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Western City District Plan

Productivity

A well-connected city

Planning Priority W7
Establishing the land use and transport structure to deliver a liveable, productive and sustainable Western Parkland City

The vision for Greater Sydney as a metropolis of three cities – the Western Parkland City, the Central River City and the Eastern Harbour City – seeks to deliver a more productive region. This will be achieved by driving opportunities for investment, business and jobs growth; supporting economic diversity; supporting internationally competitive industry sectors; and rebalancing the region’s eastern economic focus so that all three cities benefit from growth.

The urban structure to support a metropolis of three cities needs to ensure people have access to a large number and range of jobs and services delivering a well connected city – a 30-minute city.

A well-connected Greater Sydney will contribute to productivity by improving efficiency in supply chains and reducing business costs; increasing access to markets; enhancing access to large numbers of skilled workers; and enhancing business-to-business interactions.

Metropolitan and strategic centres provide 50 per cent of all Greater Sydney’s jobs and therefore play a significant role in providing jobs close to home. When larger local centres are considered, this increases to 68 per cent. Facilitating the growth of new metropolitan, strategic and local centres will be an important outcome in growing jobs.

The Western City District forms the majority of the Western Parkland City and its economy is powered by health and education industries and retail, hospitality and industrial activities including advanced manufacturing, trade and logistics, tourism and mineral resources. The District is anchored by three health and education precincts at Liverpool, Greater Penrith and CampbelltownMacarthur as well as four Western Sydney University campuses and the new University of Wollongong campus in Liverpool (refer to figures 15 and 16).

There is a strong university presence connected to the hospitals within each health and education precinct, with the University of NSW and Western Sydney University at Liverpool Hospital, University of Sydney at Nepean Hospital and Western Sydney University at Campbelltown Hospital.

Strategically located at the interface of the Western Parkland City and Central River City is Blacktown Local Government Area. Blacktown has a diverse array of economic activities and assets and is a significant contributor to the economic outcomes of both cities through its substantial industrial precincts. These support a range of activities such as advanced manufacturing, health and education activities and diverse visitation activities.

Figure 15: Western City District job distribution by type of location

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics Census 2011

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Figure 16: Western City District job density
A map showing the Western City District job density.

Source: Greater Sydney Commission 2016, Productivity Profile.

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The vision for the Western Parkland City is a first in the history of planning for Greater Sydney. It is a vision that focuses west, with the development of the Western Sydney Airport and Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis as its catalyst. City-shaping transport infrastructure, new industry agglomerations and collaboration with all tiers of government through Western Sydney City Deal will support this vision.

The Western Sydney Airport and Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis will support tens of thousands of jobs. The Western Sydney City Deal will drive the creation of new jobs, economic activities and knowledgeintensive industries to diversify the economy and attract a skilled workforce.

The District will build on its economic strengths in advanced manufacturing, aerospace and defence industries, agricultural processing and export, construction and infrastructure, transport and warehousing, visitor economy and education and training to create a new Western Economic Corridor.

Integrated transport and land use planning will be key in planning for the Western Parkland City and the Western Economic Corridor. Critical transport planning elements will enhance the efficiency and competitiveness of the freight sector, and enhance inter-regional transport connections and their integration with land use planning. Major transit connections, such as the first stage of a North South Rail Link and potential extensions to the north and south, Outer Sydney Orbital, Bells Line of RoadCastlereagh Connection and Western Sydney Freight Line, have the potential to create the structure for a more compact and connected Western Parkland City.

Western Sydney City Deal

The Australian and NSW Governments have come together with local governments and agreed a set of commitments that will unlock opportunities in education, business and employment of the Western Parkland City and its people.

The Australian and NSW Governments both have plans for managing growth and delivering infrastructure in our cities. The Western Sydney City Deal delivers on Smart Cities Plan and the Western City District Plan. The Australian Government’s Smart Cities Plan is based on three pillars: Smart Investment, Smart Policy and Smart Technology.

The Western Sydney City Deal includes six commitments: connectivity, jobs for the future, skills and education, liveability and environment, planning and housing and implementation and governance.

The Western Sydney City Deal is about:

  • realising the 30-minute city by delivering the North South Rail Link
  • creating 200,000 jobs by supercharging the aerotropolis and agribusiness precinct as catalysts
  • skilling residents in the region and initiating an Aerospace Institute
  • respecting and building on local character through a $150 million Liveability Program
  • coordinating and innovating through a Planning Partnership
  • delivering for the Western Parkland City with enduring tri-level government.

As the Western Sydney Airport and Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis take shape over the next 20 years, Liverpool, Greater Penrith and CampbelltownMacarthur will continue to support airport and employment activities, and service the needs of the Western Parkland City. Providing a framework to grow investment and business activity in centres is essential, along with planning, managing and retaining industrial and urban services land.

For the Western City District, improving productivity can be achieved by the following Planning Priorities:

W7.  Establishing the land use and transport structure to deliver a liveable, productive and sustainable Western Parkland City

W8.  Leveraging industry opportunities from the Western Sydney Airport and Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis

W9.  Growing and strengthening the metropolitan cluster

W10.  Maximising freight and logistics opportunities and planning and managing industrial and urban services land

W11.  Growing investment, business opportunities and jobs in strategic centres.

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