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The City of Parramatta 2050 vision depends on the construction of Sydney Metro Station

A Parramatta Council spokesperson said it has “long advocated” for additional Metro West stations at Camellia-Rosehill and Newington-Silverwater, which were supported by the findings of two parliamentary inquiries.

‘A model city’

Without mentioning the racecourse transformation, the City of Parramatta Camellia-Rosehill projects will become a ‘model city’ that ‘paves the way for an unwritten story of what Parramatta has to offer the world’.

In a section of the vision entitled ‘What we need to get there… Connections to the world’, the council lists six new transport routes that it believes are essential for the city’s future.

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In addition to the additional metro stops, the company says it will advocate for a metro link to the new airport, a rail service from Norwest to Miranda via Bankstown, an extension of the Cumberland rail line to Epping, a high-speed rail line from Melbourne to Brisbane. via Parramatta, and several light rail and bus routes extending in all directions from Parramatta Central.

David Borger of lobby group Business Western Sydney said the council’s plan showed the government that Parramatta “does the hard work for the people, so needs the government to help with infrastructure”.

“What they have done is show the potential for urban renewal if these jobs are created. Without these (metro) stops we will have a wasteland between Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park.”

Haylen said the government “welcomes Parramatta Council’s involvement in Metro West”.

“Parramatta Council clearly understands that the project represents a major opportunity to deliver more housing alongside public transport infrastructure,” she said.

Mayor Pierre Esber, who is retiring at the September election, said the vision was essential to guide the council’s advocacy on state and federal issues.

“Governments at both state and federal levels are currently making decisions that will have far-reaching consequences for the future of our city,” he said. “Without our vision to guide us, these decisions could ultimately become a barrier rather than a building block.”

At a meeting last week ahead of the public exhibition, Parramatta councilors backed the plan.

“I can’t say I have read every word of this document, but I have looked at the photos and it is a fantastic start for us as a council and as a city,” said Labor Party councilor Patricia Prociv.

But independent Lorraine Wearne said the document only listed “all the things we do”.

“I don’t see anything screaming at me that says, ‘Here’s our Eiffel Tower!’”

The draft version of the plan – with the slogan ‘Start your story here’ – can be viewed publicly until Friday, July 19.

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