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Join us in developing a shared vision for Sydney Olympic Park to 2050.

The Sydney Olympic Park Authority want to develop a shared place vision and strategy with the community for Sydney Olympic Park that envisions the place opportunities to 2050.

The place vision and strategy will create one vision for the town centre and parklands, building on Sydney Olympic Park’s unique story. It will inspire current and future generations to choose Sydney Olympic Park as a great location to connect, live, work, discover, play and protect.

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Timeline

Timeline showing the period between 2018 when master plan 2030 was approved, with milestones in 2019 of the Metro West project announced including SOP and parklands future directions, 2020 when  new placemaking framework was created, 2021 for the review o

2018: Master Plan 2030. Master Plan 2030 approved, providing for 1.96 million square metres of mixed use development in the town centre.

2019: Sydney Metro West. "The game changer", Sydney Metro West project announced and a Sydney Olympic Park Metro station confirmed.

2019: Parklands Future Directions. Updated vision, objectives and principles to guide the future design and management of the parklands for the growing community.

2020: Placemaking Framework. A new customer-centric & place-led approach to developing, activating & managing SOP.

2021: MP2030 Interim Metro Review. A review of the Metro sites and changes to planning controls to facilitate the SMW Station.

2021-22: Place Vision and Strategy. We are here. Extensive stakeholder and community engagement to create a shared vision, values and principles and key moves for SOP's future.

2022: Master Plan 2050. Creation of a SOP 2050 Master Plan to realise the shared vision and maximise the Metro opportunity.

Purpose

Project purpose

The place vision and strategy will provide a roadmap to guide the development of Master Plan 2050 and future developments. It will also inspire and drive other important outcomes for Sydney Olympic Park today, tomorrow, and well beyond 2050. Our plan will include public spaces designed for all and that are activated each and every day, spaces and buildings that are well management and cared for. The place vision and strategy will focus on ensuring positive social impact and sustainable economic development.

Background

Project background

Sydney Olympic Park is on Wangal Land and is a suburb located in the City of Parramatta Local Government Area, at the heart of the Central River City.

For 70,000 years Sydney Olympic Park has been an important ceremonial gathering space, bringing people together. The D’harawal, Dharug, Gaimariagal, Wangal and other peoples of the Eora nations all hold stories of ceremonial gatherings and connection to the area now known as Sydney Olympic Park.

Sydney Olympic Park has evolved over thousands of years, with a rich history starting with our First Nations communities to more recent colonial, naval and industrial eras and, of course, the pre- and post- Olympic era.

This is still a place for greater connection for people across Sydney: A place to connect to country, to nature, to commerce and to connect with each other locally, regionally and globally.

With confirmation that there will be a Sydney Metro station located at Sydney Olympic Park in the next decade and a planned light rail route to improve connections, the possibilities for the future of the suburb are significantly enhanced.

Team

Project team

SGS Economics and Planning and Cred Consulting have been appointed by Sydney Olympic Park Authority to co-create the new Place Vision and Strategy with community and stakeholders. The team are supported by subject matter experts SJB, UTS, Yerrabingin and Atelier Ten.

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Consultation

Community consultation

Over the past 5 years we have heard from you what the strengths, challenges and priorities are for Sydney Olympic Park. This will be the starting point for our conversations with you to inform the place vision and strategy.

Between September and December 2021 we will be undertaking a staged community and stakeholder engagement process, which will provide opportunities for you to influence the future of Sydney Olympic Park.

Stage 1: September – November 2021
  • We want to understand the character and identity of the place – learning from stories from 70,000 years ago to now.
  • We want to learn what people value about Sydney Olympic Park and to hear ideas to respond to issues that have been raised in previous community consultation.
Stage 2: December 2021
  • We will present findings from the engagement program and from technical studies so far to help co-create a shared vision and principles for a strategic framework for the suburb to 2050.
  • We will collaborate on ideas and test future scenarios that we can deliver together.

FAQs

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Frequently asked questions

What is the project?
  • We are co-creating a Place Vision and Strategy for Sydney Olympic Park to 2050 that involves and is shared with stakeholders and the community. This will leverage the opportunity presented by the future Sydney Metro West station at the site, the planned Light Rail route and other developments. The project will create one vision for the town centre and parklands, building on Sydney Olympic Park’s unique story. It will inspire current and future generations to choose Sydney Olympic Park as a great location to connect, live, work, discover, play and protect.
Why are we doing this project?
  • Some of the key challenges that have been raised consistently through community and stakeholder engagement over the past 5 years is that Sydney Olympic does not have a clear and supported identity and that access and transport needed to be improved. Developing a shared vision for the future will help ensure a cohesive approach to the development and advancement of the suburb into the future and will make the most of the investment in transport improvements, including a new metro station and potential light rail.
What stage are you at and what are the next steps?
  • We are currently undertaking a staged community and stakeholder engagement process. A Place Vision and Strategy will then be developed and put on public exhibition in early 2022, followed by development of a new Master Plan 2050 by mid-2022.
What are the project’s benefits?
  • The Place Vision and Strategy will create one vision for Sydney Olympic Park that both government, private sector and the community adopt and work towards, taking into account the unique qualities of each precinct and major opportunities for the suburb, including the new Sydney Metro Station. It will help inform the future development of Sydney Olympic Park until 2050, including future master plans. It will also focus on ensuring positive social impact and sustainable economic development for the future of Sydney Olympic Park.
How will you consult the community and stakeholders?
  • Between September and December 2021, we will be undertaking a staged community and stakeholder engagement process. This will include surveys, online engagement activities on this website, focus groups, workshops and interviews. The process will provide opportunities for you to tell us your ideas for Sydney Olympic Park, to help guide and influence the future Place Vision and Strategy. Go to www.mysop.com.au/SOP2050 to find out more.
Who can I contact and how can I learn more about the project?
Is this a master plan?
  • No. This project is developing an overarching vision for the suburb. This vision will guide any future masterplans or other strategic planning for Sydney Olympic Park.
How does this project relate to the Master Plan 2030 (Interim Metro Review) on public exhibition at the moment?
  • The Master Plan 2030 (Interim Metro Review) focuses on changes to the current master plan enable the delivery of the new metro station. The delivery of an integrated station requires amendments to the current Sydney Olympic Park Master Plan 2030 and associated planning controls in State Environmental Planning Policy (State Significant Precincts) 2005 for the three development sites in the Central Precinct of Sydney Olympic Park.
  • Simultaneously, we will be working on the new Place Vision and Strategy for Sydney Olympic Park that will encompass the whole suburb and lead to the development of a new Master Plan 2050 next year.
Who is responsible for Sydney Olympic Park? What is the City of Parramatta Council’s role in relation to Sydney Olympic Park?
  • Sydney Olympic Park is a state-significant precinct that is managed by Placemaking NSW on behalf of the NSW Government and in accordance with the Sydney Olympic Park Authority Act 2001. Placemaking NSW are the major landowner and the strategic planning authority for the suburb of Sydney Olympic Park.
  • Sydney Olympic Park largely falls inside the City of Parramatta local government area and Council is responsible for delivering local government services to the communities in Sydney Olympic Park and surrounding suburbs of Wentworth Point, Newington and Carter St.
What is Placemaking NSW?
  • In June 2020, Placemaking NSW was formed to oversee the operations of Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation (HCCDC), Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Place Management NSW. Our mandate is to manage and develop high profile and significant precincts in Greater Sydney, Newcastle and Central Coast. Placemaking NSW has the role of enhancing the state’s most treasured places and spaces while supporting and enabling their transformation.
  • Placemaking NSW is an entity within the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE), and sits within the Place, Design and Public Spaces Group.
What happened to the feedback we provided on projects like Homify, Stadia Precinct and Parklands Future Direction? Will this be used?
  • Community and stakeholder feedback has already shaped new programs, events and assets being delivered at Sydney Olympic Park, particularly to create local neighbourhood spaces and to increase precinct activation with an improved customer experience.
  • Your feedback from the past 5 years has also been reviewed as part of this project and opportunities and challenges identified previously will create the starting point for engagement with stakeholders and the community on this project.
Is this just an opportunity to increase development and reduce open space? There are already overcrowding and parking issues and this will only increase it.
  • The Place Vision and Strategy is focused on sustainable growth to support communities and future generations. Sydney Olympic Park plays a critical role for Greater Sydney to provide more homes, support job creation and increase economic activity while at the same time enhancing liveability through strong social and cultural networks and improving health and wellbeing outcomes for the community and enhancing open, natural spaces and habitats for flora and fauna.
Where is the discussion on a local school, library, community centre and dog park in all this?
  • The Place Vision and Strategy will identify important social and community infrastructure needed to support future communities at Sydney Olympic Park and key moves needed to support the continued evolution of Sydney Olympic Park into a residential suburb.
Is 2050 too far in the future to plan for? Is there a plan for what will happen in the next 5 years?
  • The Place Vision and Strategy will set the long-term aspirations for the suburb and provide a road map that will guide decisions today, tomorrow, in the next 5 years and in the next 30 years to shape the future of Sydney Olympic Park and bring the shared vision to reality.
What will be the final outcome of this project?
  • The Place Vision and Strategy will provide a roadmap to guide the development of Master Plan 2050 and other important outcomes for Sydney Olympic Park today, tomorrow, and well beyond 2050.
Who is funding this project and the future vision for Sydney Olympic Park?
  • The project is funded by Placemaking NSW.
Where does Sydney Metro and Parramatta Light Rail fit into all of this?
  • Transport for NSW has confirmed that there will be a Sydney Metro station located at Sydney Olympic Park in the next decade, along with the potential for a new Parramatta Light Rail route. This will significantly improve connections to and from Sydney Olympic Park, and will build into the future Place Vision and Strategy.
What have you heard from the community previously?
  • Over the past 5 years we have heard from stakeholders and community what the strengths, challenges and priorities are for Sydney Olympic Park.
  • Strengths that have been raised by the community include the natural parklands, Olympic legacy and sporting infrastructure, First Nations history, a diverse and growing community of residents and workers, and the energy that large events bring.
  • Challenges that have been raised include Sydney Olympic Park’s lack of identity, limited transport connections and wayfinding, limited activation outside of event times, parking costs, public domain and food, and access to affordable services and facilities.
  • This will be the starting point for our conversations with you to inform the Place Vision and Strategy.

Have your say

We invite you to be a part of developing a vision for Sydney Olympic Park to 2050 that unlocks the true identity of this special place.

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