Sydenham Station Creative Hub



Imagine a vibrant entertainment and employment precinct, where live music venues, small bars, restaurants and cafes thrive alongside traditional and creative industries.

This is Council's vision for the Sydenham Station Creative Hub.


What's behind the vision?

  • A recent study noted that the Sydenham Station area is already a major contributor to manufacturing in Marrickville and has very low vacancy rates. The study also found that to remain viable and attractive to businesses, much of the older industrial precincts (like the one in Sydenham) need to modernise, to achieve a balance between providing for traditional industry whilst also meeting the needsContinue reading



Imagine a vibrant entertainment and employment precinct, where live music venues, small bars, restaurants and cafes thrive alongside traditional and creative industries.

This is Council's vision for the Sydenham Station Creative Hub.


What's behind the vision?

  • A recent study noted that the Sydenham Station area is already a major contributor to manufacturing in Marrickville and has very low vacancy rates. The study also found that to remain viable and attractive to businesses, much of the older industrial precincts (like the one in Sydenham) need to modernise, to achieve a balance between providing for traditional industry whilst also meeting the needs of emerging industries, such as creative industries.
  • Council identified the potential of Sydenham Station industrial lands as a great place to nurture live music in its Live Music Action Plan particularly because it's a good fit in an area dominated by aircraft noise and industry. There's already at least one successful music venue operating there already.
  • Council also explored Sydenham as a home for artists and creative industry in an innovative project called Future Cities.

Add to this Sydenham's great public transport links, the new Metro train line which will see trains coming every four minutes to the station, the Sydenham to Bankstown Corridor Strategy and potential population growth nearby in the Victoria Road Precinct, Council believes the time has come to advance this vision.

Creating the hub

Phase 1 - Opening up the area by rezoning

To bring about the vision, the land in the Sydenham Station Creative Hub would need to be rezoned from General Industrial to Light Industrial to allow for a range of Creative Industries to operate. It would also allow restaurants and small bars to open in the precinct. Existing industry would have a right to remain.

Learn more about rezoning here

Phase 2 - Activating the area

Work would focus on calming traffic, greening the space, making it more pedestrian friendly, supporting artists and creative workers, working with potential live music venues.

Have your say

Council would now like to hear from business owners, land owners, residents, visitors, artists, musicians and the wider community on


  • the vision for the area,
  • the rezoning proposal
  • the boundaries of the precinct.

Feedback and questions closed on 17 May 2016


What happens next

Your feedback from the survey and the map comments has been collated into the preliminary community engagement report. At the council meeting on Tuesday 25 October 2016, considered that report and decided to proceed to Gateway with a planning proposal. Should Gateway approval be granted, Council will prepare and place on public exhibition the planning proposal and an economic study, as well as a strategy for a Development Control Plan (DCP) which would include a creative industries policy, licensed premises controls and plans for public domain improvements.

Read the report to Council (item 2) here
Read the minutes here

(See Rezoning FAQs for an explanation of the Gateway process).


Any enquiries? Contact Annie Coulthard on 9392 5328 or email annie.coulthard@marrickville.nsw.gov.au


  • Council's Planning Proposal to support the Creative Hub is passed by DP&E at Gateway.

    3 months ago

    Preparation of planning proposal - end of 2016
    Council officers prepared the planning proposal outlined in Council's decision on 25/10/16 and sent it to the Department of Planning and Environment for Gateway Determination.

    Planning proposal details
    The proposal keeps the current IN1 General Industrial zone with a change to allow development of restaurants or cafes, small bars and business premises and office premises

    'but only where the consent authority is satisfied that the business premises and/or office premises will be used for a creative purpose such as media, advertising, fine arts and craft, design film and television, music, publishing, performing arts, cultural heritage institutions or other related purposes'.

    Approval at Gateway by DP& E - 12/1/17
    The proposal was approved at Gateway to move to the next stage of the process - public exhibition. This approval is subject to a number of conditions being filled including a newly commissioned economic impact statement.

    Read the planning proposal documents
    The planning proposal, Gateway Determination conditions and other documents are on the DP&E Local Plan Making Tracking System site here

    Information about planning terminology used
    Read our FAQs here

    Next steps
    Council officers are now addressing the planning proposal approval conditions, once this material is complete, the planning proposal will go on public exhibition for community comment. This is likely to be mid 2017.

    Preparation of planning proposal - end of 2016
    Council officers prepared the planning proposal outlined in Council's decision on 25/10/16 and sent it to the Department of Planning and Environment for Gateway Determination.

    Planning proposal details
    The proposal keeps the current IN1 General Industrial zone with a change to allow development of restaurants or cafes, small bars and business premises and office premises

    'but only where the consent authority is satisfied that the business premises and/or office premises will be used for a creative purpose such as media, advertising, fine arts and craft, design film and television, music, publishing, performing arts, cultural heritage institutions or other related purposes'.

    Approval at Gateway by DP& E - 12/1/17
    The proposal was approved at Gateway to move to the next stage of the process - public exhibition. This approval is subject to a number of conditions being filled including a newly commissioned economic impact statement.

    Read the planning proposal documents
    The planning proposal, Gateway Determination conditions and other documents are on the DP&E Local Plan Making Tracking System site here

    Information about planning terminology used
    Read our FAQs here

    Next steps
    Council officers are now addressing the planning proposal approval conditions, once this material is complete, the planning proposal will go on public exhibition for community comment. This is likely to be mid 2017.

  • The Sydenham Station Creative Hub is a step closer after Council decides to add food, drink and live music venues to the mix

    7 months ago

    Inner West Council's vision for the area is to protect traditional industries, while expanding creative industries and entertainment choices.

    At its meeting on 25 October 2016, Council resolved to prepare a planning proposal and submit this to the Department of Planning and Environment for Gateway determination. This proposal would allow small bars, restaurants, cafes and creative uses as specified in Clause 6.12 of MELP 2011 to be permitted within the existing IN1 General Industrial zone.

    Should Gateway approval be granted, Council will prepare and place on public exhibition the planning proposal and an economic study, as well as a strategy... Continue reading

    Inner West Council's vision for the area is to protect traditional industries, while expanding creative industries and entertainment choices.

    At its meeting on 25 October 2016, Council resolved to prepare a planning proposal and submit this to the Department of Planning and Environment for Gateway determination. This proposal would allow small bars, restaurants, cafes and creative uses as specified in Clause 6.12 of MELP 2011 to be permitted within the existing IN1 General Industrial zone.

    Should Gateway approval be granted, Council will prepare and place on public exhibition the planning proposal and an economic study, as well as a strategy for a Development Control Plan (DCP) which would include a creative industries policy, licensed premises controls and plans for public domain improvements.

    Read the minutes of the meeting here for more details
  • Council will discuss this project at its meeting on Tuesday 25 October 2016

    7 months ago

    Read the business paper here. This document includes a report on the outcomes of the enagagment process and recommendations on the next steps. The community is welcome to attend the meeting and can apply to speak here.

    Read the business paper here. This document includes a report on the outcomes of the enagagment process and recommendations on the next steps. The community is welcome to attend the meeting and can apply to speak here.