We want the community to come in here and share their thoughts.
“The centre will also … highlight the ecologically protected areas that will be regenerated as part of the development.”
Mr Ilias said the company had already been in talks with public transport organisations about possible bus routes through the development.
He also said the developers intended to design the estate so all residents would be within about 400 metres of open green space.
“We’ve been in the Macarthur area a long time,” Mr Ilias said.
“From Macarthur Square to our developments in Glen Alpine and Bradbury, Sherwood Hills – I think people can see that we’re proud to be in this community and proud of the work we’ve done.”
Mr Ilias said the first stage of the development would see about 1700 homes, with the first homes likely to be built in 2020.
Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic said the 3D model was a “good visual representation” of the Gilead development and would help people realise the historic homestead and mill on the Mount Gilead property would not be affected by the housing estate.