DETAILED plans for Parramatta’s new Western Sydney Stadium have sparked fears that Old Government House’s world heritage listing is under threat.
The 30,000-seat stadium will be significantly taller than Pirtek Stadium and obstruct views from the convict-built house, a State Government report into the environmental impact of the stadium said.
“The concept proposal would increase the overall height and footprint of the stadium, and locate it closer to O’Connell St,” the report said. “As a result, there would be potential impacts to key viewpoints as a result of the increased prominence of the stadium in the landscape. In particular, views identified for their high importance and heritage values.”
National Trust of Australia Parramatta branch president Brian Powyer said the concept for the stadium could significantly diminish the house’s heritage value.