Leppington’s Lockies Hotel set to undergo huge transformation

Plans: An artist's render of the proposed redevelopment of Lockies Hotel. Picture: Milestone (Aust) Pty Ltd via Camden Council website
Plans: An artist's render of the proposed redevelopment of Lockies Hotel. Picture: Milestone (Aust) Pty Ltd via Camden Council website

Lockies Hotel has been a fixture along Camden Valley Way for many years but the iconic country pub is about to get a makeover.

Milestone (Aust) Pty Limited has submitted a planning proposal to Camden Council which would see the Leppington venue torn down and rebuilt.

The proposal states the existing tavern and BWS outlet will be demolished and rebuilt with a new tavern, a Dan Murphy’s Liquor Store and an 80-room motel.

It is proposed that the motel would be developed in two stages.

The document, which can be found on the Camden Council website, also states the redevelopment will provide “facilities and services that meet the day to day needs of residents, … provide visitors with local accommodation and stimulate local businesses”.

“The proposed development will activate an important corner site which is currently underutilised, provide a better built form outcome for the site and contribute to the shortage of short term accommodation facilities in the Camden [local government area],” the proposal read.

Picture: Google Earth

Picture: Google Earth

The planning proposal suggests that population growth and infrastructure coming to the region means a venue like this would benefit the community.

It lists Western Sydney Airport, the Private Hospital in Gledswood Hills, Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Leppington Forest Lawn Cemetery and Leppington Railway Station as some of its nearby sites.

Real estate experts have identified Leppington as a suburb to watch in the future.

Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak told the Advertiser last year that she was far from shocked that Leppington had been earmarked as a suburb to watch.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all,” she said.

“In the next 10, 20 years Leppington is going to be the epicentre of the region.

“It will be bigger than Narellan, Oran Park and Camden itself.”

The Advertiser has reached out to the Lockies media representative at ALH Group Melbourne for more information.

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