Rooftop gardens and green walls to be scattered throughout Campbelltown CBD

Rooftop gardens, apartment blocks draped in vines and canals that feature more than the odd shopping trolley in them.

Welcome to your future CBD, Campbelltonians.

Today, Campbelltown released its long-term, environmentally sustainable vision for the city.

The area is set to undergo a massive population boom in the next 20 years with the majority of new residents set to call apartment buildings around Campbelltown Train Station home.

Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic said the increase in density was “common sense” and would reduce the impact of urban sprawl.

The Re-Imagining Campbelltown strategy, released today, aimed to ensure the city didn’t become a dark and dreary concrete jungle.

As part of that plan, apartment buildings would be “future proofed”, Cr Brticevic said.

That future proofing would include the introduction of recycled water and the provision for solar panels, while green roofs and walls would become the norm on the CBD’s apartment buildings.

Buildings and roofs would also be painted in lighter colours in an effort to combat the urban heat island effect and the area surrounding the drab looking canal would also have practical flora planted instead of dry, fire-prone grass.

“We want to absorb the heat and create a liveable area,” Cr Brticevic.

“There will no longer be dark coloured, concrete buildings.

“The green city is also about creating quality recreational facilities which includes multi-purpose courts and places where people can sit and chat outside.

“Somewhere where kids can run around, kick a ball and shoot hoops.”

He was glad there was now a vision to establish green spaces on apartment buildings in Macarthur’s biggest CBD.

“These concepts are becoming mainstream and are not just being spruiked by radicals wearing sandals,” he said.

“The world will not be saved by putting solar panels on individual houses. It will be saved by coming together as a whole community built on principals.”

Creating a CBD that encouraged residents to walk, rather than hop in cars, was also major aim of the strategy.

The strategy also states the intention to transform Queen Street from an area that “provides few essential services for the community” during the day and becomes a “dangerous place” at night, to a vibrant, community friendly destination.

Cr Brticevic was confident the Queen Street transformation would be successful.

“The Queen Street you see today will be so different in five or 10 years,” he said.

“There will be no sniggering when people talk of Queen Street in the future.

“There will be naysayers but others will embrace it.”