Rozelle rail yards to be transformed

Rozelle Rail Yards, image courtesy RMS

The former Rozelle rail yards are due to be transformed into 10 hectares of green space, which will include smokestacks, sports fields and recreational facilities.

The precinct is planned as stage 3 of WestConnex, featuring a skatepark, a pavilion and a lookout platform.

Local residents have expressed concerns that the three unfiltered smoke stacks, will emit exhaust onto neighbouring properties.

It has been widely reported that UrbanGrowth NSW, the development arm of the State Government have revealed a vision for two sports fields catering for a variety of sports such as soccer, rugby and cricket. Four multi-sport courts for tennis, basketball and netball are also under consideration.

The initial development was announced in 2016 by then premier Mike Baird, in conjunction with the proposed Rozelle interchange.

The 10 hectares of open space will be government and privately owned, connecting Annandale and Rozelle through a pedestrian and cycling link.

Among the greenery, there are also plans for 250 carparking spaces, two clubhouses, a pavilion and a cafe, a playground area, picnic and barbecue facilities and parkland with tree canopy.

The space is to be available for public use after the opening of the interchange in late 2023.

The masterplan for The Bays Precinct will be finalised in consultation with local councils, according to a spokesperson for the Road and Maritime Services. RMS has been committed to remediating the site, that has been abandoned for over 20 years.

There have also been indications that future uses of the park could include community centres and a school, according to the M4-M5 Link concept design released last year.

Written by Alison Xiao

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