Sydney proving itself with award-winning city planning

97The $8.3 billion North West Rail Link (NWRL) project that’s reinvigorating Sydney’s north-west has scooped up a major award, according to a March 20 statement from the state government.

The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) presented the NWRL team with the Public Engagement and Community Planning award, recognising the thorough engagement process it led with the local community.

Getting it right

“From the planning stage and now into delivery, we’ve been constantly talking to the community and taking on board their feedback – allowing us to deliver the best project possible for the booming north-west region of Sydney”, explained Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian in the March 20 statement.

The focused community and stakeholder engagement made the $8.3 billion project stand out to the PIA judges.

Furthermore, the effective management of the project – particularly given its sheer scale – also impressed the judges.

A range of changes

Significant changes have been made to the project following the intense consultation period, making it all the better for the local community.

Potential disruption to Norwest Boulevard during the construction phase was picked up on, which resulted in shifting the Norwest station.

Another construction site was decreased in size by over 2,000 square metres.

Commuters will benefit from a drastic increase in the number of car parks provided at stations – originally the figure was 1,000, but this has been bumped up to 4,000.

While six railway stations were initially planned, two additional stations were added to the NWRL plan, following discussions with community members and stakeholders.

Benefits for property buyers

With Sydney’s north-west set for a multi-billion development that will make getting around the capital city far easier, property buyers are being presented with fresh opportunities.

First-time home buyers who have failed to secure a home in Sydney’s inner- or middle-ring suburbs may wish to turn their sights to new developments in the outer ring.

Both investors and home buyers alike may consider suburbs further out when the time comes to purchase property, with the project providing the necessary transport links for getting around this vibrant city.

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