The New South Wales Government has set out its strategy to boost growth and liveability through a redesign of Greater Sydney as a ‘metropolis of three cities’:
- the Western City Parkland
- the Central River City
- the Eastern Harbour City
The Western Parkland City incorporates the existing centres of Liverpool, Greater Penrith and Campbelltown-Macarthur, with the new Airport and Aerotropolis at its centre.
It offers residents and workers liveability and natural beauty, with large areas of green space and the recreational opportunities of the Nepean River and Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area at its doorstep.
The economy of the Western Parkland City is powered by retail, hospitality and industrial activities including advanced manufacturing, tourism, freight and logistics, and anchored by thriving health and education precincts already established in Liverpool, Greater Penrith and Campbelltown-Macarthur.
Defence organisations and the defence industry already have a strong presence in the Western Parkland City. The region is:
- home to the Royal Australian Air Force Richmond and Glenbrook air bases
- a major driver of advanced manufacturing, with links to aerospace and defence industry organisations including Northrop Grumman, Thales, Safran Defence, Airbus Group, Hawker Pacific and Aviall.
The largest planning and investment partnership in Australia’s history
The Australian Prime Minister, New South Wales Premier and eight Western Sydney mayors have signed the Western Sydney City Deal, a 20-year agreement to deliver significant infrastructure, lifestyle and amenity investments, and employment opportunities for the Western Parkland City, in which the Aerotropolis is located.
The deal helps grow the Western Parkland City as a vibrant and thriving area – with improved connectivity, jobs for the future, and new skills and education opportunities.
The deal includes:
- delivering a new North South Rail Link to the existing Sydney rail network, including connections from the Aerotropolis to the new Airport and beyond
- supercharging the Aerotropolis and delivering industry precincts to create 200,000 new jobs across the Western Parkland City
- skilling residents in the region for this new opportunity by creating an Aerospace Institute – including a vocational training facility, high- performance secondary school, a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) university, and skills exchange
- more efficient planning outcomes through better coordination
- an enduring governance arrangement involving all levels of government and the private sector to deliver the Western Parkland City
- a A$150 million Liveability Program to enhance local amenity.
The City Deal is the single largest planning, investment and delivery partnership in the history of Australia, and it is now underway. It creates a once-in-a-generation opportunity for industry and governments to work together to develop the new Aerotropolis, which is specifically designed to support private-sector access to markets in Australia and overseas, and drive economic growth.
Western Parkland City
Western Parkland City within the broader Western Sydney region is experiencing unprecedented growth and public infrastructure investment. By 2036 over half of Sydney’s population will live west of Parramatta. A record A$20 billion of public funding has been committed to develop the new Western Sydney Airport, Aerotropolis and select industry precincts. The broader Western Parkland City area provides significant opportunities in health, freight and logistics, tourism, advanced manufacturing, and food.
The Western Sydney Airport, currently under construction, will provide unparalleled access to and from Sydney. Now is the time to join together as we create Australia’s newest 21st century city.
Commitment from the Australian, New South Wales State government and eight local councils through the Western Sydney City Deal will provide certainty for land use and infrastructure planning and deployment. The Western Parkland City will be one of Australia’s most connected cities with innovative public transport, aviation and digital infrastructure.
Western Parklands City facts
The Western Parkland City, a land area of 808,660 hectares, incorporates the existing centres of Liverpool, Penrith and Campbelltown, with the new Airport and Aerotropolis at its centre.
It offers residents and workers liveability and natural beauty, with large areas of green space and the recreational opportunities of the Nepean River and the Blue Mountains World Heritage National Park.
World class education and R&D
Western Parkland City is home to a number of globally recognised, highly ranked universities with well-established R&D facilities. Specialities include capability in food innovation, agricultural research, food as alternative medicine and complementary medicine. The city has an extensive network of Technical and Further Education colleges (TAFE) and STEM high schools.
Over 250,000 residents in Western Parklands City hold tertiary education qualifications, of these over 18,000 possess Post Graduate Degrees. Over 65,000 residents hold Bachelor Degrees.
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Economy, workforce and skills
Western Parkland City has a Gross Regional Product of A$54 billion (9.37% of the New South Wales State economy).
The population, of over one million people, is culturally diverse: around 30% of the region’s residents are from over 109 different countries of birth; and over 80 different languages spoken. The population is expected to grow by almost 500,000 people over the next 20 years, bringing with it a diverse range of 21st century skills.
Manufacturing is the largest industry with over 33,000 jobs contributing A$24.7 billion to the city’s output. Over 45,000 people are employed in HealthCare contributing A$5.9 billion to the city’s output.
The Western Parklands City boasts an agile and educated workforce with 116,000 high level professionals and managers; over 63,000 technical trades workers and more than 46,000 community and personal service workers.
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Local land-use planning
Planning for the early‑activation of the Aerotropolis and Western Sydney Airport is on track. Major infrastructure investments are in planning and a clear and simple regulatory environment is being established for the Aerotropolis.
Fundamental to this environment is a tri‑government approach to land-use planning – under the Western Sydney City Deal between the Australian, New South Wales and local governments – to provide certainty and clarity for investors. Early activation of the Aerotropolis will be focused on the precincts around the significant infrastructure investments already identified by the Australian and New South Wales governments, including Western Sydney Airport and stage 1 of the North South Rail Link.
The Aerotropolis Core will be a 24-hour, global centre for workers, residents and visitors coming to and from the Airport. A thriving after-hours economy will provide entertainment, arts and cultural experiences and accommodation options within one stop of the Airport. It will include 114 hectares of Commonwealth-owned land. It will include a commercial mixed use core, with approximately 80% of land used for employment uses, including an aerospace and defence industries sub-precinct and other associated business uses. Higher density residential areas will enhance the centre’s vitality.
The Northern Gateway Precinct will be in close proximity to the first stage of the North–South Rail Link which creates the possibility for a high technology centre, focused on tourism, health, education, research and development associated with food production and processing. The precinct will leverage its accessibility to the Airport, with links to food research and development associated with the approved Sydney Science Park development, surrounded by retail and commercial. The Precinct could also accommodate export related activities adjacent to the Airport to facilitate trade, such as cold storage, food processing and packaging, and agricultural warehousing and logistics.
The South Creek precinct is the central green spine of the Aerotropolis. It represents the central structural element to the Aerotropolis’ connected open space network and the broader Western Parkland City. It will provide an important interface to surrounding development, providing open space, amenity, biodiversity and wellbeing values. The South Creek precinct and its broader catchment represents an opportunity to change the way waterways are planned for and managed in greenfield areas. Planning for the Aerotropolis will embrace natural systems as valuable assets, rather than constraints.
The Western Sydney Airport Growth Area Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan Stage 1: Initial Precincts was released by the New South Wales Government in August 2018. This plan, and the subsequent State Environmental Planning Policy, will set out the approach to the identification and funding of infrastructure including value sharing.
Commercial development of the Airport will be planned and managed by WSA in parallel with the early activation precincts for the Aerotropolis.
Flexibility and adaptability will be built into the zoning process for the Aerotropolis precincts to allow diversity and innovation in industries and land uses. Precinct plans will be prepared to enable accelerated re‑zoning and to support the design and construction of the new rail line.
The Western City & Aerotropolis Authority will have a central role in developing the Aerotropolis, consistent with the Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan.
Freight networks are established
Freight and logistics connectivity will be enabled through dedicated space within the Aerotropolis, connected to key freight and logistics precincts throughout Greater Sydney.
For example, the Moorebank Intermodal Company is building its intermodal terminal situated between the existing Sydney Airport and the Aerotropolis.
The terminal will deliver facilities such as:
- an import-export terminal with a capacity to handle up to 1.05 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) per year of international containerised freight
- an interstate terminal with a capacity to handle up to 500,000 TEU of interstate and regional freight per year
- up to 850,000 square metres of high-specification warehousing, where containers can be unpacked before delivery of their contents to its final destination.
The New South Wales Government has identified a new Western Sydney Freight rail corridor. The corridor will:
- link to existing freight lines in Sydney
- ensure businesses operating in the Aerotropolis have access to a dedicated freight line and intermodal
- allow efficient rail transport of goods and services in and out of the Aerotropolis.
Digital connectivity plans are in place
Investors will have access to world-class digital connectivity through the rollout of four key initiatives:
- Western City Digital Action Plan
This plan will set out a vision for information and communications technology and digital connectivity in a 21stcentury city. It will be led by local governments in collaboration with the Australian and New South Wales governments, and industry partners.
- Smart Western City Program
This is a New South Wales Government initiative to enable state government agencies to embed interoperable smart and secure technology (e.g. transport and utility monitoring systems) into new infrastructure as it is rolled out in the city.
- 5G Strategy
The New South Wales and local governments will develop a 5G strategy for the Western Parkland City, which will include partnering with a telecommunications carrier to deliver a trial of 5G technology, with a view to rolling out the technology to metropolitan centres as it becomes available. The future rollout of 5G mobile technology will be a step-change for mobile wireless communications – unlocking new possibilities for the Western Parkland City, with far-reaching economic and social benefits.
- Western Parkland City Data Catalogue
New South Wales and local governments will make data publicly available in line with open-data principles. To facilitate this, the Australian Government will establish a Western Parkland City data catalogue on both data.gov.au and NationalMap, and support local governments to fully utilise the platform. Better access to local data has the potential to drive innovation and improve service delivery across the Western Parkland City.
One authority to immediately start developing the Aerotropolis
The Australian and New South Wales governments have established a Western City & Aerotropolis Authority to master plan and curate development within the Aerotropolis, with an initial focus on the Commonwealth lands at North Bringelly.
With a simplified and efficient approach, development of industry facilities will proceed at a faster rate. The authority will also improve planning, integration and connection to other services.
It has the capacity to work directly with industry partners to plan and design tailored facilities and developments to cater for industry needs. This includes providing enabling infrastructure and services to enhance connectivity, and efficient access to key enablers such as the new Airport and freight links.
A Western Parkland City Planning Partnership has been established with local councils to streamline planning processes.
Connecting investors with local partners and government
Western Sydney Investment Attraction Office
A joint government initiative, the Western Sydney Investment Attraction Office based in Liverpool coordinates the approach to attract new domestic and international investment and business into the Western Parkland City, across all three levels of government (Australian, New South Wales and local governments).
The office plays a critical role as a conduit for those looking to capitalise on the competitive advantages of the Western Parkland City.
It provides facilitated concierge services for investors and access to governments at decision-making levels. It will help investors more easily establish their presence and drive jobs growth in the Western Parkland City.
The office helps investors connect to partners in the Western Parkland City, including government agencies, planning officials, and industry groups to assist in identifying opportunities and realising investment potential across the Western Parkland City.