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Wentworth Point Rowing Club to be at the heart of Homebush Bay precinct development

Originally Published by Eliza Barr, Daily Telegraph. June 10 2016.
 
A WORLD class rowing club will be at the centre of Sydney’s $2.2 billion harbourside development, The Peninsula at Wentworth Point.

The state-of-the art club — a feature of the maritime precinct within the residential development — will cater to high performance training teams and also be available to the wider community.

The three-level overwater structure will incorporate vistas of Homebush Bay and the Rhodes peninsula skyline, with a 180-degree north-easterly aspect of the Homebush Bay rowing course.

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The upper levels will provide room for an indoor training gym, a club restaurant, a licensed club bar, function rooms and expansive observation decks.

A 24-hour publicly accessible kayak launch on the southern side of the building will allow community members and visitors alike to launch canoes and kayaks at any time.

Plans for the Wentworth Point Rowing Club were unanimously approved by the west joint regional planning panel.

The club, owned by the Roads and Martime Service and leased for 40 years to an operator, is slated to open in 2018.

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The Wentworth Point precinct is expected to deliver 2300 new dwellings and 2600 new jobs.

The precinct was rezoned to include a 3.9ha peninsula park with recreational spaces, three pocket parks of at least 2000sqm each, two residential neighbourhoods, a new primary school, a landscaped foreshore with pedestrian and cycle paths linking to Sydney Olympic Park, and a new maritime plaza with shops and cafes on the Homebush Bay promenade.

The precinct is now linked with train, bus and ferry transport since the privately-owned Bennelong Bridge opened last month, connecting it to the suburb of Rhodes.

The approval also includes upgraded utility services, a 3.9ha regional park and road infrastructure, cycleways, seawalls, playgrounds and 1000sqm of community space.

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State planning minister Rob Stokes said the joint proposal from UrbanGrowth NSW and the Roads and Maritime Service represented a significant investment in Western Sydney.

“This facility will provide growing local communities with access to a world-class rowing club and training gym, hospitality venues, viewing deck and a publicly accessible jetty launch area for kayaks and small watercraft,” Mr Stokes said.

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Mr Stokes said the new investment, which included land for new homes and transport infrastructure, would help make Homebush Bay a great place to live, work and play.

State roads and maritime minister Duncan Gay said the development would breath new life into the Homebush area.

“It is going to be a great asset for the community, visitors and river users alike,” Mr Gay said.

Drummoyne state Liberal MP John Sidoti said the new rowing club would add to the visual and cultural character of the emerging modern housing precinct.

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