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A Deep Dive into the Western Sydney Deal

clock icon Published Wednesday, April 10, 2019 / By Gary Montgomery

In March 2018, the Australian and NSW Governments, along with a group of local governments, signed the Western Sydney City Deal. This massive initiative is now underway, and is due to maximise the city’s potential through strategic planning and investments. Major economic stimulus is expected, including a surge of new jobs.


In March 2018, the Australian and NSW Governments, along with a group of local governments, signed the Western Sydney City Deal. This massive initiative is now underway, and is due to maximise the city’s potential through strategic planning and investments. Major economic stimulus is expected, including a surge of new jobs.

What is the Western Sydney City Deal?

This new deal is considered a “Smart Cities Initiative”, rolled out by the government to upgrade Western Sydney’s amenities and economy. The aim is to transform Sydney’s western region into a fully-connected hub with a first class standard of living.

Being named as the “Western Parkland City”, this new development will provide citizens with ample opportunities for living, work, education, commerce, and leisure. The initiatives are planned to last until 2038. Over the next 20 years, the city’s community will be able to monitor progress via the Greater Sydney Commission’s Data Hub.

Specific Plans: 4 Key Areas of Growth

1. Connectivity

A variety of connectivity improvements are being made in an effort to make the Western Parkland a “30-minute city”. This means that residents will be able to reach work, living, and leisure destinations all within 30 minutes.

Multiple projects are planned to maximise the city’s accessibility. A North-South Rail Link is being built, and rapid bus services are poised to connect Liverpool, Penrith, and Campbelltown with the new Aerotropolis. Additionally, 5G network and smart digital tech is being explored to enhance community connectivity and business opportunities.

2. Future Jobs

As many as 200,000 new jobs in a variety of sectors are expected to sprout up as a result of the deal. Many of these are expected to be high-skill, intellectually-demanding roles. The largest job-creators in the area will include the new Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis, the Western Sydney Investment Attraction Office, and the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.

Many construction and engineering jobs will open to meet the needs of the large building and infrastructure projects. New businesses, organisations, and services that move in after the development will also have high demand for workers.

3. Skills and Education

The local workforce will benefit greatly from a wealth of education and skill-building opportunities. An Aerospace Institute, new university, and a STEM-focused secondary school will all become part of the region’s educational landscape, providing many venues for creating new skilled talent and cultivating the abilities of the area’s existing professionals.

4. Livability and Housing

Part of building a thriving economy in the Western Parkland City includes developing attractive residential areas that offer a full scope of amenities. The government has prepared a $150 million livability program and a $30 million housing package to invest in this effort. Strategic planning will preserve the natural beauty of the area, optimise green features, and broaden housing options for all.

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