Austral is approximately 14.33 square kilometres located within the Liverpool Council and Camden Council forming part of the Greater Western Sydney region in New South Wales, located 42 kilometres south-west of Sydney. The suburb is primarily large agricultural land holdings and rural residential properties, with sporadic residential development increasing the density across the suburb. The suburb has a small business district in a central location, providing a strip of urban conveniences, retail and services that provide for the area. The Leppington train station is found to the south, outside the suburb boundary.
The suburb boundary is located along Kemps Creek and property boundaries are to the west, with the suburb boundary found along a drainage channel to the east. The suburb boundary is located along Bringelly Road to the south, with the TransGrid – Kemps Creek Electrical Substation and property boundaries providing the suburb boundary to the north.
A unique vegetated preservation area located to the north and east, known as the Western Sydney Parklands covers 5,280 hectares and features a great assortment of picnic areas, walking and cycling tracks, and other entertainment facilities.
Fifteenth Avenue and Edmondson Avenue are the two major roads that provide access to the surrounding suburbs and the local roads network sound within the suburb. Kemps Creek continues from the adjoining suburb of Kemps Creek and splinters into other smaller creek corridors that traverse the suburb.
South West Priority Growth Area
The Austral Precinct is within an urban release area in Sydney’s South West Growth Centre and the Liverpool Local Government Area prepared the Liverpool Contributions Plan in 2014. The plan was to authorise the imposition of development contributions on development expected to occur in the Austral Precinct that would assist in the funding of new and augmented infrastructure needs. The Plan was adopted by Council on 26 May 2015 and came into effect on 3 June 2015.
The Liverpool Contributions Plan allocated a portion of Austral in the rezoning to a new precinct called Leppington North and a Leppington Major Centre. As a result, the suburb of Austral is now a reduced size and shape, with the new southern boundary along the Kemps Creek corridor and Ninth Avenue.
The NSW State Government Department of Planning and Environment is preparing an update of the SGWA Structure Plan as a lot has occurred since it was published (below). Work has commenced with the relevant councils (Camden, Campbelltown and Liverpool Councils) as well as other state agencies and industry groups, to ensure the Structure Plan reflects current planning for the area.
Austral forms part of the South West Growth Area and a Development Control Plan (DCP) was prepared to embed density controls in precinct plans to ensure that infrastructure planning aligns with growth. This Plan is known as the Liverpool Growth Centre Precincts Development Control Plan (DCP), particularly Schedule 1 – Austral and Leppington North Precincts and Schedule 2 - Leppington Major Centre Precinct was adopted and came into force on 3 April 2013 and was recently amended on 18 June 2021 (Austral ILP Amendment).
The DCP was prepared to provide additional guidance to developers, simplify the planning and ensure the orderly, efficient and environmentally sensitive development within the Precinct. The Liverpool Growth Centre Precinct is to be envisaged by the South West Sector Structure Plan and refined by both the Indicative Layout Plan for Austral and Leppington North Precincts and Leppington Major Centre.
Austral & Leppington North
- new Major Centre
- the new Leppington station
- three neighbourhood centres
- 220 hectares of employment land
- 135 hectares of open space and recreation areas
- upgrades to major roads
- new primary and high schools
- protection of significant vegetation, and major creek corridors
- improved connections to encourage walking and cycling.
The newly revitalised community at Austral & Leppington North will benefit from up to 17,350 new homes and the delivery of local amenities close to transport options, including:
The existing zoning will be amended to provide for future infrastructures to facilitate future development within the Austral and Leppington North Precinct and Leppington Major Centre Precinct. A major centre is to be established above the Leppington Train station and localised town/village centres provided at major intersections. The structure plan provides for the community including supermarkets, community facilities, retail and services to meet the local shopping needs of future residents.
A new road network has been designed to help provide safe streets for residents, cycling and walking paths, and provide direct access to the village centre. The new roads will enable bus services to connect people to surrounding suburbs and areas for schools, employment, retail, open spaces and services. Pedestrian and cyclist facilities will be constructed along open space and creek corridors that will access the new residential areas.
Green spaces will be integrated with new homes with landscaping and tree planting along streets and in public domain areas and protected vegetation.
- Leppington North and Austral – NSW State Government
- South West Grown Area Structure Plan
- NSW State Government Planning Portal
- Western Sydney Parkland
- Leppington - Precinct Rezoning Plan
- The Hills Shire Council Growth Centres Precinct - Development Control Plan
- NSW Planning (ePlanning Spatial Viewer)- Rezoned Area
- Google Streetview and Aerial