Proposed Upper South Creek Advanced Water Recycling Centre

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Indicative diagram of how the centre will work, treating water to the highest standard and distributing it for agricultural use and environmental flows.

Sydney Water is helping to shape the Western Parkland City using a total water cycle approach to deliver sustainable wastewater and recycled water services.

In planning the centre we’ve looked at the best use of water resources across the catchment, how we define the way we value and manage water, moving from single water use to multi-reuse.

The solution will help keep water in the landscape and local waterways to shape bluer and greener communities and create a better life for our customers.

The centre will help us make every precious drop of water count.

We’re planning an advanced water recycling centre to support population and economic growth at and around the new Western Sydney International Airport.

This is essential infrastructure required to support development of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, where the population is expected to multiply 25 times - from 25,000 today to 650,000 by 2056.

What's an Advanced Water Recycling Centre? Check out our FAQ here.

The facility will support growth in Western Sydney, helping support communities to live, work and play.

We’re in the early stages of planning and seek your feedback.

Getting involved is simple. To have your say, drop your pin on the map, or take our survey.

We look forward to updating you as our project evolves.

Sydney Water is helping to shape the Western Parkland City using a total water cycle approach to deliver sustainable wastewater and recycled water services.

In planning the centre we’ve looked at the best use of water resources across the catchment, how we define the way we value and manage water, moving from single water use to multi-reuse.

The solution will help keep water in the landscape and local waterways to shape bluer and greener communities and create a better life for our customers.

The centre will help us make every precious drop of water count.

We’re planning an advanced water recycling centre to support population and economic growth at and around the new Western Sydney International Airport.

This is essential infrastructure required to support development of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, where the population is expected to multiply 25 times - from 25,000 today to 650,000 by 2056.

What's an Advanced Water Recycling Centre? Check out our FAQ here.

The facility will support growth in Western Sydney, helping support communities to live, work and play.

We’re in the early stages of planning and seek your feedback.

Getting involved is simple. To have your say, drop your pin on the map, or take our survey.

We look forward to updating you as our project evolves.

  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse online community information sessions

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    Join us at one of our community information sessions to get an update on the project, ask questions, tell us what you think about the project.

    We will be holding three online sessions in Arabic, Vietnamese and Chinese.

    Details of these sessions:

    • Arabic: Friday, 16 July (10:00 am - 11:30am)
    • Vietnamese: Friday, 23 July (10:00am - 11:30am)
    • Chinese: Saturday, 24 July (10:00am - 11:30am)

    If you are interested in attending, please contact the Upper South Creek team on 1800 238 881 or at uppersouthcreek@sydneywater.com.au

  • SYDNEY LOCKDOWN: Luddenham pop up stall postponed

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    Given the current lockdown in Sydney, we are postponing the community pop up information session at Luddenham Village Café (3035 The Northern Road, Luddenham NSW 2745) that was scheduled for Saturday, 3 July. We'll confirm a new date when restrictions ease, so please keep an eye out for updates.

  • Mulgoa and Cabramatta pop up stalls postponed due to COVID-19

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    With the safety of the community and our people top of mind, due to the evolving COVID-19 situation in Sydney, we are postponing the following community pop up information sessions:

    • Saturday, 26 June at Settlers Café in Mulgoa
    • Tuesday, 29 June in Cabramatta Plaza
    • Thursday, 1 July in Cabramatta Plaza

    Once restrictions have eased, we will post new dates. Be sure to keep an eye out for these updates.

  • Coming to a café, shop or hall near you soon

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    Come meet the team and tell us what you think about the proposed Advanced Water Recycling Centre’s design at one of our upcoming community ‘pop-up’ information events.

    The centre in Kemps Creek, just north of Elizabeth Drive, will provide essential wastewater services for West and South West Sydney for generations to come.

    To do this we also need to install two new pipes, one running 17km west and another 24km east.

    Please join us at one of our events listed below to find out more about the design and help us plan so we can minimise any potential disruption in your neighbourhood.

    If you just can’t wait to tell us what you think, email us at uppersouthcreek@sydneywater.com.au or call 1800 238 881.

    ** Upcoming events **

    Saturday 5 June 2021 (10am-1:30pm)

    Wallacia Progress Association Hall (outside the hall, 40 Greendale Road, Wallacia NSW 2745)

    Saturday 19 June 2021 (12:30-4pm)

    Dam Break Café (31B Fourteenth Street, Warragamba NSW 2752)

    **POSTPONED** Saturday 26 June 2021 (10am-1:30pm)

    Settlers Café (1300 Mulgoa Road, Mulgoa NSW 2745)

    **POSTPONED** Tuesday 29 June 2021 (3-6:30pm)

    Cabramatta Plaza (180 Railway Parade, Cabramatta NSW 2166)

    **POSTPONED** Thursday 1 July 2021 (3-6:30pm)

    Cabramatta Plaza (180 Railway Parade, Cabramatta NSW 2166)

    Saturday 3 July 2021 (1-4:30pm)

    Luddenham Village Café (3035 The Northern Road, Luddenham NSW 2745)

  • Online information sessions

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    Register for our online information sessions to hear more about the Upper South Creek project.

    Click the links below to register with us. We've designed the sessions so you can join the session that's most relevant to your suburb or area of interest.

    We'd prefer you join on zoom but if you're having technical difficulties you can join via phone too.

    Online session 1: 7 pm Thursday 18 February 2021: click here to book in

    This session is designed for community who are interested in the proposed Upper South Creek Advanced Water Recycling Centre. This includes community who live and work close to the future centre in Kemps Creek, near Mamre Road and Elizabeth Drive, and the surrounding suburbs of Badgerys Creek, Luddenham and Penrith.

    Online session 2: 12 noon Friday 19 February 2021: click here to book in

    This session is designed for community who live and work in Mulgoa, Wallacia and Warragamba.

    Online session 3: 7 pm Monday 22 February 2021 : click here to book in

    This session is designed for community who live and work near the M7 and Western Sydney Parklands, Abbotsbury, Cecil Park, Cecil Hills and nearby suburbs.

    Online session 4: 12 noon Tuesday 23 February 2021: click here to book in

    This session is designed for community who live and work at Bonnyrigg, Bonnyrigg Heights, Busby, Cabramatta, Cabramatta West, Edensor Park, Fairfield, Lansdowne, Mount Prichard, and nearby suburbs.


  • Tell us what you think

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    Join us at one of our community information sessions to get an update on the project, ask questions, tell us what you think about the project.

    The proposed Advanced Water Recycling Centre at Kemps Creek, just north of Elizabeth Drive will provide essential wastewater services for the West and South West Sydney for generations to come.


    The centre will be delivered in stages to meet changing customer needs at the right time and support the community as it grows from 25,000 today to 650,000 by 2056.

    If approved, we expect the first stage to be finished in 2025. When completed in 2036, the plant will treat up to 100 million litres of wastewater daily, producing high quality recycled water that is suitable for a range of uses.


    For further information about the project, join us 10.00am-1.30pm:


    Tuesday 19 January 2021

    Warragamba Silverdale Neighbourhood Centre

    Wednesday 20 January 2021

    Penrith Markets Penrith Showground 141-147 Station Street Penrith


    Saturday 30 January 2021

    Bonnyrigg Plaza


    Sunday 31 January 2021

    Penrith Westfields


    Saturday 6 February 2021

    Carnes Hill Shopping Centre


    Sunday 7 February 2021

    Luddenham Country Market Luddenham Showgrounds


    See why our Managing Director, Roch Cheroux is seeking your early feedback about the proposed Advanced Water Recycling Centre project.

    In a letter to the community Roch explains why this project will be so important to making every drop of our water resources count to help shape a cooler, greener Western Sydney Parkland City. Read Roch’s letter to the community.

    You can also view maps and graphics in our latest newsletter showing how and where the proposed Advanced Water Recycling Centre will operate. Tell us what you think by providing your feedback in this 5min survey.

  • Going beyond traditional water services in Western Sydney

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    We’re celebrating a big milestone with submission of the Upper South Creek Advanced Water Recycling Centre (AWRC) Scoping Report to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). Visit Upper South Creek's page on the planning portal to access a copy of the Scoping Report.

    This formally triggers the start of the Environmental Impact Statement process for one of our largest investments in wastewater management and water resilience in a decade, supporting growth in the South West and Western Sydney Aerotropolis Growth Areas.

    The Centre will be located north-east of Elizabeth Drive in Kemps Creek, near the upper Wianamatta-South Creek. When complete the Upper South Creek AWRC will go well beyond existing recycling schemes, moving away from the traditional way of building water infrastructure, and will help redefine the way we value and how we use water more sustainably.

    The modular design of the AWRC allows it to be developed in stages to support growth, with wastewater treatment plant to be completed in 2025. The Centre will use industry-leading water and resource recycling technology to harness renewable energy, making this also one of the greenest infrastructure investments in NSW.

    The Scoping Report has been developed to provide more information on the proposed project, including the development of the SEARs. Significant stakeholder engagement has already started and is progressing well, keeping a strong focus on creating a world-class customer experience.

    Next steps for the project include the Planning Secretary to issue the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs). The Department of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE) goal is to issue within 30 days, so we would expect it around the end of August. DPIE contacts other relevant government agencies to get input into the SEARS.

  • Planning for growth in Western Sydney: investigation activities

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    Sydney Water is expanding our services to support future growth in Western Sydney. As part of this process, we need to carry out geotechnical investigations to help determine the best location for the new infrastructure.

    These investigations include general site walkovers, investigation of heritage and ecology, surveying of the area and location of services. it also includes drilling boreholes and excavating test pits to better understand ground conditions and monitoring noise.


    Our project team requires access to some properties across Western Sydney, and have been in touch with tenants and owners to conduct these investigations.

    We expect we will complete the current phase of investigations by around August and will carry identification and a Certificate of Authority which we will show you at your request.

    You may notice us doing these investigations on site between 7 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

    You do not need to be at the property during the investigations however if you do have requirements on how we should leave the property, please let us know.


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  • Planning for growth in Western Sydney: geotechnical investigations

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    Sydney Water is expanding our services to support future growth in South Western Sydney. As part of this process, we need to carry out geotechnical investigations close to properties in South West Sydney to help determine the best location for the new infrastructure.

    We try to avoid the need to access properties to conduct our investigations, however there may be noise due to our drilling and excavation activities nearby.

    We expect we will complete the current phase of investigations by around August and will carry identification and a Certificate of Authority which we will show you at your request.

    You may notice us doing these investigations on site between 7 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Community Relations team on 1800 238 881 or via email at uppersouthcreek@sydneywater.com.au


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