A plan for a green link between Middleton Avenue through to Carrington Road, and onto Showground Road, Castle Hill for walkers and cyclists is a step nearer. Green Space
The Hills Shire Council has adopted a Draft Concept Master Plan that will transform what is considered an underutilised corridor into a green spine with new pathways, seating and connections for pedestrians and cyclists near the Showground Metro station.
The project will also see valuable ecological areas protected and the Cattai Creekline rehabilitated.
Associate Director and Landscape Architecture Discipline Leader at McGregor Coxall, Matt Ritson said the Cattai Creek Corridor is a hidden gem that will become a critically important open space for Castle Hill’s growing community.
“The creek plays an important role as a home for a diverse variety of valuable flora and fauna which will be protected and enhanced through the landscape and environmental design approach.
“Leveraging the strategic outcomes of the adopted Castle Hill Masterplan works completed by our Urban Design Team, the project will create new connections to key destinations within the local community, including the iconic Castle Hill Showground and Showground Station, as well as provide new and refined green spaces for the community to enjoy. “
Hills Shire Mayor Michelle Byrne said: “We want to develop a plan to deliver a much needed green space that will provide active links and passive recreation that will support this community.
It also complements the redevelopment of the Castle Hill Showground and provides residents with another option to access the Showground Metro Station.” green spaces
The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Executive Director for Infrastructure & Place, Martin Reason, said the NSW Government’s funding for The Hills Shire Council’s Draft Concept Master Plan as part of the Precinct Support Scheme.
“Public spaces and shared paths are just as important to the community as roads and shops, and these new facilities will provide local residents, workers and visitors with better access to active transport,” Mr Reason said.
The Draft Concept Master Plan was developed in collaboration with the community. A council spokesman said the council will continue to consult with residents as further design stages become available and once construction commences.