Campbelltown mayor shares what he’s excited to see in 2019

Campbelltown residents have a lot to be excited about in 2019.

That’s the message from mayor George Brticevic.

Cr Brticevic said he was looking forward to working on a whole host of projects this year, but there were a few that stood out among the rest.

Chief among them is the development of a billabong precinct in Bradbury.

“The billabong is something that I’m very excited about and a lot of work has gone into getting this under way,” he said.

“It’s a big project under the City Deals funding and, pending approvals, will be open in 2020 – however, a lot of the early work will be done this year.

“I can’t wait to see it come to fruition.”

The billabong has been one of Cr Brticevic’s pet projects since becoming mayor in 2016.

He said the temporary Water Wonderland attraction that is currently on-site at Bradbury Oval (which, along with Apex Park, will house the upcoming billabong) gave residents an idea of what they could expect.

“It is a bit of a taste of the billabong, but a slightly different taste,” he said.

“The billabong will be a great family destination, where parents can take the kids to have a splash in the pools while they grab a coffee.

“It has that same aquatic fun vibe as the Water Wonderland, but it will be a bit more relaxing – and permanent.”

The next 2019 project that has Cr Brticevic excited is the start of Campbelltown CBD’s transformation.

There are plans, currently before state planning authorities, to redevelop the site of Campbelltown RSL and surrounding areas into a bustling residential and commercial precinct.

Cr Brticevic said this would begin the revitalisation of Queen Street.

“I’m looking forward to have residential living in Queen Street,” he said.

“People will be able to pop down from their apartments and have some dinner or grab a coffee – business and residential will feed each other, so to speak.”

Cr Brticevic said the Queen Street we see today would be completely different in the coming years and he was keen to see the RSL precinct redevelopment leading the way.

The formation of a Macarthur-based A-League team is the final thing that Cr Brticevic is excited to see in 2019.

The mayor was at the head of a campaign to bring a top tier soccer team to the region and was overjoyed when the joint Macarthur South West United A-League bid was announced as successful late last year.

Cr Brticevic said the community would have a great deal of ownership of the new team, which will join the A-League in the 2020/2021 season.

“There will be plenty of community consultation happening this year surrounding the name and colours of the team,” he said.

“We’ll have several sessions to cover the whole region so that everyone can get involved.

“You might come up with colours that we end up going with – you never know.”

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