The NSW Government has welcomed your ideas and feedback about future uses of historic Fernhill Estate, Mulgoa Road, Mulgoa.
This heritage-listed Western Sydney property was acquired by the NSW Government in 2018 along with two adjacent properties, to bring the 412-hectare site into public ownership.
The NSW Government has commenced planning for future uses of Fernhill Estate.
A Conservation Management Plan (CMP) has been commissioned. This draft document outlines the heritage and conservation values that must be protected in the future. For example, the draft CMP outlines that any changes to the homestead must be in keeping with its Greek revival architectural style, while any changes to the land should not impact on the mature trees and existing bushland.
A Future Use Options Paper has also been prepared, outlining potential future uses that make use of the Estate’s heritage homestead, facilities and open space, while meeting the requirements outlined in the draft CMP. Suggestions include revitalising the homestead as a commercial venue, with the land opened for agricultural, equestrian, not-for-profit and/or recreational uses and bushwalking.
The draft Options Paper was exhibited from December 18, 2019 to April 3, 2020 for community and stakeholder feedback and suggestions.
Thank you to the many community members who provided suggestions on potential future uses of Fernhill Estate.
Community feedback, views and ideas that align with the site’s heritage and conservation requirements will inform the Plan of Management, which will detail opportunities for Fernhill Estate.
The Plan of Management is scheduled to be finalised in late 2020 for review and approval by the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces.
When the Plan of Management is approved, the NSW Government will enter into discussions with relevant organisations to progress the implementation of the Plan of Management recommendations, ensuring the future viability of Fernhill Estate.
You can find further information on Fernhill Estate on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website.