The Hills Shire Council is seeking expressions of interest to conduct community consultation and prepare a master plan for the upgrade of Castle Hill Showground.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Michelle Byrne says the study would aim to enhance the Showground, which has become a popular destination to hold community and sporting events for the past 130-years.

“Sydney Hills is growing and with the opening of Sydney Metro Northwest, as well as an increase in density around the train stations, this very much-loved recreational precinct needs to be reimagined to provide more leisure, passive and recreational opportunities for residents going into the future,” says Byrne.

“The Master Planning process will look at how we can rejuvenate the community asset to capitalise on the surrounding development and a high-frequency train line. It will also look at how we can retain the current community groups onsite, whilst meeting the needs and aspirations of a growing population.”

“This study will help Council open up the precinct to cater for more community groups, residents and visitors, so that we can continue to provide the renowned quality of life that makes The Hills such a popular place to live, grow and raise a family,” says Byrne.

The Showground is part of the NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s Showground Station Precinct – an area earmarked for growth by the NSW Government as part of their Sydney Metro Northwest Priority Urban Renewal Corridor.

Mayor Byrne says she wants the Showground - which spans across 15 hectares and features a dog arena, trotting track, a variety of buildings and grassed areas - to become a renowned recreational hub that can support a variety of cultural, sporting and leisure precincts well into the future.

“We want the facility to cater for cultural activities, passive recreation and leisure, performing arts, major events, community events and so much more,” she says.