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What is the role of the Western Parkland City Authority?

The NSW Government established the Western Parkland City Authority (WPCA) to coordinate infrastructure, attract investment and deliver the Bradfield City Centre. The WPCA has been tasked with guiding growth and investment for the entire Parkland City, and the Draft Blueprint and the Draft Economic Development Roadmap are central to that work.

Economic Directions

This Draft Economic Development Roadmap reinforces and supports the Draft Blueprint’s vision and priorities. The Draft Roadmap will unlock economic and investment opportunities across the Parkland City and support the NSW Government’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Strategy. The Draft Roadmap identifies three economic opportunities:

  • Foster innovation and build global competitiveness by developing capabilities that are export-oriented or strategically important to the NSW economy, such as defence, agribusiness, and advanced manufacturing;
  • Leverage city strengths that deepen the range of specialised services, particularly health and education and provide infrastructure and amenities, such as parks, arts and cultural facilities, together with transport infrastructure and services to enhance liveability; and
  • Develop 22nd century workforce skills by providing industry relevant skills and employment pathways whilst attracting global talent in existing and emerging sectors.

Context

Country of the Dharug / Darug, Dharawal / Tharawal, Gundungurra / Gandangara and Darkinjung People. It includes the the local government areas of the Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly.

The Draft Western Parkland City Economic Roadmap - Phase 1 builds on several economic and related strategies of the NSW Government including the Greater Sydney Region Plan, Western City District Plan, NSW 2040 Economic Blueprint, Future Transport 2056, NSW Climate Change Policy Framework, State Infrastructure Strategy, and Global NSW together with the economic strategies of the Commonwealth and local governments.

In this regard the Draft Western Parkland City Economic Development Roadmap - Phase 1 has a critical interdependency with the Draft Blueprint. The Draft Blueprint sets out to shift the fundamentals by analysing the gaps in services and infrastructure, the pipeline of future projects slated for investigation, and the opportunities for new and augmented government action needed to deliver the vision.

Western Parkland City Blueprint: Shifting the Fundamentals

  1. Build for the long term: by bringing forward decisions to avoid costly retrofitting. This will shift all levels of government from incremental planning on a project-by-project basis to establishing and coordinating delivery for long-term investment needs and options.
  2. Unlock the economic potential of the Parkland City: by shifting to a jobs-led approach to growth and making economic and talent attraction a key component of delivery decisions.
  3. Align and increase investment in infrastructure: by identifying the infrastructure investment envelope so Government can plan ahead for the medium- to long-term. This will enable the Western Parkland City to not just ‘catch-up’ but leap ahead as a city ready for the 22nd century.
  4. Make community central to planning and delivery by engaging upfront and on an ongoing basis with existing communities as the Parkland City grows and changes to drive equity, liveability and amenity for residents, workers and visitors.
  5. Recognise the Parkland City as a green connected and advanced city in its own right: by shifting from a peripheral expansion of Greater Sydney to a Parkland City that driven by innovation, sustainability and a world-renowned city in a parkland.

Economic Snapshot

Activity

  • A projected population growth rate of 2.4 per cent per year, bringing the population up to 1.7 million people by 2036. This represents 25 per cent of NSW’s population growth over the period;
  • Over half of Greater Sydney’s industrial lands are located within the Parkland City, of which over 50 per cent is greenfield land available for development;
  • Significant industry sectors include manufacturing and advanced manufacturing, health and education, construction, tourism, and agriculture; and
  • The most highly competitive location for investment for the freight and logistics sector in Greater Sydney.

Major Government Investment

  • $5.3 billion Western Sydney International Airport;
  • $4.4 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan providing better road linkages;
  • $11 billion Sydney Metro –Western Sydney Airport;
  • $1.1 billion investment to catalyse the Bradfield City Centre as an initial precinct in the Aerotropolis; and
  • $5 billion WestInvest fund to drive local economic outcomes focusing on creating jobs and rejuvenating local communities, boosting productivity, and improving and enhancing town centres.