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The Western Sydney Parklands (WSP) is a significant greenway corridor of some 5280 ha, extending 27 km from north to south, located 35 km west of the Sydney CBD. It is a corridor replete with opportunities, but also presenting many challenges to its future development and ongoing management, in particular, balancing the public’s interest to gain access to the corridor for recreation with broader conservation concerns to enhance its ecological integrity. This paper charts the evolution of the WSP throughout its history, and explores how the WSP in combination with the M7 motorway has evolved since 1968, focusing on shifts over time in planning policy objectives from growth controlling greenbelt concepts to the emergence of a greenway corridor approach that meets the objectives of sustainable metropolitan development. This is the first step in a much bigger research project which is reconsidering planning approaches to open space planning in metropolitan Sydney over the past 60 years.



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