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MOU signed by NSW Government and ATC: Rosehill Racecourse to become 25,000 homes

NSW premier Chris Minns hails ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’ to maximise housing and add new stations along Metro route.

Sydney’s west will gain up to two new metro stations and Rosehill racecourse could become the site for tens of thousands of homes, as the state both expands the scope and delays the delivery of the Metro West project.

The Minns government announced the keystone housing and infrastructure strategy after elements of the scheme, including a multi-part plan to rezone land around dozens of stations across the city, were leaked earlier in the week.

A key rail project for the state, the Metro West will be delayed until 2032 and expanded as part of the changes, with the government exploring the feasibility of adding two new stations along the line, including at Rosehill.

The government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Australian Turf Club (ATC) after being approached about turning the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse into up to 25,000 homes and a school, with an accompanying station.

The government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Australian Turf Club (ATC) after being approached about turning the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse into up to 25,000 homes and a school, with an accompanying station.

The deal would see the club retain ownership of the site until it was developed and a horse facility would be built at Horsley Park for the up to 400 animals that would need to be relocated, as well as developing Warwick Farm Racecourse into a “new world-class track”.

The premier, Chris Minns, said the idea was a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to deal with the state’s chronic housing crisis.

“The ATC sees this as a chance to secure the future of racing in NSW,” he said.

“The government sees this as an opportunity to put its money where its mouth is and build more housing, close to transport links, with plenty of green space for new families.

“This is exactly the type of proposal my government has been talking about over the last six months.”


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Taken from the Guardian Australia on 6 December 2023.

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