Project Background

Three of the seven Sydney Metro West stations proposed by the NSW Government are located within the City of Canada Bay Local Government Area (LGA). These will be in North Strathfield, Five Dock and Concord/Burwood North.

The areas immediately surrounding Sydney Metro West stations are intended to become focal points for people to live, work, shop and play.

Council is seeking community input to determine the desired future character for the localities surrounding each of the three Metro West stations in the Canada Bay LGA.

What does Council want to know?

Council is undertaking community consultation to:

  • Understand the unique elements in each of the localities surrounding each Metro station
  • Identify ideas for improvements in each of the three precincts such as open space, public space, walking and cycling infrastructure and traffic movements
  • Understand how the types of activities, businesses, employment and ‘things to do’ within and around the new Metro West stations could be enhanced
  • Test the types of housing and other buildings that should be encouraged

The outcomes from this community consultation will inform the development of a Local Character Statement for each of the three precincts which will describe the community’s preferences for how the areas could change in the future.

The Local Character Statements will also be used to inform potential changes to planning controls that apply to land around Metro stations.

Three of the seven Sydney Metro West stations proposed by the NSW Government are located within the City of Canada Bay Local Government Area (LGA). These will be in North Strathfield, Five Dock and Concord/Burwood North, and the areas defined as the "metro station precincts" can be seen below.

Three of the seven Sydney Metro West stations proposed by the NSW Government are located within the City of Canada Bay Local Government Area (LGA). These will be in North Strathfield, Five Dock and Concord/Burwood North.

How to have your say

  • Complete the online survey for one or all of the station precincts (allow approximately 10 minutes for each station precinct). Click on each icon below for each precinct
  • You will have the chance to win one of three $50 gift cards when you submit a survey (T&Cs can be read here)
  • Consultation closes Wednesday 16 December 2020.

Share your special places on our interactive maps

Five Dock

North Strathfield

Concord/Burwood North

In March 2018, the NSW Government released a high level project overview of the Sydney Metro West for the purpose of public consultation.

The locations of seven proposed metro stations have now been confirmed at Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, North Strathfield, Concord/Burwood North, Five Dock and The Bays.

The project is planned to connect Sydney Central Business District with Greater Parramatta.

Map – Overview of the Sydney Metro West rail alignment

The project is expected to provide significant potential benefit to the locations identified, as well as more widely for the people of City of Canada Bay. Not only will this project provide additional public transport accessibility, but if well designed and constructed, new Metro stations have the potential to have public domain and economic benefits.

It is recognised that the function of the Metro serves much wider social and economic purposes than provision of new station locations within Canada Bay local government area. As well as adding capacity to the main western railway line, the Metro will free up congestion and crowding throughout the entire Sydney rail network and traffic on-road.

It is anticipated that excavations for our three stations will commence towards the end of 2021, with tunnelling around our stations to start in 2022. It is expected that the Sydney Metro West project will be completed by 2030.

For more information about the Sydney Metro West project, to register for updates, for project enquiries, or for complaints about construction work please visit the Sydney Metro website.

Local Character Areas are areas that have been identified as having, or that will evolve to have, a distinctive ‘look and feel’. All places have character, but character differs from place to place. The features and qualities that make one area distinctive will not be the same in another area. By promoting the features that make an area distinctive allows for change, but in a way that creates future environments that are harmonious and that celebrate their uniqueness.

There are three different types of Local Character Area that we are looking at, all of which will experience change, but to different degrees.

  • Change – Areas that will undergo significant change.
  • Enhance - Areas that will undergo change but in a way that enhances and expands the existing character
  • Maintain - Areas in which the existing character will be maintained and protected.

Note that Heritage is a distinct form of Local Character and is not proposed for change as part of this project.

Each Local Character Area will have a Local Character Statement. This is a new type of planning document, which will be given planning weight through Council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP). The Statement, together with Council’s Development Control Plan (DCP), will describe the desired future character for each Local Character Area and guide the design and construction of future development in order to achieve that vision.

Your feedback along with other research will help to shape a Local Character Statement for each of the future precincts. Once prepared, the Local Character Statements will be used to inform a local planning study and potential changes to the planning framework that applies to land around the proposed metro stations.

For more information about Local Character Statements please visit the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Local Character webpage.

Council is also working to introduce other Local Character Areas into the City of Canada Bay and we will soon be seeking community feedback about the first suite of draft Local Character Areas which intend to maintain existing character. These are areas which the community previously identified as being highly valued because they have a distinctive and special character.

Each Local Character Area will have a Local Character Statement which, together with Council’s Development Control Plan (DCP), describes the desired future character and guides the design and construction of future development in order maintain the areas’ distinct ‘look and feel’.

Please ensure you join Collaborate Canada Bay so that you can be informed and have your say on this and any other community engagement that we undertake.