The Western Sydney Parklands Trust appointed Environmental Partnership’s sydney collaboration TDEP to develop the Parklands Southern Precinct Vision.
The Southern Parklands lie in the south of the Western Sydney Parklands corridor and comprise 1500 Ha (28% of the Parklands overall), which at this time is largely underdeveloped for recreational and leisure uses.
Surrounded by a community from over 44 countries the Southern Parklands provides the opportunity to celebrate diversity and be a meeting place for the locals who now call Australia home. With opportunities ranging from Vietnam’s market gardens to India’s Vastu gardens, a diversity of programming promoting safety, comfort and delight can be the basis of an inclusive parklands.
The visions seek to create unique destinations that enhance park identity, promote active living, and wellness and improve amenity for local residents. Key principles include:
- Conserve, Protect And Enhance
- Optimise The Edges
- Cluster And Integrate
- Recreation And Leisure For The City, District And Neighbourhood
- People To Park / Park To People
- Water In The Landscape
- Guide And Influence Infrastructure
- Engage With Nature On Multiple Levels
- Build Resilience
In particular the plan emphasises the need for the park to positively address new commnuities with a potential for a higher level of density and activity adjoining the park edge.
The final document provides a 20 year Vision for the Southern Parklands giving guidance to the evolution of development, use and facilities ,and informing the relationship with adjoining infrastructure and development.
The plan received the Award for Landscape Planning at the 2018 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects NSW Awards. see citation at bottom)