Bungarribee Precinct Western Sydney Parklands
Landcom and NSW Department of Planning
Stretching 27 km from Quakers Hill to Leppington and comprising 5500 hectares, the Western Sydney Parklands is set to be one of the biggest urban parklands in the world.
The landscape and rejuvenation of the Parklands is to be funded by the development of several ‘interface’ sites. Planned by Architectus and managed by Landcom for the NSW Department of Planning, the first residential interface precinct at Bungarribee (Doonside) sets a benchmark for future precincts.
Prepared as a Concept Plan and Project Application under Part 3A of the EP&A Act, Doonside comprises a 700-730 lot residential subdivision on 55 hectares of developable land. Critical issues that were addressed include the interface with the Parklands, the integration with the existing community, the treatment of the Bungarribee Homestead heritage site and the indigenous and non-indigenous heritage significant sites.
A new avenue type – the ‘eco-median’ road – has been developed to visually extend the Parklands into and through the new urban development. Fingers of landscape planted with Cumberland Plain Woodland Species open the vista along the streets with the landscape medians widening closer to the parkland and managing stormwater runoff. The design and placement of these features also assist in linking the development with its Parklands context and help to achieve overarching social, ecological and environmental objectives.