Suburbs along the Bankstown line are rich in heritage. This is hardly surprising, given the suburbs were first created when the line was extended to Belmore in 1895 and then to Bankstown in 1909.
However, the urban renewal plans show almost no regard to existing heritage items and make no attempt to map potential new heritage items or conservation areas.
A large number of State and local heritage items are located in areas proposed for significant increased density in the urban renewal plans, thereby encouraging developers to seek to demolish them to replace them with higher uses. Even if preserved as part of redevelopment plans, the heritage items face losing their curtilage and significance after being surrounded by high-rise development.
This has been done without any consideration or guidance as to how these heritage items could be protected as part of any future development schemes. Below is just a very small selection of the corridor's heritage which is under threat.
Horse racing began at Canterbury Racecourse (left) in 1852.
The present site was leased from Jeffrey's Estate in 1884 by a company. It was acquired by Sydney turf club which its first meeting in January 1945.
The site is a local heritage item and now proposed for development, including for 18-storey towers.
The Bankstown line was targeted for the initial rollout of War Service Homes for returning World War I veterans, as can be seen from the headline on the SMH story from 1919 above.
Many of these homes are now under threat, including the former War Services Home at Restwell St at Bankstown (pictured at right).
CORRIDOR HERITAGE UNDER THREAT
These semi-detached homes in Warburton St, Marrickville are proposed for a heritage listing by the Inner-West Council. At the same time, they are shown in a 12-storey redevelopment zone by the NSW Government.
Heritage home in Amy St, Campsie, now in an eight-storey zone
Iserbrook is located in Fore St, Canterbury and built to the design of Architect Varney Parkes, who occupied the dwelling from 1904 to 1925, initially as a tenant and from 1911 as its owner.
Parkes was the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Canterbury 1895-1900, 1907-1913.
Now threatened by the fact it has been placed in a five-storey zone.
Stunning heritage home in The Parade, Dulwich Hill - used as a maternity hospital in the 1920s/30s - not a heritage item but under threat from redevelopment
Stunning Californian bungalow at Macarthur Parade, Dulwich Hill - which was the home of the area's former State MP John Ness from the 1920s-40s - not a heritage item but under threat from redevelopment
The former Sugar Works at Canterbury, built in 1841, is a stunning State heritage item. It has been converted into housing.
The urban renewal plans released in October 2015 made this a high-rise site, threatening the future of the Sugar Works. Maps released in May 2016 showed that this proposal had been removed, but the site will still be surrounded by intense development undermining its setting.