The NSW Government has released a new set of critical infrastructure priorities to help create jobs and economic opportunities in the Western Parkland City.
The Draft Western Parkland City Blueprint and the Draft Economic Development Roadmap – Phase 1 sets out a plan to leverage the skills and industrial strengths of the Western Parkland City and support the creation of 200,000 jobs over the next 20 years.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney and Minister for Trade and Industry Stuart Ayres said the new documents formed a vision for how people will live and work in the future city.
“We are fundamentally shifting how we think about the Western Parkland City, building for the long term and aligning our investment with the significant forecast growth and potential,” Mr Ayres said.
“We have committed $5 billion to the WestInvest Fund and together with the Commonwealth we are investing $20 billion in job-creating infrastructure, like the Western Sydney International Airport, the new north-south Sydney Metro line and more than $1 billion to develop the Bradfield City Centre.
“This is a down payment on the future of the Western Parkland City. By 2036 the Western Parkland City will account for more than a quarter of NSW’s population growth. It puts jobs at the centre of that growth.”
The Draft Blueprint details extending rail from Leppington to the new advanced industry hubs in the Bradfield City Centre, as well as rapid bus connections between the Aerotropolis and the Greater Macarthur region, Liverpool and Penrith as key to linking communities to the high-paying jobs of the future.
It also identifies the need for ongoing investment in liveability, including new regional parks in the Thompsons Creek and South Creek corridor and addressing the impacts of climate change.
“The Western Parkland City is often one of the hottest places on the planet during summer,” said Minister Ayres.
“The Draft Blueprint prioritises projects that will increase the tree canopy and cool our urban areas, as well as making the Bradfield City Centre Australia’s first hydrogen and electric vehicle-ready, zero-carbon city.
“Improving liveability not only has a positive impact on the environment but it helps attract world-class businesses and talent. We want jobs-led growth in the Western Parkland City, nurturing the advanced industries that will deliver more and higher paid jobs for generations to come.”