Rozelle Parklands UPDATE - MONDAY 22 January

Work has started at Rozelle Parklands on Tuesday, 23 January to safely remove and dispose of all asbestos-contaminated mulch from across the site.

Transport’s contractor, John Holland CPB Joint Venture (JHCPB), will this week establish key work site facilities, erect further fencing and signage and create special vehicle and machinery access to key locations. 

Background
Rozelle Parklands has been fenced off and closed to the public after the discovery of recycled garden mulch used in landscaping was found to contain traces of bonded asbestos.

JHCPB is ready to remove mulch in all areas that have been identified by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), in addition to a number of other publicly accessible areas.

Plans to remediate other areas outside the Parklands which have returned positive results to targeted sampling, including garden beds adjacent to the road and paths around the junction of the Anzac Bridge, Victoria Road and City West Link are underway.

In total, Transport for NSW identified 17 positive samples of bonded asbestos.

What is next?
Work will begin at the eastern Victoria Road end of the park and progress westwards to allow for the staged re-opening of the site to the community.

Contaminated mulch will be removed from garden beds before being transported from the site in covered trucks to an authorised disposal facility.

Up to 30 workers will be on site over coming weeks to methodically work through the park to ensure full compliance with the EPA’s 29 February deadline to remove affected material at the Parklands site. 

Once the site is cleared, new organic mulch will be spread with an EPA Accredited Site Auditor signing-off to ensure it meets all guidelines. The mulch removal will be conducted in a way to minimise damage to tens of thousands of already established plants, turfed areas, and the shared user paths. This adds additional time to the completion of the work on site, with a staged approach allowing the first sections of the park to open gradually towards the end of March.

Walking and cycling
Walking and bicycle paths through the park will be closed during the clean-up work.

The community are asked to revert to using pedestrian footpaths and bicycle lanes that were in place during the construction of the Rozelle Interchange Project, prior to the opening of the Parklands. Detour maps will be provided in construction notifications.

What about safety?
JHCPB is engaging with both the EPA and SafeWork NSW to ensure all safety protocols are followed during the work.

Our priority is safety and the efficient completion of the project, with necessary safeguards in place to protect the community.

Monitoring around the site for airborne particles will continue throughout the clean-up work. Ongoing tests have not identified anything outside of normal parameters at this time.

NSW Health advises the risk of illness for anyone who has come in contact with this material is low.  

The EPA’s investigation into the source of contamination in the mulch remains ongoing.

When will Rozelle Parklands reopen?
Rozelle Parklands is scheduled to reopen in stages.

The mulch removal will be conducted in a way to minimise damage to tens of thousands of already established plants, turfed areas, and the shared user paths.

This adds additional time to the completion of the work on site, with a staged approach allowing the first sections of the park to open gradually towards the end of March.

We will keep you updated on the project’s progress, so you stay across the latest information.

Where do I go for more information?
If you have any questions regarding the safety action plan, please call 1800 660 248.

Transport remains committed to creating a safer environment and understands the inconvenience this project may cause. We appreciate your patience as we work to reopen Rozelle Parklands again for the community to enjoy.

Rozelle Parklands is a multi-purpose open space in the heart of Sydney, that is designed for everyone of all ages and abilities; a place where the community can find new ways to interact with nature and each other at their doorstep.

Our new urban forest in the heart of the city is complete with pedestrian and cyclist shared user paths that connect into existing active transport links around Victoria Road, Annandale and the Anzac Bridge.

View our Rozelle Parklands Map

A guide for visitors to find their way around the Parklands.

View our Rozelle Parklands Walking and Cycling Links Map

Walking and cycling map that shows Rozelle Parklands connectivity with surrounding Local Government Areas.

Other features include boardwalks, picnic and barbeque areas, large grassed areas for future sporting fields, courts and pitches, bush trails, playgrounds and an amenities building.

The Parklands provides up to 10-hectares of open space that will be one of the largest in the Inner West, planting more than 3,000 trees on the site of old Rozelle Rail Yards and returning this area to local residents. Constructed wetlands and native plants will create an oasis to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

More information

John Holland and CPB Contractors (construction contractors of the Rozelle Interchange) have been contracted to deliver the Rozelle Parklands as outlined in the project’s Urban Design Landscape Plan (UDLP).

The images on this webpage are taken from the UDLP and are artist impressions of the parklands over the next 5-10 years as all vegetation matures.

Rozelle Parklands opened in late 2023.

Features of the Parklands

The Parklands features a Village Green across from Easton Park, which will be multi-purpose for community-based events and market gardens, as well as organised sporting activities in the future.

An urban forest theme runs through the barbecue areas, picnic areas and playgrounds. This area will also contain wetlands which will allow our community to imagine an atmosphere far away from the city.

To honour the legacy of the former Rozelle Railyards, there also an area with a strong post-industrial feel that ties the Parklands to the natural and cultural history of the Inner West.

Overall, the key landscape design approach focuses on native plants including ground layer massed planting and low shrubs, bulky shrubs and small trees, canopy tree planting (3,034 trees in the Parklands alone) and turf areas.

Learn more about the Parklands features by visiting the interactive map on the Urban Design Landscape Plan (UDLP) portal.

More than 1600 individual comments were received during community consultation for the UDLP, with 723 official submissions of feedback in 2020. In response, Transport for NSW established the Rozelle Parklands Working Group (RPWG) including local community members, representatives from the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment (now DPE), NSW Office of Sport, Inner West Council and Transport for NSW.

The RPWG was formed to help determine future use of the Rozelle Parklands to ensure it meets local and broader Inner West recreational needs. Recommendations made by the RPWG were then reviewed by the Minister for Planning.

History of Rozelle Parklands

The Rozelle Interchange is built on the site of the former disused Rozelle Railyards, which contained redundant rail infrastructure, waste and contamination. In 1980, the goods line supported by Railyards closed and the site was only used intermittently since. After the opening of Rozelle Parklands, the space is an active multi-purpose area for everyone across Greater Sydney to enjoy.

Reactivation of Lilyfield Road heritage properties

The final vision for Rozelle Parklands is a step closer with Transport for NSW running a Request for Tender (RFT), to occupy two properties on Lilyfield Road at the entrance to the new Parklands.

This follows an initial Expression of Interest (EOI) period in December 2022 which showed strong interest from the local business community about future uses of the properties. This will be a fantastic opportunity for businesses to be an integral part of Sydney’s newest green space and provide a unique experience for visitors and the local community.

RFT applications closed on Tuesday 18 October 2023.

The two properties, have been used by the Rozelle Interchange contractor during construction, will be rejuvenated for use as part of the entrance to the new Parklands.

The Parklands will provide up to 10 hectares of green open space and wetlands and include brand-new sporting and recreational facilities to residents of Sydney’s Inner West.

Future tenants of the properties have a vital role in shaping the overall experience of the Parklands for visitors and the local community.

A tender evaluation process will ensure that the preferred proposals meet the requirements of the Urban Design and Landscape Plan (UDLP) for Rozelle Parklands.

For more information, please contact the Rozelle Interchange team at LilyfieldRoadEOI@transport.nsw.gov.au

Artist impressions of 78 and 84 Lilyfield Road