Stunning designs have been revealed for the new 423-hectare park at Fernhill Estate, now on display for public feedback.
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the first draft landscape master plan for the historic site would celebrate Fernhill’s natural and heritage beauty.
“Fernhill Estate is an extraordinary place that has been closed to the public for a long time. This is the public’s chance to help shape this new and exciting chapter under the management of Greater Sydney Parklands,” Mr Stokes said.
“The draft landscape master plan honours the significant Aboriginal and colonial histories of the site, celebrates the breathtaking landscape and will ensure Fernhill Estate is a place for everyone to enjoy.”
Penrith MP and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the park would become a favourite for locals and visitors for many years to come.
“What was once a private property locked out to locals for more than a century will soon be a series of pathways, waterways and gardens on the estate of one of Sydney’s historic homes,” Mr Ayres said.
“This will give locals and visitors the chance to unwind in what will be one of Sydney’s best public parklands.”
Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies said the draft plan for the estate reflected the Government’s vision to create a city within a park.
“New walking trails will link Fernhill to its surroundings including the Blue Mountains, Mulgoa Village, Mulgoa Creek and St Thomas’ church,” Mrs Davies said.
“The plan includes a new playspace, circuit walk, restored gardens, picnic amenities, barbecue areas, a 300m boardwalk around the dam, kayaking spots and much more.”
The draft landscape masterplan also includes designs for new meandering pathways and seating, recreational facilities near to the main dam on the Estate along with garden plantings, restoring the historic gardens around Fernhill House and providing safe access to the Estate off Mulgoa Road.
The draft plan is on display until February 6 with the final Landscape Master Plan expected to be adopted in the first half of 2022. For more information, please visit: www.westernsydneyparklands.com.au/fernhill-estate.