|Narellan Vale 2000 (Camden Images)|
The most recent decisions that has effected the Camden Local Government Area is the NSW Department Planning and Infrastructure's 2006 South West Growth Centre Strategy that plans a population of around 300,000. The new suburbs that have emerged from this included Oran Park, Gledswood Hills, Gregory Hills, and most recently those in the Catherine Field, Raby and Leppington area.
Sydney’s fringe communities have been portrayed as one-dimensional, or just part of South Western Sydney, yet their story has a rich history that is complex and multi-layered. Sydney’s south-western rural-urban frontier is a transition zone of many contrasts from the the loss of Oran ParkRaceway and now master planned estates, and Camden’s ‘country town idyll’ and rural vistas.
New communities are sites where displacement, dispossession and disempowerment have produced stories which are played out in a landscape of dreams met and dreams lost. Sydney’s second airport, food security, moral panics, mining (CSG/coal/sand), Sydney’s water catchment, flooding, endangered Cumberland Woodland, ex-urbanisation, heritage, commercial development at Narellan and other urban development issues produce a volatile mix in these often overlooked conservative communities.
The road patterns were set by 1820 with colonial land grants handed to the colonial gentry. Their estates formed a network of estates across the western Cumberland Plain. Many of these properties and their
Within Sydney's south western rural-urban fringe there are some of the areas hidden gems like The Australian Botanic Garden at Mt Annan and the Camden Museum.
|Room with a view (ABG)|
|The Blue Tree (ABG)|