The areas around many of Campbelltown’s train stations have undoubtedly seen better days.
But a pilot project launched by Campbelltown Council last week aims to “activate” at least one of those precincts.
The Love Leumeah Place Project saw several council staff set up shop on the eastern side of the station as sun rose on Friday, to gauge ideas from residents on how to spruce up the precinct.
An acoustic guitarist played soft music in the background while residents noted their suggestions down on paper.
Adrian McHarg said there were a number of things that could be done to breathe new life into the area.
“The area needs to have some stimulation – like car boot and farmer’s markets,” he said. “You shouldn’t have to go to Camden to get fresh produce.
It needs to have some stimulation – like car boot and farmer’s markets.Adrian McHarg
“The area is old and the only new thing in the area is Wests (League Club).”
Mr McHarg said he was “sick” of seeing a large, vacant block of land south of the shops remain bare.
He said restaurants, cafes and retail stores would help give the precinct a spruce up while more streetlights would also make residents feel safer.
Located on the north west corner of the shopping centre sits IGA. The manager of the store, Phil Pe, said he was focused on a small project that would make the outside of his store a more appealing and would pay homage to past generations who had called Leumeah home.
His idea involved putting a large, historic photo of Leumeah Train Station on the facade of his shop.
“I’m working with IGA and Campbelltown Council (to make it happen),” he said.
Janice Leys has lived in Leumeah for more than three decades. She said there were a few improvements she’d like to see occur in the area.
Though there was one concept she was dead against.
“Definitely no high-rises,” she said.
“We need some more public toilets and greenery.
“But I’ve lived here for 34 years so it can’t be all bad.”
Residents can also share their thoughts in an online survey.
A second event will be held later in May – the date is yet to be confirmed.
Depending on the success of the pilot project, the Love Leumeah Place Project could be rolled out throughout other areas in Campbelltown.