About Heathcote Ridge

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Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council’s (Gandangara) project at Heathcote Ridge is a forward thinking plan for the conservation and development of 850 hectares in south-west Sydney.

Gandangara’s project at Heathcote Ridge will:

  • Conserve two thirds of the project area, providing public access to a conservation area twice the size of Sydney’s Centennial Park;
  • Create green corridors linking the Georges River National Park with the Woronora River;
  • Remediate all degraded and contaminated areas;
  • Protect Aboriginal cultural sites and build an Aboriginal cultural centre;
  • Connect and co-locate employment-generating industries including scientific, medical, research and education businesses and services with supporting retail;
  • Create live-work opportunities for the local community with up to 4700 quality jobs;
  • Develop a leading sustainable community with initiatives for energy efficiency, solar power and water efficient mechanisms; and
  • Ease the significant housing pressure in the area with a release of land for 2400 residential dwellings.

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The Heathcote Ridge site is located 25 kilometres south-west of Sydney’s CBD between Holsworthy, Menai and Barden Ridge. It is ten kilometres south-east of Liverpool and about six kilometres west of Sutherland.

The site has long been earmarked for development, click here for more information about the site’s background.



The Planning Process

In 2010 the Minister for Planning confirmed the proposal would follow the State Significant Site (SSS) process.

The review of Part 3A confirmed the project will continue to follow this process.

The extensive public exhibition of Heathcote Ridge by NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure (DP&I) is now closed.

DP&I will now forward on to Gandangara any submissions received and Gandangara will have an opportunity to respond to issues raised in the submissions.

At then end of this process the DP&I will make a recommendation to the Minister for Planning who makes a final decision on the proposal.

A federal assessment process has been run concurrently and a similar process will be followed by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.

Consultation with stakeholders has been crucial to ensuring the final plan is as comprehensive as possible and significant consultation with over 30 stakeholders and seven community forums has now taken place.

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