Lalor Park is changing and it’s not in the way you think
When you hear the word Lalor Park what comes to mind;
- Is it housing commission?
- Or is it crime and burnt out cars?
Well I’m about to let you know about what is really happening within Lalor Park and it is changing for the better through the sweat, blood and tears of everyday community volunteers.
Lalor Park’s Bad stigma is slowly fading
The stigma behind Lalor Park starts with it being a suburb of Western Sydney, and with it previously having a large amount of housing commission homes. Now for some people, that is enough to write off this little suburb, but that those that live there is an Aussie spirit of mateship I haven’t seen for a while.
I have spent years walking the streets of Lalor Park and talking to homeowners. What I love about them is how upfront and fair dinkum they are. When was the last time you spoke to someone that was from Lalor Park.
If you had spoken to someone recently you would notice an optimism for the suburb. Don’t forget Lalor Park borders with Kings Langley which was voted the fifth best suburb in Sydney (Greater). It also runs alongside Seven Hills, which is one of the suburbs that has had the most home value price growth in Sydney for 2014. Blacktown its self has gone through a massive transformation, and in Smart Property Investment’s Fast 50 report, three experts picked Blacktown as a suburb to watch for capital growth.
Now with regular community activities such as Picnic in the park, Movies in Chifley Park, regular gardening meetups and even their own Anzac dawn service, this is truly a community that has united.
A seed of hope has been planted in Lalor Park
When was the last time you have been to Lalor Park shops? Has it been a year or two?
well it used to have a car park full of potholes, graffiti, and no one wanted to hang around but to get their necessities and leave asap!
Now the entire atmosphere has changed for the better. A small little seed has been planted, call the Common Groundz Community Cafe. This cafe has opened communication with the community and has started a movement of looking after one another. From this cafe other projects have started to germinate and now people feel safe, secure, and included.
ARTIST Danielle Rawnsley-Galistan said to me “Originally nobody wanted to come to the shops, but now with the cafe, gardens, and murals young and old come here to enjoy themselves”.
Danielle has been painting murals all round the shops and the community centre where the skate park is. Graffiti has been dramatically reduced thanks to her efforts and some people come to the area just to see the murals.
A new face of Lalor Park is being painted
Now Danielle has started one of her biggest murals yet. It will be of famous faces that have changed the world for the better. This will not just be like any mural she has done before as this one will be coming with a documentary of How Lalor Park is changing.
Re-gentrification has already started
Re-gentrification is happening right now, before our very eyes and is being pushed along quicker than normal by the community.
Housing commission properties are being sold to owner occupiers. Affordability for young couples and first home buyers is being pushed out to Sydney’s west at an alarming rate.
Blacktown Council’s draft Local Environmental Plan has zoned Seven Hills as an ‘‘Urban Renewal Precincts’’. Not to mention the infrastructure being built in Blacktown itself!
All these factors point to property growth as desire to live in this suburb rises, and home buyers start to see the positive changes for themselves.
Lalor Park is in the middle of all of this growth with its hilly quiet tree-lined streets and Aussie spirit is surely a diamond in the rough..
About Jhai Mitchell
Jhai is an award winning Internet Marketing Real Estate Agent for Elders Toongabbie and Kings Langley. After running his own internet marketing business he has now set his own sites for the real estate industry. He observed that 90% of real estate agents did not know how to market themselves online. Jhai is now fixed on one goal. To teach real estate agents that they can market online so much better than they currently are.
Since then he has been consistently quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald and Real Estate Business online. He is a regular guest blogger on TheHomePage.com.au, sharing his expertise of marketing aspects for the Real Estate Industry. His biggest passions are his wife, martial arts, dogs and most of all property.