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The NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) is working with the community to renew Riverwood estate.

The renewal of the 30 hectare Riverwood estate could deliver 3,900 new private and social homes with excellent access to transport, services and recreation spaces.

Replacing the estate’s ageing social housing with modern homes is part of a program to renew and improve social housing and provide more private housing in the Canterbury-Bankstown and Georges River local government areas.

The renewal will provide 5 hectares of open spaces, well laid-out streets and footpaths, landscaping, community facilities and services, along with local retail shops to support the current and future needs of the community.

The renewal is a long-term project and will take place in stages over the next 15-20 years.

Community consultation

The plans build on feedback received from extensive consultation undertaken with residents, the broader community and other stakeholders since 2016.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) placed the plans on public exhibition from 12 August to 25 September 2022 for the community to consider and provide further feedback.

At the same time, LAHC hosted a series of engagement events for key stakeholders and the local community to see the plans and find out more about the rezoning proposal and draft master plan.

Map of Riverwood estate

You can find more details about the Riverwood estate renewal using the following interactive map.

Note: You can view a larger version of the interactive map.

More and better homes

The proposed plans for Riverwood estate renewal could create two distinct neighbourhoods that reflect their surroundings. There could be a mix of social and private housing of the same high-quality design. The rezoning proposal accommodates a mix of dwelling types, encouraging diversity and catering to the needs of existing and future residents.

The two residential neighbourhoods could include:

Garden Apartment Neighbourhood

A garden parkland precinct that prioritises views to Salt Pan Creek Reserve. Features include:

  • Narrow streets with lower scale apartments.
  • Rooftop gardens and communal spaces on lower levels.
  • Apartment buildings on the edge of Salt Pan Creek Reserve with no more than 4 storeys tall to provide strong connections to open space.
  • The garden precinct will also feature local pocket parks.

Roosevelt Park Urban Neighbourhood

An urban precinct that extends the Riverwood town centre. Features include:

  • Three taller buildings up to 12 storeys, including space for retail and commercial uses.
  • Lower apartment buildings 3 to 6 storeys along the new.
  • Community Greenway and Truman Avenue to maintain privacy and access to sunlight.
  • A connected precinct that is within 800m of Riverwood train station.
  • New parks and community facilities supporting the community.

Parks and open spaces

The Riverwood estate renewal is proposed to deliver approximately 5 hectares of open space, including 6 new and 2 existing parks.

All Riverwood estate residents could be within 200m walking distance to open space and would not have to cross more than one road to get there.

Some key features of the parks:

  • Roosevelt Park: This 1ha park is at the heart of the community and could service the needs of the wider Riverwood community. The large central lawn could provide flexible space for the community including informal sports field, kiosks, gym equipment, and several play and seated areas.
  • Community Garden Park: could include a new community lawn next to the existing community garden with additional seating areas.
  • Community Park: Community Park is a local park that could provide a community garden (similar to Karne Street Reserve), picnic lawn and shaded areas for social gatherings.
  • Civic Plaza: could include sports courts and informal seating, providing opportunities for weekend markets and art installations.
  • Community Greenway: Proposed 0.5 ha which could connect Riverwood Public School to Roosevelt Park. A pedestrian promenade designed with children and play in mind - this generous space could connect local residents with the Salt Pan Creek and Riverwood Public School to Roosevelt Park. The linear park space could also provide small lawn areas, planted pods and seated gathering pods for supervising parents to meet and chat.
  • Salt Pan View: Salt Pan view could be an open space leading into Salt Pan Creek Reserve. This could also open view corridors within the Estate, looking out to Salt Pan Creek.

Traffic and transport 

The Riverwood estate renewal could include changes to the existing local roads.

These changes could better connect residents to parks, shops and public transport. The proposed street network will encourage walking and cycling and will provide better links to Riverwood Public School.

Changes to local roads could include:

  • Widening Roosevelt Avenue to become a 30m wide tree-lined boulevard with more space for cars, generous footpaths for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Widening Kentucky Street, Union Street and Truman Avenue to improve traffic flow.
  • Upgrading the intersections on Belmore Road at Roosevelt Avenue and Washington Avenue to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow.
  • Building new local roads to improve connectivity within Riverwood estate.
  • New cycle and pedestrian pathways that better connect with existing pathways.
  • Changing the bus route so all residents are within 200m walking distance of a bus stop.
  • Building underground car parks within buildings, and providing car parking on all streets, except for laneways.

Heritage

Riverwood’s most important feature is its people. The Riverwood estate renewal could be designed to support an integrated community that is safer, more attractive and connected to its past.

In delivering the project, we will aim to:

  • Ensure locally connected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices are heard.
  • Provide opportunities for collaboration and co-design with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Celebrate Aboriginal culture and language through opportunities to name or dual name locations and streets in local traditional language, in collaboration with the community and a community endorsed language expert.

Community facilities and services

The master plan could includes up to 4,800m2 of floor space for local shops, cafés and services. The new community facilities and open spaces could be well-lit and to promote safety.

The master plan includes space for a new 60-place childcare centre, available for a private developer to build and a childcare provider to operate. LAHC could also contribute to Council’s development of, or upgrade to, community facilities that could be used for indoor activities.

Planning process and timeline

The first step in the planning process is for the DPE to change the planning rules that control what can be built at Riverwood estate. LAHC prepared and submitted a rezoning proposal and master plan to DPE, which are the formal documents needed to make this change.

The Riverwood estate renewal is a long-term project which will be delivered in stages over the next 15 to 20 years. This timeline outlines what has happened so far, what is happening now, and when we expect the project to be delivered. These milestones and dates are subject to change as plans develop. We are committed to providing the community with regular updates throughout this time.

Date
2016-2021
  • Consultation with key stakeholders and the community to prepare the first master plan
  • Extensive community consultation on the first master plan
  • Preparation of technical studies and supporting documentation
2022
  • Rezoning proposal placed on public exhibition for feedback
  • DPE will assess the rezoning proposal
2023-2024
  • DPE will make a decision on the rezoning proposal
  • If the rezoning proposal is approved, LAHC will seek a delivery partner to renew the LAHC owned properties, as well as the supporting infrastructure including roads, parks, and community facilities
Late 2024-2025
  • Development applications will be prepared and submitted in this time. There will be further community consultation during this process
  • The first stage of relocation for social housing residents is likely to begin from late 2024
2026-2027
  • Development applications for first stage of renewal are expected to be approved in this time
  • First stage of construction
2028-2043
  • Further stages of relocations for social housing tenants
  • Preparation of further development applications
  • Construction of new housing, parks and Infrastructure

Contact us

If you have questions, view the frequently asked questions from the recent public exhibition (PDF, 1024.06KB) or contact LAHC at riverwood.ssp@dpie.nsw.gov.au or call 180 738 718.