Woodward Place: Master plan to transform city centre

The revitalisation of Brickmakers Creek and redevelopment of the Whitlam Leisure Centre are part of the first stage of the Woodward Place master plan which is anticipated to transform Woodward Park into a social, cultural and recreational hub.

Liverpool Council's vision for the 28-hectare piece of land west of the city centre is now on public exhibition with the project set to follow a 30-year timeline of staged revitalisation.

Liverpool mayor Wendy Waller said the city centre has been undergoing "cataclysmic change and transformation" in recent years.

"The Woodward Place master plan ensures this momentum continues," said Ms Waller, who wants to work in direct partnership with the state government to deliver this transformative project in Liverpool.

"The economic benefits of these major infrastructure projects at a regional, local and even individual level cannot be understated. Funding from the NSW Government for these projects will help further stimulate the local economy, potentially creating around 1110 jobs annually, over the next four years. This comes at a time when job creation will be essential to what is likely going to be a long post-pandemic recovery for Liverpool.

"We believe now is the right time to start this conversation with the recent announcement of the $5 billion WestInvest Fund.

"We continue to face challenges around liveability and connectedness in our own backyard, which are becoming more urgent by the year, as our population grows. We are striving hard to work in partnership with the State and Federal Governments to address these challenges through more efficient public transport, improved infrastructure and sustainable, quality public spaces."

The are several areas for activation that have been identified for Woodward Place including:

  1. Green Spaces: The proposed open space is positioned along the creek corridor to protect the water filtration function and biodiversity on site and includes running and cycling tracks, playgrounds and exercise parks.
  2. Leisure Centre: The new aquatic facility features an enclosed a 50-metre Olympic pool, 25-metre internal pool hall, hydrotherapy pool, cafe and gymnasium.
  3. Sporting Parks: A range of active use including multi-use sporting parks co-located with sports fields, district sporting parks, local sports facilities and pop-up or temporary park opportunities.
  4. City Facilities: City facilities including childcare facilities, community hubs, rooms, halls and public parking requirements.
  5. Community Facilities: Allow market space for regional producers, larger wholesalers connected with the Aerotropolis Agri-business Precinct and weekly community markets.
  6. Exhibition and Events: Opportunities including indoor events, large scale civic celebrations, regional and district exhibitions, conferences, performances and pop-up or temporary events.
  7. City Life: Provide large civic space with flexible outdoor activation opportunities

Liverpool Council has facilitated an extensive engagement with the existing site stakeholders of the Woodward Park over the last three years to ensure "no one is left behind without a new or upgraded facility." Currently, the Woodward Park site is home to the Whitlam Leisure Centre, netball courts, football fields and a range of community services and facilities including Autism Advisory and Support Service.

Autism Advisory and Support Service founder and chief executive Grace Fava said: "The Woodward Place master plan has the potential to transform the city creating a centre of excellence that will help to meet the changing needs of our growing population now and into the future. I look forward to seeing Liverpool City Council progress this Masterplan for the benefit of the community we serve."

David Borger, the executive director of Business Western Sydney, said Woodward Place will be a "Uniquely Liverpool" lifestyle precinct.

"We are very supportive of actions that will improve Liverpool's public amenity and make it a better place for people to live, work, play and learn," he said.

Mayor Waller said each member of the community is invited to provide feedback on the master plan and give insights into how facilities are currently being used and ideas for the future of Woodward Place.