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Tomorrow’s City Today

Opportunities in the Bradfield City Centre and Western Parkland City

This event was held on Friday 8th October

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Event details

As momentum builds in the Western Parkland City and the Bradfield City Centre starts to take shape, the Western Parkland City Authority (WPCA) is excited to invite you to Tomorrow’s City Today – Opportunities in the Bradfield City Centre and Western Parkland City

Held Friday 8th October from 9:30am to 2:30pm, this will be an online briefing for industry to learn more about future tender, investment and partnership opportunities.

You will hear from government and industry leaders as they discuss the Bradfield City Centre, Western Sydney Aerotropolis, and Western Parkland City including:

  • The Hon. Stuart Ayres, MP, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney
  • Dr Jennifer Westacott AO, Chair Western Parkland City Authority
  • Dr Sarah Hill, CEO Western Parkland City Authority
  • Simon Hickey, CEO Western Sydney Airport
  • Angela Jeffery, Project Director, Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport

There will be four self-contained sessions throughout the day. You can register to attend all of the sessions, or just the sessions you are interested in.

Introduction from The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney

  • Welcome - Dr Sarah Hill, Chief Executive Officer, Western Parkland City Authority
  • Acknowledgement of Country
  • Introduction - The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney
  • Introduction - Clr George Brticevic, Chair, Western Parkland Councils

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Sarah Hill:

Welcome everybody to Tomorrow's City Today. I'm Sarah Hill, CEO of the Western Parkland City Authority and it's my great pleasure to welcome you to today's event.

The Western Parkland City Authority is a New South Wales government agency, charged with driving economic outcomes and investment opportunities across the whole Western Parkland City and today I'm delighted to be bringing this event to you, launching four pathways for you to engage with us and work with us to drive investment and economic outcomes.

We're so pleased to have more than 1,000 people joining us today from a range of businesses across not only the Western Parkland City, but internationally. Indeed we have over 170 businesses from Western Sydney, more than 20 business chambers of commerce, six universities and 58 international businesses. I'd also like to acknowledge some very important guests that we have joining us today, the Honourable Stuart Ayres MP. Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney and Minister for Trade and Industry, who you'll be hearing from shortly. The Honourable Shane Mallard MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and the Aerotropolis. Mr Peter Sidgreaves MP, Member for Camden. Councillor George Brticevic Mayor of Campbelltown City Council and Chair of the Western Parkland City Council. Councillor Wendy Waller Mayor of Liverpool City Council. And Jennifer Westacott Chair of the Western Parkland City Authority, together with all of our board members. Thank you so much to for the members of consul general's offices who have joined us today representing Austria, Bangladesh, the Czech Republic, El Salvador, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, the USA, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Before we begin proceedings though, I'd like to cover off on some housekeeping. Today's event is brought to you by the Public Service Network, today's sessions will be recorded and made available online and after the event. I'd like to direct your attention to to the resources link on your console. We've included today's agenda and a series of additional reading material for you to access. All the windows on your console are movable and resizable so you can set up and alter your viewing experience. We would love to hear from you throughout the event and there's a series of Q&A and interactive polls for you to engage with us. So if you have any questions about speakers today please pass them on or our panelists I should say please pass them on during the live discussions and if we don't get straight back to you we'll make sure we do as soon as we can after the event.

A little later in this first session we'll be sharing with you our Invitation to Partner which highlights our forward indicative timeline of investment opportunities in the Bradfield City Centre, we'll also be sharing with you later today the New Education and Training Model where you're going to hear some great industry perspectives on micro-credentials and we'll have a Registration of Interest and a Request for Tender on how to build these transformative short courses across the whole Western Parkland City. These courses are going to play a huge role in the engine room of New South Wales. During the Agribusiness, Freight and Logistics session we'll be showing you some innovative new research that demonstrates how freight and logistics export and and businesses operators can maximize the benefits from landslide integrated logistics hub connection to the Western Sydney Airport and their cargo precinct tenants and customers.

We'll also be launching a Request for Information process to help identify future opportunities. In the Major Projects Update you'll hear from the latest on the Western Sydney International Airport, Sydney Metro and the work that they are doing on the Western Sydney Airport line and we'll be announcing a Market Sounding Process for development opportunities in Bradfield City Centre.

So this is the Western Parkland City, an area of more than eight hundred thousand hectares made up of eight local government areas, anchored by the expanding the metropolitan clusters of Penrith, Campbelltown and Liverpool. You'll see at the heart of the Western Parkland City is the Western Sydney Aerotropolis and Bradfield City Centre adjacent to the Western Sydney International Airport.

The Bradfield City Centre is one of the most visionary projects in Australia's history and it will become a globally significant hub for advanced and emerging industries, with a strong focus on space, defence and aviation. But we're also building on a proud and strong tradition in the Western Parkland City in manufacturing and construction, so while this city building endeavour is transformative there is a continuity in this economically significant engine room for New South Wales.

But there is no deeper and more important connection to the Western Parkland City than our First Nations people. The Western Parkland City is home to the greatest number of Aboriginal people in any region of Australia. When planning for the future of the region, we are committed to learning from Aboriginal people and cultural practices to create a truly unique and vibrant place for all. We are working closely with the Deerubbin, the Gandangara and the Tharawal Local Aboriginal Local Councils and I would like to acknowledge our partners in the audience and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders joining us today. This image was taken on the Bradfield City Center site and was part of the early collaboration with our Master Plan Design and Technical Team to ensure a Connection with Country at Bradfield City Centre. Uncle Tony Scholes is from the Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council and has kindly agreed to join us today to provide Acknowledgement of Country, welcome Uncle Tony. 

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Uncle Tony Scholes:

Well good morning, ‘yaama’ or ‘ginagay’ it's our welcome, our culture.

We're an Aboriginal and proud Aboriginal people here in Australia and we do our welcomes and our acknowledgements in relation to our traditional customs. I don't come from the Country of Darug, my Country is called Dunghutti and the Yuin Country, but I can do an acknowledgement that will be sufficient for inviting people to our Country.

So good morning and welcome to Tomorrow's City Today, a gathering regarding the design of Bradfield City Centre in Greater Sydney.

Firstly before start I'd like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the Honourable Stuart Ayres, Councillor and Mayor of Campbelltown, George Brticevic and I'd also like to acknowledge Mayor of Liverpool City Council Wendy Waller and any other dignitaries and special guests attending today. I would like to begin by acknowledging the families of the Cabrogal clan as the traditional custodians of the land we are on as we gather here on this important occasion and I pay my respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

I'd also like to acknowledge our CEO Melissa Williams who is overseeing a growing Local Aboriginal Land Council that offers social services to the Aboriginal and wider communities of south-western Sydney. Through Melissa's leadership we are forming new and innovative partnerships to collectively work together to advance our First Peoples.

I finally wish to acknowledge our First Peoples who are with us today. And there are many other ways you can connect with Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council and take an active part in our journey. Feel free to reach out to us and discover how you can partner with Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council in your future initiatives.

Right now I'd like to take a minutes silence if we could. Just to acknowledge our traditional custodians and those who have gone before us. so if we can just take one minute silence that'll be good thank you. Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen and I hope you enjoy your experience.

Thank you, Sarah back to you.

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Stuart Ayres

I'd like to welcome Minister Ayres and hand over to you. Thanks Sarah it's fantastic to be here with so many people over 1,000 on the call and can I please start by acknowledging Uncle Tony for his very warm Welcome to Country.

I thought Sarah that with so many nations represented on this call and with Tony's incredibly warm Welcome to Country and the recognition of how important Aboriginal Australians are to the Western Parkland City, there's some really beautiful symmetry there that this has actually been a multi-national or multi-national multicultural community for thousands and thousands of years and so we're actually continuing a tradition of bringing people from different countries and different cultures together to grow and to prosper.

And so as we start to today's forum Tomorrow's City Today I think looking back and seeing what has gone on this land before there are a lot of things that we can learn from that so that we can build a really solid foundation and grow and prosper into the future.

And also Sarah I think it's really important to recognize that the economic opportunities that come from the growth of the Western Parkland City and the Bradfield City Centre can be shared with Aboriginal people - in fact we want Aboriginal people to be one of the largest economic beneficiaries of what we're able to do in this community. After all they are the original custodians of the land and they more than anyone deserve its economic prosperity.

It's a really exciting time to be in Western Sydney there is absolutely no doubt about that. Here in New South Wales we've battled like the rest of the globe has the insidious impacts of the coronavirus the COVID 19 pandemic. But I love the fact that we're meeting on the day after we have reached 70 per cent fully vaccinated in this state and we're moving very rapidly to 80 per cent and towards 90 per cent. It's been an extraordinary effort on behalf of the population of New South Wales as well as our New South Wales Health Service. And when backed up with the supply of vaccine New South Wales has set an absolute world record pace - we've got more people vaccinated faster than just about anywhere else in the globe and I think a big driving force around that is because this community is fundamentally a globally-connected community, it wants to engage with the globe it wants the globe to engage with Western Sydney.

And so we are meeting today at a time where we should be focused on the future where we should be focused on economic opportunity where we should be focused on making sure that we take full advantage of the reflection that we've all gone through during the course of this pandemic. There's no doubt that we have learnt lots of lessons we've learned a lot about resilience, we've learned a lot about the weaknesses in our economy, and we need to take full advantage of those lessons and prepare ourselves for a much stronger future. There's no doubt in my mind that the Western Parkland City what we're doing at the Aerotropolis and in the Bradfield City Centre will really leverage on those concepts, will build on those concepts, particularly around resilience and creating greater opportunities for future generations.

Through the course of today's forum you're going to hear from a number of people, so many quality people in my team at the Western Parkland City Authority.

You've already heard from Dr Sarah Hill who is the organization's leader, you'll hear from many of the people in that team who are leading the particular parts of today's forum and what they do on a daily basis.

You'll also hear after me from one of the most accomplished Australians we have, Jennifer Westacott AO, not only is she the Head of the Business Council of Australia, she's also the Chair of the Western Parkland City Authority and her enthusiasm for making sure Western Sydney doesn't just shape New South Wales but indeed shapes the nation is something that I am incredibly proud to have it our team and i'm really enthusiastic about working with Jennifer on making sure we deliver on that vision.

A couple of other people that you'll hear from, not from the New South Wales government today, I wanted to call out a couple of them particularly in Aniss Chami from Vitex Pharmaceuticals - a wonderful example of a business that has grown and prospered in Western Sydney already but is already thinking about what happens in a post-pandemic world and how the growth and prosperity of Western Sydney can help drive that business and there are plenty of lessons to be learned out of Aniss' journey already and I'm really looking forward to hearing what Aniss has to say and I've got no doubt that people will benefit from a lot of his experience as well.

And I also wanted to call out Simon Hickey the CEO of the Western Sydney Airport. This has been a catalytic investment from the Commonwealth Government to really shape and drive our thinking around Western Sydney. When the decision was taken to build an airport in Western Sydney I was fundamentally committed to the idea of making sure this was Western Sydney's first airport not just Sydney's second airport. We needed to make sure that the airport was connected to Western Sydney and it allowed Western Sydney to be collected connected to the world. So, so much of that investment in the airport has driven the next round of investment and vision and strategic thinking across the Western Parkland City.

And you'll hear through today's forum how we're taking that to a new level, where you'll hear about our new education training model the NETM this is about making sure that the skills are available in Western Sydney to allow businesses to grow here both domestically and internationally. You'll hear about the emerging opportunities in agribusiness and how we're using land-use planning and infrastructure and logistics connections to really allow Western Sydney to become an agri-business powerhouse - taking paddock to play in the shortest possible time available. We know Western Sydney already has an exceptionally strong tradition in freight and logistics, but when you're connecting to the world with a new airport when you've got billions of dollars of new road and rail infrastructure, we're going to make Western Sydney a freight and logistics superpower.

And on top of that you'll also hear from many other people from the New South Wales Government particularly about our major projects like the Sydney metro rail line. So there's no doubt there's lots going on in this part of the world over 20 billion dollars’ worth of investment it's unlike anything else anywhere in the world and at its heart is governments working closely together and working closely with industry and with local citizens.

We're getting land use planning aligned, we're working closely with local councils particularly through the City Deal, which is probably the foundation stone of the entire Western Parkland City concept and so I also want to recognise who's going to speak just after me, George Brticevic, the Mayor of Campbelltown and he's also the Chair of the Parkland City Councils. I think the reason I'm so enthusiastic and happy about George being on this call, is George and I come from different political parties I'm from the blue team George is from the red team, but all the way through this George and I have shared the same vision for our community the same objective of making sure residents of Western Sydney get the economic prosperity that they deserve. And George is such a strong champion of putting people before politics and we'd be able to come this far because of people like George Brticevic and his leadership to make sure that we're all engaged, we're all connected, and we're all pushing in the same direction. So it doesn't matter what political colours you have, what tier of government you're from, what industry you're in or what country you come from, this is a united team effort that's coordinated by the Western Parkland City Authority.

Now there's no doubt that it's pretty dynamic in Western Sydney at the moment if you drove down the Northern Road you would see billions of dollars of road infrastructure, you would see billions of dollars of airport being constructed one of the largest civil earth-moving projects in Australia's history. You would also see the early works and the geotechnical analysis for a new Metro rail line, so that the population across Western Sydney can not only be connected to the airport, but also can be connected across that strong north-south corridor.

A hundred years ago a guy called J.J Bradfield started to design the electrified rail network for Sydney. Some politicians back then called him the most visionary Australian we've ever had - in many respects today we're continuing on his idea of being forward looking. And a hundred years ago he was contemplating the construction of a bridge that connected the eastern half of our city over a north-south divide. Today we're building a new rail line without a bridge and a harbour but to connect the populations across the Western Parkland City. I love the symmetry of the things he did 100 years ago and the consistency of approach that we're applying today. Whilst the technology might be different, the people may be a little bit different, we're much more diverse than we've ever been, those fundamental principles about agglomeration, economic opportunity, investing in infrastructure and the outward looking and globally connected have not changed since the day J.J. Bradfield was shaping the Sydney as we know it. These are the things that we get to build upon - today's forum is about introducing you to the progress that we've made about introducing you to the next steps and where you can be more involved.

We know as a government the direction that Western Sydney takes will be the direction that New South Wales takes, and the direction that New South Wales takes, is the direction Australia will go. We know how important it is to continue to diversify our economy, to allow New South Wales to be a state that goes back to building things. It's got a strong track record of manufacturing, in fact Western Sydney is a manufacturing heartland already but as we see small and medium businesses move in the space of technology change the way they operate we need to make sure Western Sydney stays a manufacturing heartland by becoming an advanced manufacturing powerhouse. To do that we've got to bring industry, research, technology all together in one place and that's exactly what we're doing at the Bradfield City Centre. These are all about creating more opportunities for your businesses and your nations to invest in Western Sydney and have a shared prosperity. This shared prosperity allows you to bring your expertise and partner with our newly educated or micro-credentially trained local residents to ensure businesses that you invest in can keep growing.

Since 2018 we've been working with our foundation partners to make sure that we've embedded the concept of investment attraction and embedded the concept of business growth into the fabric of the Parkland City Authority. We've never just wanted to be a planning agency, we've never just wanted to be a development authority, we wanted to be something that could work across all of the diversity of Western Sydney and really be strongly focused on investment attraction, an unwavering commitment to skilling our local citizens and a clear commitment and focus about making sure we're engaged across the globe. The New South Wales government has continued to drive substantially when it comes to infrastructure investments.

I've touched on already the over 20 billion dollars of infrastructure that's happening in the Western Parkland City now that's focused around connecting the Aerotropolis, Bradfield City Centre and the (Nancy-Bird Walton) Western Sydney Airport, to our wonderful Sydney city. It's something that I've never seen before in public office and it's something that is not found anywhere else across the OECD. This level of commitment across multiple governments backed up with budget is really going to shake the direction this entire nation goes. So, so much of today's forum is about making sure you understand the direction we're taking and where those opportunities for your businesses can come. I really hope through the course of the day that you get to learn more about the infrastructure agenda that the New South Wales government and the Commonwealth government are delivering on, the time frames around how those projects are proceeding, and how you might be able to participate in those.

You'll also have the opportunity to hear about the wonderful development of our agribusiness precinct. This agribusiness precinct is taking full advantage of the infrastructure and freight logistics connections that are emerging in Western Sydney. Over decades past Western Sydney was full of market farms it fed Sydney from those market farms. Now Western Sydney has the opportunity to be that agri-business gateway to the world - connecting regional New South Wales to a truly internationally connected airport with short supply chain opportunities particularly around freight and cold storage so you can move produce from regional New South Wales or even right next door to the airport to a plate in North Asia or Europe or the Americas in under 36 hours. It's an extraordinary opportunity and one we should all look to buy into.

It's also a wonderful opportunity for you to hear more about what's happening in the Bradfield City. This Bradfield City Centre is the core of our Aerotropolis. It's Sydney's new city. If you think about Sydney, Parramatta and Bradfield they stand as three anchor points across the three significantly strong areas of the broader metropolitan Sydney location. It's forward thinking and it's absolutely focused on new and emerging technologies. It's also fantastic for me to announce today that Hassell the design company that's helped us deliver the new International Convention Centre in Sydney or the Optus Stadium in Perth, has been selected to design our new advanced manufacturing centre at the heart of the Bradfield City. We're doing the land use planning and now we're designing buildings. Only a few short years ago there was lots of discussion about whether we'd actually build an airport in Western Sydney look how far we have come now. We've come from that discussion to actually awarding design contracts for the first building in the Western Parkland City core - the Bradfield City Centre.

So much progress has been made in such a short period of time. That progress has been made because the New South Wales government along with its council partners and the Federal Government have a really clear vision for what we're delivering in this part of the world. That vision has been backed up by clear leadership and clear decision making. That means funding has followed those decisions.

On top of that we've undertaken one of the largest land use planning exercises in the history of Australia across eleven and a half thousand hectares surrounding the airport. It's a very substantial exercise to engage with that many landowners to talk about their future on such a large scale. So we're making sure that we meet those challenges and we bring the community with us. This is all about shared prosperity the more successful Western Sydney is, the more successful our entire state will be.

So I want to thank you all for joining us today I hope you get lots out of the sessions that you have been involved in. I said at the start it's an exciting and dynamic time in Western Sydney which means that it's an exciting and dynamic time right across the nation. Wherever you are in the world today, wherever you are in New South Wales, whatever institution or industry that you're engaged on I have absolutely no doubt no doubt in my mind there is an opportunity for you in the Western Parkland City. Thank you so much for joining us please enjoy the day and I will hand over to George.

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George Brticevic

Thank you Sarah and thank you Uncle Tony for the Acknowledgment of Country.

It's very important to us and also to Minister Ayres thank you for the very kind words - it has been a tri-partisan effort with I'm very proud to be the chair of the eight Western Parkland City Councils but also working with yourself and Minister Fletcher from the Federal Government to get the best outcome from this Aerotropolis and also for the Western Parkland City because not just the western section of the Greater Sydney but as a dynamic city in its own right integrating the new airport with the city centres of Liverpool, Penrith and Campbelltown and the commercial centres of Saint Marys, Katoomba, Richmond, Windsor, Fairfield, Leppington and Narellan and the Western Parkland City will be a place for people to access jobs, diverse and affordable housing and easy access to plenty of open space where people can walk and also a lively arts and cultural scene.

Above all we're the green city - we've got plenty of waterways, scenic landscapes - which have been protected we're increasing the tree canopy and also preserving diversity jobs won't be only concentrated in one CBD but will be shared across the four metropolitan hubs and the existing commercial centers right across the Western Parkland City forming a highly sustainable network that can be reinforced over time. A mosaic of new and strengthened centres planning the Western Parkland City as a constantly evolving mosaic will also allow the region to adapt to change both environmental and urban.

As Minister Ayres said once upon a time, there's plenty of market garden, so now there's a lot of housing and development, so we have to make that balance between the parkland and urban and also the airport a seamless experience.

We want to be the one of the best connected places in Australia with excellent public transport, we we're a part of the new airport cutting edge digital infrastructure which will bring residents closer to their jobs as you can see today - we're all online - but also services education and help us to realize the goal of being a 30-minute city and we do that through a connected city. To achieve this vision the eight councils that make up the Western Parkland Councils operate as a cohesive and contemporary alliance in which openness and a collaborative approach is paramount, as you can see by today. I'd like to acknowledge Liverpool Council Mayor Wendy Waller as well had been online. By acting as a cohort the Western Parkland Council have been playing a pivotal role in bringing together the tapestry of the Western Parkland City which as already mentioned is very diverse and is very culturally rich.

We are generally committed to working together jointly signing a relationship framework which has underpinned our commitment to the Western Sydney City Deal, have worked through many challenges and progressed a great number of projects collectively over the past three years.

We've consolidated effective relationships with both State and Federal Governments and are working proactively on an ongoing basis to identify and implement new ways to work together and again as mentioned by Minster Ayres we do come from different colours but we're all here for one thing and that's to make the Western Sydney Airport successful also the Western Parkland to be the best place to live. We reaffirm firmly committing in delivering a modern world's best practice city that harnesses the skill capabilities of our residents which are many and the many skilled workers and professionals here, and believe that by putting people at the heart of the planning the Western Parkland City it will continue to thrive as you've seen.

The collaborative approach to building a Western Parkland City will more effectively realize the shared vision for Western Sydney delivered at a local, state and federal levels by co-ordinating a focus and investment across transport, health and education, we are set to propel the transformation of the Western Parkland City into a highly connected, world-class economic powerhouse characterized by easy access to open space and lifestyle and opportunities for all our residents to enjoy. we will continue to persevere until the Western Parkland City is as an attractive alternative to these there's a place to live work and invest and I'd like to thank today with Sarah leading this wonderful forum with so many wonderful businesses, people, councils, government and overseas partners and the consular generals for being part of today and i hope you realize how excited we are and what an economic powerhouse we currently are but we will become with this airport.

Thank you.

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Investment Opportunities in the Western Parkland City and Invitation to Partner

The Western Parkland City Authority is leading one of Australia’s most ambitious city-building projects of the last century. Hear about the WPCA’s role in bringing this vision to life, our current engagement with industry and how you can partner with us on the journey.

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Jennifer Westacott:

Well thanks Sarah and good morning and welcome to all of you and thank you for making the time. I can I thank Tony for his gracious and warm Welcome to Country, can I thank Minister Ayres for his incredible vision and wisdom - you have no better or more able advocate than this minister - and thanks to Mayor George Brticevic for his leadership of the Western Parkland Councils, his great leadership on the potential of Western Sydney and to of course thank and acknowledge Mayor Wendy Waller.

I'm going to spend some time today you're going into this detailed sessions but I want to give you an overview of the opportunities across the Parkland City across the Bradfield City Centre and let's start with our vision. So the Parkland City comprises 800,000 hectares and is part of the three city model of the Greater Sydney Metropolis which includes the Eastern City and the Central City. It's eight Local Government Areas as the minister said, each with their own thriving metropolitan centres spanning from Hawkesbury in the north to Wollondilly in the south.

The 11,000 hectares Aerotropolis with the western Sydney International Airport and the Bradfield City Centre at its heart will catalyze as has been said this morning that new generation of development and growth. So our vision is for a green connected and advanced Western Parkland City. So what does that mean green? Almost two-thirds of the Western Parkland City is protected natural area. It's a sustainable energy efficient area and we will be building sustainable energy efficient designs in our key development areas like the Bradfield City Centre but it's a huge opportunity to blend together a wonderful existing landscape and a 22nd century city.

It's connected as the minister said an international gateway through the Western Sydney International Airport, arterial transport routes including the M12 the northern road, modern public transport links with the new Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport rail line and of course as Sarah said continuing our Connection to Country with our partnerships with the local Aboriginal communities. And it's advanced, it'll be home to new industries and opportunities that the new industries and opportunities that will dominate the world for the next 50 years, high-tech manufacturing, new defence and space opportunities, education, cyber security and it will be a hydrogen-ready city.

So I want to take a closer look at the opportunities firstly around the Parkland City because we want you to think as investors not just off the Bradfield City Centre but of the centres that sit around it. So the first thing we have is a growing population a 2.5 per cent increase growing to almost 2 million by 2041 now that brings enormous opportunities in housing, retail, freight and logistics it'll be 14 per cent of greater Sydney's gross regional product product and that's around 56 billion every year. It's already got a solid industrial base for supporting ecosystems all with potential to grow and connect with buyable supply chains.

Huge government investment as the minister said 20 billion dollars of capital expenditure in major roads rails and the airport in the next five years and of course one billion dollars recently announced by the New South Wales Government for the enabling infrastructure in the Bradfield City Centre. Now already we can see the private sector responding with more than 5.5 billion dollars in building approvals just in the last three years.

So let's look at some of these opportunities across the LGA. So at a kind of macro level you've got eight local government areas as I said you've got a younger population than the rest of greater Sydney, 36 per cent of people under 25 years old, as the minister said culturally diverse more than a quarter of the population born overseas in a third speaker language other than English and more than one in five residents have a bachelor or higher degree. Out to 2036 there are large expected increases in population housing and jobs in Penrith, Campbelltown, Wollondilly and Liverpool and Fairfield and I want to talk briefly about the cities of Penrith, Liverpool and Campbelltown because these are great opportunities for booming investment and these are some of the most dynamic growing centres in Australia.

Let's start with Penrith contributes 11.5 billion to gross regional product. Key industries like manufacturing, construction, healthcare, social assistance. Penrith will be the host to the first STEM high school in the state and that will be within the five billion dollar Sydney science park. The St Marys interchange will be a vital interchange that will connect Sydney Metro with the Western Sydney Airport to the heavy rail line to the Eastern City.

Liverpool contributes 11.7 billion dollars to gross regional output product. More than a billion dollars in development in the pipeline for the Liverpool CBD - incredibly well located near the M5, the M7, the M12, Hume Highway and the southern freight line. Key industries in manufacturing, construction, health care and social assistance. Liverpool's innovation precinct is advocated by Liverpool hospital which includes the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research. Liverpool Hospital itself is set to undergo a 740 million dollar upgrade due for completion in 2026. It's currently home to 10,000 health and knowledge workers and that number is set to increase to 30,000 by 2036.

If I take Campbelltown another incredibly important area in the Parkland City contributes 8.1 billion to gross regional product. Key industries again manufacturing, construction, healthcare, education and a new 50 million dollar cancer centre. It will be the home to our new innovative justice precinct which will house federal courts as well as co-located community services that will deliver high-value jobs and new career opportunities. It also offers tremendous opportunities for new manufacturing and talent attraction. It's also the gateway to the Southern Highlands offering again opportunity for talent attraction in emerging sectors.

Now let me turn to the Bradfield City Centre the new 22nd century city in the middle of the Western Parkland City. Now our focus is on creating a globally advanced, green and connected hub for innovation research advanced manufacturing with a dynamic vibrant city centre. It will include the key quarters of a national security quarter for space defence and aviation, an education and innovation quarter with a focus on research and industry collaboration, a lifestyle and leisure quarter for hotels accommodation retail, parkland and an urban playground and a neighbourhood quarter supporting a range of mixed uses and community facilities. It will have a city centre adjacent to the new international airport connected to the high frequency Metro line all coming in by 2026 so this globally connected hub for innovation and research is expected to support almost 18,000 jobs in advanced industries alone and those industries will be defence, space aerospace.

It will be the home to the CSIRO, it will be home to a new multi-university campus and it will be the home to world-class companies bringing in those new high-tech high-skilled industries and jobs it will be the centre of manufacturing and freight and logistics. It will have a huge focus on construction technology and a focus on new energy systems and circular economies.

Companies will have access to a high skill workforce drawing on the expertise and talent across the Parkland City and it's backed by a billion dollars of investment from government in enabling infrastructure. We believe that will help catalyze between 5 billion and 14 billion dollars in private sector development. It will be cyber secure to enable global and advanced industries where cyber security is central to their operations to locate and operate in Western Sydney.

It will be hydrogen ready and that will enable the city centre to function in a net zero environment and be at the leading edge of climate technology. And will be sustainably designed to maximize its energy water and material efficiency. And will be a place with access to Indo-Pacific markets that has access to greenfield sites fast-track planning processes an unprecedented opportunity to collaborate with research institutions so anybody who's thinking about their growth opportunities in the Indo-Pacific there aren't many places in the world - in fact I can't think of anywhere you've got greenfield sites, fast track planning processes and an opportunity to collaborate with research institutions and some of the leading companies in the world.

So how are we driving those advanced industries in the Bradfield City Centre? Well the first will be the event what we're calling the advanced manufacturing research facility the AMRF as we call it and government is investing significantly in this initially through our first building which will begin construction next year and then the full scale AMRF by 2026. Now this will be a shared resource where industry can prove up technology and processes before they scale them up and we want to see advance clusters of advanced industries basically cluster around and emerge around the AMRF and we want to see SMEs and large companies working together to prototype ideas and get them to scale. There'll be a heavy focus on advanced manufacturing applications in defence, space and aerospace as I said.

Let me just give you a sense of the size of that opportunity - Australia alone has a defense budget of 575 billion dollars over the next decade to 2030. This includes 270 billion dollars in investment in new and upgraded sophisticated electronic capabilities, which have traditionally been imported and there will be further opportunities that materialize from the Federal Government's landmark agreement between the UK, Australia and the United States.

Now at this stage none of this defense spending has been allocated to a state or territory but it's estimated over the next 10 years we'll see in the order of 170 million dollars to electronics, 80 million dollars to radio and radar technologies, 40 million dollars to power in energy storage and 27 million dollars to printable electronics. If you think about that just think about the semiconductor market which is worth 425 billion a year with the packaging test and integration segment alone worth 30 billion dollars.

Now across all these sectors Australia is looking to increase our sovereign capabilities and we want to make the AMRF and the Bradfield City Centre the epicentre of that investment and that activity.

So what's the best way that we can successfully tap into those emerging markets and those emerging technologies? Well we believe the first thing is the access to talent and skills as the minister said we will see a New Education and Training Model - it's a five-year pilot program and we're going to have a session on that later - backed by 37 million dollars in government funding. It will provide 100 micro credentials for 3,000 students, undertaking 7,000 courses during the duration of the pilot. It directly supports our ambitions for those advanced industries in the Bradfield City Centre and it will focus on attracting those companies from around the world as companies in Australia to come and develop their talent in Bradfield and across the parkland city and it will address many of the gaps in an otherwise strong investment attraction package. It's a mechanism to upskill employees in key areas to rapidly meet the growth needs of these new industries so that people can get micro-credentials and allow people who are working in traditional manufacturing to upskill into advanced manufacturing and that of course is often a difference in salary of around twenty thousand a year.

It's a flexible model it's a very much an industry model and I'll talk a little bit more about that at the beginning of that session. So it's a huge opportunity to create the skills that we need in Bradfield but more importantly across the Parkland City.

Now let me just go to a couple of the areas outside the Bradfield City Centre because there are also tremendous investment opportunities. The first of these is north of the airport which is the northern gateway and this will form part of the airport interface and an employment precinct with links to residential areas in north Luddenham.

Now the development opportunities here could include commercial offices, visitor accommodation, creative industries, health and education, freight and logistics. Now modern supply chains are going to drive a more advanced economy I don't think I talk to any company in the world where supply chains are not maybe the third or fourth thing they talk about after talent. And we want as many of those retail and sophisticated supply chains who want access to automation proximity to freight and airport as well as consolidated distribution centres we want them to think about locating in that northern gateway.

Now if I turn our attention to the southern side of Elizabeth Drive what we call the agribusiness precinct. Now if I think about the world's emerging middle classes, the demand for high quality value-added agriculture products is a massive opportunity for Australia.

But of course the big issue is how do you actually get that freight get that product into markets quickly? And we believe that the new agribusiness precinct, which you'll hear about this afternoon, is a huge opportunity to move freight from farm gate to plate as we call it. So a curfew free airport can really unlock the potential of this sector meaning that producers can ship their products exactly where they need to be to the plate of almost half the world's population in 36 hours. The 24/7 operations will also enable other industrial capabilities for time sensitive freight, pharmaceuticals, cold storage freight, live export as well as manufactured products that are needed for just in time delivery.

The Western Sydney International Airport cargo precinct will have the capacity to ship 220,000 tons per annum when it opens and we'll hear again a little bit more about that this afternoon. There are tremendous opportunities for the private sector invest here in freight and logistics and the operations that support those high-value agriculture and other products that I've talked about. In our agribusiness session this afternoon we'll be releasing a new study into what a good integrated logistics hub air freight interface a bit of a long word is going to look like - and we've drawn that from examples around the world and importantly this afternoon, we'll be launching a request for information from industry and land and landowners to help connect great ideas and investment and what we see will be one of the great opportunities around this precinct.

So this afternoon when you hear that we're really looking forward to getting your views and to seeing you collaborate on how you can help us achieve this vision.

So what's our role as the Authority in all of this? Well first of all coordinating the planning the infrastructure around the Parkland City in conjunction with local government to make sure it meets the needs of industries, of workers and that it's forward-looking. Crucially we have got a role in investment attraction, we're focused on getting the right businesses the right industries so that we can create those ecosystems that create those new industries and those new jobs. We'll be linking industry players together, we'll be linking them with local government, we'll be linking them to education providers and we will be procuring and designing the skills they need.

And of course we'll be delivering the key features of the Parkland City including the Bradfield City Centre, the first building and enabling infrastructure and as as we've said the AMRF in out into 2026. I want you to also be aware of the other things the New South Wales Government is doing that make investment really attractive.

So the New South Wales Government is supporting business with a program called Jobs Plus and this is a 250 million dollar program and is designed to support companies who want to bring forward or expand their footprint in New South Wales and it aims to reduce the establishment cost and financial risk and increase the speed of getting things up to market and unlocking opportunities.

There's six elements, a concierge service to help business navigate across government agencies, payroll tax relief for up to four years, subsidized training package rebates, enabling infrastructure rebates access to subsidised government accommodation and assistance with those important planning approvals.

Now this package plus our coordination, education, infrastructure coordination role I think offers a serious competitive advantage for industries wanting to locate to Bradfield or locate to the Parkland City more broadly. And of course you'll be building on some tremendous partnerships that are already there and you can see on the side here some of the great industry partners that are already in the Aerotropolis.

Can you just put the next slide up please? Thank you.

Some of the leading companies of the world, some of the great institutions of Australia, You've also as you've heard today going to be investing in area where there is an unprecedented cooperation between local government, between the Federal Government and between the State Government. And you'll also be investing in an area where there is an unprecedented cooperation across the New South Wales Government and unprecedented leadership by the new Premier, by the Minister, by all ministers who see this as a huge opportunity for the state. Our task is to bring industry, government, the community together to deliver that prosperity.

So turning to the question on everybody's mind - when will we see these opportunities come to fruition and how can we get involved? We've put up a bit of a timetable here and today as I've said we'll be taking opening up a number of market soundings across the Bradfield City Centre including the city development, agribusiness and our New Education Model for you to participate.

But opportunities out to 2024 include civil works and construction of the first building, capital equipment for the AMRF, education services, energy services, enabling works for the Bradfield City Centre, working with CSIRO on their new building including design and construction and enabling works on public spaces and landscaping. So let me wrap up by thinking about this from the investors' point of view.

The opportunities in the Bradfield City Centre and in the Parkland City are simply enormous. If you are in energy you will be at the forefront of a future focused utilities network driving a circular economy driving a net zero ambition. If you are in housing you will be meeting the demands of one of the fastest growing populations in Australia. If you are in freight and logistics you can be at the leading edge of investment in infrastructure in automation that will capture global air activity, global air connectivity, global air related supply chains. If you are in retail you'll have a chance to operate in what will be a global centre of commerce. If you are in manufacturing you can locate in the Bradfield City Centre and be part of a research and innovation system backed up by a skilled workforce and opportunities as I said across the other parts of the Parkland City. If you are in tourism you're on the doorstep of a global gateway in the heart of a thriving city. If you are in transport you'll have an opportunity to be part of record levels of investment by government in city shaping infrastructure and if you are in finance you're poised to help underpin the massive capital investment that will roll out over the next decade.

So this is an incredible opportunity for you as investors it's an opportunity for Western Sydney it's an opportunity for New South Wales it's an opportunity for Australia. I believe this is going to be at the centre of Australia's economic recovery from COVID but more importantly it's going to position Australia for that next 30 years of prosperity that we've enjoyed today.

So I hope you find the rest of the day informative and helpful, I hope that you come on board as an investor, a provider, a partner because I think together we are going to transform Australia through the Parkland City, so I'll head back over to Sarah and in doing so thank her for her tireless commitment and leadership and her incredible intellect that she brings to her job back to you Sarah.

Sarah Hill:

Well thank you Jennifer and thank you for those kind words but also thank you for setting that important city context as well as the detail of what's going to follow today most critically for us though that incredibly important call to action and call the partner with us to get things done. Now Jennifer if I may just take the opportunity of a couple of excellent questions that have been coming through to us while you've been presenting and following on from the the Minister's great enthusiasm and direction.

The first question I I'd like to ask you is really picking up on that point of direction and the Minister's comments around the direction set within Western Sydney will set the direction for new south wales and indeed Australia's economic recovery - really interested in your thoughts about how some of these investment opportunities, education training opportunities that you've presented today could help really set that direction.

Jennifer Westacott:

I think most companies around the world are thinking about a few things they're thinking about where do I expand, where do I get access to these incredible markets in the Indo-Pacific and how do I get a blend of talent sites and being able and logistics and supply chain access - that's what they all tell me and I talk to some of the biggest companies in the world on a pretty frequent basis.

And so I think what we offer is this capacity to bring it all together to bring it all together in this in this location that's very close to everything that's going to have access to a curfew-free airport, but more importantly there are not many places in the world Sarah where you can basically design on a footprint with no legacy assets now you know for companies that are looking in other parts of the world the biggest issue is well how could I actually obtain the sites, to do the sort of things I want to do, whether it's in supply chain logistics, whether it's in manufacturing because they they all require a pretty substantial input more and more people want to bespoke those buildings and they want to build into it that cyber resilience or that particular technological resilience, but they also want to collaborate so they want to go to to something where they can work with major research institutes, they can work with the universities, they can access the talent and and finally and most importantly they want to be part of a city not an industrial park.

They don't want to be on the outskirts of something as an industrial park and we are building a city and I think it's a very important point to make to investors today - this will be a city, this will be a city that allows industry to collaborate, to work together, to prototype ideas to bring their manufacturing facilities to to Australia or to expand them in the Parkland City they will this is the sort of everything together the ecosystem that people talk about we're creating that.

I don't think there's anywhere across the world that I can think of where investors and industry will have those opportunities all in the one place all working together.

Sarah Hill:

So I'd like to to pick up on that and also very much the strong commitment from three levels of government to invest in the right infrastructure to create this city and strong commitment and some substantial investment attraction funds that you mentioned such as Jobs Plus and so forth.

I'm wondering if you could share with us your thoughts about how important business and industry is to achieving this vision for the Parkland City, how critical is that investment and really backing in and optimiSing that infrastructure investment from New South Wales, Commonwealth, local government?

Jennifer Westacott:

So it's a good question I mean it's absolutely essential I mean people the Prime Minister, the Premier Perrottet or talk about a private sector lead recovery, but it's not just a recovery it's the private sector that drives prosperity. Now people would say well Jennifer would say that she's the Head of the Business Council but I say it not because I'm the Head of the Business Council because it's true. 11 million of the 13 million Australians who work are employed by a business.

The bulk of capital is raised by companies, it's companies who trade, not governments governments do trade agreements, but it's businesses who trade, it's businesses who drive new products and services, it's businesses who deal with their customers, it's businesses that finance things, it's business that create the capital markets that are the engine of the world economy.

And so if we don't have a private sector and investors driving this change it can't simply can't happen and this is why we have as you know Sarah focus so heavily on investment attraction, because it's the private sector and it's international companies working with local companies working with SMEs that are going to create those new industries, those new supply chains, those new jobs, those new high-paid jobs, those new opportunities for people in Western Sydney but also people around Australia and and I think we'll look back on this hopefully I'll still be alive, and and say you know this was the kind of moment that Australia put itself really firmly at the epicentre of what is going to happen in the world economy in terms of the location of economic growth in the Asia and Indo-Pacific region but most importantly in the type of industry that's going to drive prosperity into the future we're going to be bringing all of that together and the private sector and industry-led participation is going to be absolutely central to it.

Sarah Hill:

Well that's terrific thanks Jennifer and it's never lost on me the the words of the Minister that really the investment decisions and the infrastructure that we are building in the city today really sets the direction for not only this generation, but generations to come so what an incredible opportunity to be really a leader and and to be a front-runner in all of all of this investment and great aspiration. Now I'm going to leave it there Jennifer and thank you for your your scene setting in your context.

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New Education and Training Model (NETM) – Pilot Introduction and Partner Opportunities

The Western Parkland City Authority is piloting the New Education and Training Model (NETM). Designed by and for industry, this pilot, funded by the NSW Government, will train thousands of people using ‘micro-credentials’ to help bridge the skills gap in areas like advanced manufacturing. Join this session to find out more and to register your interest to partner with the WPCA to develop these micro-credentials.

  • Jennifer Westacott AO, Chair, Western Parkland City Authority


  • Peter Mackey, Executive Director, NETM, Western Parkland City Authority


  • Joanna Kubota, Executive Director, Western Parkland Councils
  • Leon Drury, Executive Officer, Manufacturing Skills Australia
  • Danielle Mesa, Chief People Officer, BAE Systems Australia

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Jennifer Westacott:

And whenever I talk to people in large businesses in small companies and I say what's the most important thing for your success?

They all say it's talent. It's access to talents, it's access to skills, it's access to being able to improve the skill base of our workforce. But they also tell me that the current skill system particularly here in Australia is not really fit for purpose for the speed of change that's happening in our economy.

They often want to get a blend of TAFE or technical and university qualifications. They want things to be faster, they sometimes want to actually create something that sits in the middle of TAFE and university courses many employers tell me that I want to create something that's not quite university not quite TAFE something in the middle that's something fit for purpose for my industry - and so this New Education and Training Model seeks to solve these problems as the Minister said, this is very much industry-led, it's about a set of micro-credentials that a student can stack with their employer, it's about a blend of TAFE and university.

It's also about giving industry the opportunity to actually design something quite specifically and then we at the authority will also be looking across those skills that employers tell us they need across the system and we'll be designing those quite bespoke skill bases that people need to go into advanced manufacturing, that people need to kind of run an advanced electronics economy as I talked about earlier.

So if you want to come to Bradfield or you want to come to parts of the Parkland City, you'll be able to say to us we need this kind of course, to get this kind of skill, we need these kind of university partners, we need these kind of TAFE partners and we will be able to get it for you.

And today I'm delighted to announce that we have put out our request for providers our Request for Tender for the New Model - Peter tells me it's gone live on the site about 20 minutes ago so, this is the opportunity to get from around the country the providers who are going to deliver that training and get a fast-track way of acquiring those skills for companies as they need them.

So I think this is going to transform the skill system in Australia - you know it's funny when i get around and talk to people and I tell them what we're doing at the Aerotropolis whether it's in the Hunter or in Northern Queensland they all say to me how do i get one of those in my area well we've got one in the Aerotropolis I think it's a massive advantage for the Parkland City for Bradfield, it's a massive advantage for Western Sydney so I really want you to engage with it and it's your model as industry and we really really want those partners delivering to you the courses that are going to allow you to get that skilled workforce to expand and grow your business. So Peter, thanks for all your work today. Looking forward to the discussion Peter's going to take us through the modeling detail - back over to you.

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Peter Mackey:

Would you mind just introducing yourself briefly and tell us a bit about who you are in your role?

Joanna Kubota:

Sure hi everybody my name is Joanna Kubota. I’m the executive director for the Western Parkland Councils. As George Brticevic outlined earlier there is an alliance of the eight councils that make up the Western parts and city.

They are Blue Mountains Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly and my job is to basically help drive the the council agenda in implementation of the city deal so I work very closely with both the Commonwealth government and the state government both through the authority I actually sit in the delivery office of the Authority as part of that role, but I also my job is to proactively identify and and then you know push projects and activities that will contribute to achieving our vision for the Western Parkland City which as as mayor outlined is you know is for a green, eminently liveable, 30-minute city. So I get involved in lots of different things of which the NETM is one.

Peter Mackey:

Excellent thanks very much Jo and now I might ask Leon Drury to introduce himself so Leon over to you so I can bring you in.

Leon Drury:

Good morning everyone I’m Leon Drury I’m the Executive Officer of Manufacturing Skills Australia. We've had a long history with the development of qualifications and skills trades and apprenticeships so on for the manufacturing sector. And my involvement in the NETM has been driven by my role as a conduit between industry and government providing advice and intelligence to to both those sides of industry and government and we're basically a not-for-profit that is owned by industry and we seek to bolster the access to skills and enable industry to source talent and get at the cutting edge of technology through the acquisition of skills.

Peter Mackey:

Right thanks very much Leon and finally Danielle Mesa from BAE Systems can I bring you in now and ask you just to briefly introduce yourself. Good morning.

Danielle Mesa:

Thanks so much for the opportunity to be here I’m Danielle Mesa I’m the Chief People Officer for BAE Systems Australia. For those not familiar with BAE Global defence contractor, my role within the organisation I look off after all things people, so safety the entire education agenda is quite a significant one for my role as you would appreciate, and in terms of my interaction with NETM as part of the industry reference group so that I can actually bring the voices from industry. From a defence perspective we are growing significantly and the education and skilling agenda is it's huge and it dominates a fair bit of my time most days, so thanks again for allowing me to join today.

Peter Mackey:

Thanks very much everyone and I’m now going to just push the results of that initial question through to you so you should be able to see those on screen in a moment, so it looks like we've got around 30 over 30 per cent of people from Western Sydney and 93 of people from Sydney more broadly. We've got a good regional representation as well as interstate, we've actually got almost 20 of the people from outside of Australia which is impressive.

So now before I ask the first question I’m going to set the poll question, here we're looking to get a sense of what sector you're from are you from business or industry are you representing industry association, education and training with Australian state government or local government or are you with a government from overseas, so whilst the audience looking at that at that question Danielle I might go to the first question to yourself if that's okay?

So attracting a skilled workforce is obviously a challenge for COVID, I’m just wondering how BAE Systems has found skills gaps have been exacerbated by the pandemic and of course the extended lockdown and how important do you think training and skills development is to BAE Systems in terms of both attracting and retaining staff through the recovery phase?

Danielle Mesa:

Thanks Peter, lots in that lots in that question so look as I as I indicated we're rapidly growing across the country and sort of globally as a business as well, we're fortunate in defence that we're seen as a bastion for employment security in tough times so we haven't been as impacted as other industries and sectors so by COVID, and our relative attractiveness has increased increased you know compared to some of those outside of defence as an example.

The projects we support have very very long timelines and provide exposure to a wide range of professional opportunities lots of them spanning generations, and so our attractiveness around a growth sector has helped us weather some of the challenges with COVID it has also presented some opportunities for us to provide roles for displaced workers from other sectors.

So we've bought Jetstar aircraft technicians into our business in Newcastle, Holden workers into our Hunter Class frigate program, based both in Adelaide and in Melbourne, and Vintech employees into our Red Ochre Labs, which is our research and technology business.

We've found during COVID some people are less likely to move, particularly if their roles haven't been as affected, so our attrition rate has remained relatively low we sit well below 10 per cent with a couple of minor increases in some of our critical roles given the market for defence remains really buoyant.

Looking forward we're expecting more movement in the labor market into next year so training and development will play a critical role for us from two perspectives - growing the workforce in such a highly competitive technologist areas and roles and some of the engineering disciplines like software particularly are difficult to fill at the best of times, but becoming increasingly so so in addition to NETM we're also exploring alternatives traditional university and VET streams including partnerships with STEM returners to bring qualified engineers back into our workforce after a career break as an example. Employee retention is the second one and we're exploring upskilling and reskilling opportunities to support career mobility across the business and help cultivate new skill sets into new roles and work in new ways of working that have changed.

So we're a very diverse business globally and here in Australia, with lots of different job families most of them with very very deep capability requirements and as an example we've recently put over 51 shipbuilding production workers through a digital diploma in technologies in South Australia last year, their original skill sets were around traditional end of shipbuild activities and we've now redeployed all of those people into completely different roles in the new digital shipyard - so that sort of gives a a bit of a perspective of some of the opportunities that COVID has created for us but also you know where it's had an impact on some other sectors how we've been able to leverage some of that capability and you know things like micro-credentials and the reskilling piece has enabled us to do that.

Peter Mackey:

Right thanks Danielle and look I’m not going to just push the results of that poll which you should be able to see on your screen now so it's great that we've got well over 50 per cent of the audience today are from business and industry which is exactly, exactly the audience we're targeting around four per cent from the industry association and a good representative group from the education and training sector and actually there was a question earlier that came through on the poll asking whether RTOs can get involved in the in the Request for Tender?

Absolutely, the RFT is open to any registered training organization that is registered with ASCO or TEQSA, the regulators in Australia so I'll provide information about how to get involved in that RFT a little bit later on.

So I’m going to now move to the next poll question before I go to the next question to the panel and that should be up on your screen now, if you are an industry representative what sector best describes your organization? Manufacturing, freight and logistics, defence and aerospace, agribusiness, pharmaceuticals, medical technology or other - and while we're waiting for that question to be answered, Jo can I come into you now what role can you see the NETM playing in delivering long-term outcomes for SME businesses in the Western Parkland City from a local council or economic development perspective?

Joanna Kubota:

Yes thanks Peter, it's you know obviously as I outlined before our vision for the Western Parkland City is for a 30-minute city and what do we mean by that/ Well we mean that we want people to be able to find jobs within 30 minutes of their home, to be able to you know go to dinner, to you know go see a movie, especially within 30 minutes of their home, but obviously jobs are an important part of that.

Currently as it stands a large percentage of our populations do leave the Western Parkland City for work that there aren't the jobs locally for them, or they're not the right sort of jobs, but at the same time we know from talking to a lot of our businesses, that they don't have the people with the right skills often, so we have a bit of a gap in the middle.

Obviously traditional forms of learning where you you go to uni or even TAFE takes time and it's not necessarily something that people are already working full-time can do and also sometimes they can be a little bit too esoteric they're not they're not as based in actual practical skills as they need to be. So we're hopeful that the NETM with its micro-credentials that are looking at about 40 hours in total will fill the gap and help us to sort of find jobs for people locally so that they can work locally.

Obviously with the Aerotropolis coming in there's a lot of really exciting and new opportunities there and companies like BAE Systems etc. coming in.

But reality is is that we we already have a lot of really interesting companies in our areas we've got you know Marley Spoon, Woolworths and Amazon distribution centres in fact 90 per cent of the Subway sandwich franchise chain's bread is actually made in the Western Parkland City for all of Australia, so there's some really good companies out there and and there's some great opportunities, so we're really looking for the NETM to help us to to reskill and upskill our people.

Of particular interest is the fact that we have very large migrant populations and people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and we've been already discussing with the NETM team the idea of perhaps producing some bridging credentials or helping them because often these people are highly qualified and have good qualifications from their home country but they're not qualified within the Australian context, so again we believe that the NETM might help us to fill that gap. Obviously what we're hoping is that you know by creating greater access to skilled labour we will increase the the attractiveness of the Western Parkland City as an investment investment opportunity for big companies and for small and medium-sized companies, but also obviously by increasing the number of available jobs and particularly skilled and interesting jobs, we make it more attractive for people to come and live and work in the Western Parkland City as well so it's a win-win from our perspective.

Peter Mackey:

Thank you very much Jo, so I’m going to just push the results of that which you should be able to see in this room now so it looks like we've got about 12 per cent of the businesses from the manufacturing sector which which is great, because again it looks like advanced manufacturing will be one of the first key focus areas of the nether around 4 per cent in freight and logistics also the same amount of defence and aerospace 2.6 per cent an agribusiness -- I haven't got any representations of pharmaceutical sector online but I think it's around 1.3 from medical technology which is which is great. Leon we might bring you in now can I ask you what specific skills do you see from businesses in your sector, and what kinds of micro-credentials do you see addressing these in the manufacturing sector in Western Sydney?

Leon Drury:

Thanks Peter look it's pretty varietal the the sort of demand that I hear because business is in manufacturing and advanced manufacturing are so diverse as we've seen you know from everything from engineering, aerospace a lot of the companies that are linked to defence, textiles, food and so on it's very, very broad but business models the ability to pivot you know we've just seen through COVID, companies having to pivot, particularly those that have been very much direct you know into customers approaching them having to pivot digitally, having to connect their supply chains digitally, and look at how they can become more efficient and effective at accessing materials and technology.

Upskilling their staff in the ability to modernize their processes and practices to effectively take advantage of things like industry 4.0. Automation and artificial intelligence are playing a large role in modernising business, trying to upskill businesses in skills that are effectively changing on a daily basis particularly around technology and ITC are areas that I see that there is a high demand for. Having said that you know trying to get people who are capable of continuing a lifelong learning pathway is a key one that businesses talk to me about making sure that they stay fit for the fight if you like effectively participating in ongoing learning while they're within a business, so that business can reinvent itself.

A lot of businesses have found themselves hitting a used by date if you like, because they haven't been modernising or upskilling their own workforce and that that has caused some real real issues, particularly for SMEs which are family based trying to find fresh blood and people are interested and and industry really needs to be able to market themselves to the world to effectively attract and retain people.

Peter Mackey:

All right thanks Leon, we've got a question from the audience here are all micro-credentials developed by then I’m going to be 40 hours in learning length or will they vary?

I think the short answer is that certainly I think they'll vary it'll depend on the context of of the the type of training that's required and look being a pilot we're not really sure what sort of proposals we're going to see so I think we'll be pretty open to a range of different models coming forward. So I’m going to move into another polling question now, the question here is what micro-credentials would you be being offered for your business or industry and this is an open-ended question so one I'll be interested to see some of the results coming through.

Now, now while we're waiting for that, Danielle I’m going to come back to you if that's all right what role do you use NETM's industry-led micro-credentials based approach to to still training playing in addressing skills gaps for BAE Systems?

Danielle Mesa:

For us, NETM’s helping play that role to develop the enterprise approach to micro-credentials, so it's really helping us guide our thinking as well and so it's really great for us to be involved in this from the start. Having NETM doing the heavy lifting with the education and training providers allows industry like us to focus on what really matters, which is about fit for purpose training that's you know readily available and scalable and we can be flexible in both the the time and the pace to be able to do that, it also allows us to work with other companies and leverage micro-credentials that are being developed in other sectors and in addition to that it gives us the assurance around the quality of the training that's also going to be delivered, so there's a couple of things in it for us that are really really valuable. In the first instance micro-credentials for after about upskilling within our organization, particularly supporting our digital transformation and potentially replacing some of our internal training if there is definitely industry demand and some economies of scale that we can leverage and share in.

And over time as micro-credentials become far more mainstream and gain a lot of recognition, it will become a very important recruitment pipeline for us, however for as a defence business we are cautious in our approach we have to be and we'll continue to be our current skills models and contracts with our customers so the Commonwealth of Australia and then internationally, are built mostly around the current traditional degree and VET qualified roles and so we will need to be very actively engaging alongside NETM with government, and with our customer, to also influence their thinking and so that we can demonstrate our assurance that the capability and skill that we have in our business is fit for purpose.

Peter Mackey:

Great thanks very much Danielle and we've had some amazing responses here in the poll I can't display them on screen because the way the system works but they include continuous improvement leadership and management, software development and AI, innovation related topics, entrepreneurship for trades and engineering professionals, advanced business models for advanced technology, what is industry 4.0 and what does it mean for my business model, cyber security, precast manufacturing for infrastructure contractors, advanced technologies in areas such as materials handling, that includes fabrication electrical, control systems software ICT solutions engineering, advanced manufacturing industry 4.0 foundations training, science of systems integrated management, STEM and digital age, digitization renewable solution, further future of energy, digitising services and processes, suite of soft skills employment employability competencies for advanced tech industries, so lots of really interesting and and varied responses there.

Jo I’ll come back to you again how do you see councils and businesses collaborating with the Western Parkland City Authority on the development of the NETM over the life of the pilot?

Joanna Kubota:

Thanks Peter, well obviously we've been involved in the sort of the steering committee or the project control group so far to sort of help guide how it's developed up until this point and we'll continue to do so, I think obviously we're very keen to promote this out to existing businesses we have already let the economic development staff know and certainly that will be part of my role is to make sure that the the information is out to the businesses in the in the region and that they have a chance to sort of talk to the NEMT team about their needs.

Also we do have some councils do have local employment coordinators so making sure that they play a role and that we connect in with with the employment sort of coordinators in the region to sort of identify skills gaps and and help inform what micro-credentials might make the most sense or be the of the most used certainly particularly in the lead up as we're still building the Aerotropolis and the airport and they will not be online or you know live bits and pieces and then we'll come on online as we go along but we're talking 2025-26, so there's going to be lots of other things that can be done in the meantime.

We can also provide connections through to both the RTOs and to TAFEs that already exist within the Western Parkland City and make sure that we are giving access and the option to be part of the program to those organizations.

And lastly obviously this is a pilot, so we are as you know as we go along we're constantly looking at it and I think you know we can play an important role in providing that ongoing feedback as to how we're going, how how fit for purpose it is, how it could be improved so that we really end up with a really great model by the end of the pilot.

Peter Mackey:

All right thanks very much for that Jo. I’m going to go to our next poll question now, so what kind of training is a priority for your staff and we've got induction training, technical skills development, soft skills, products and services, quality training, safety training, or other. I'll be curious to hear your results on that.

While we're waiting for that, Leon I might come back to you if that's okay tell us about yours the sector that you represent do you think most businesses in your sector would support employees to participate in the NETM micro-credentials that are relevant to advanced manufacturing and why what what sort of benefits do you see for them?

Leon Drury:

I think first of all our biggest challenge is to inform industry and make sure that they're aware and it's good that we've got such a significant number of manufacturers on the line today, so that's a good start and if they can tell also their colleagues and their supply chains about it as well that will assist us in in raising the profile of the NETM.

The most of the people that I speak to in industry are constantly talking about challenges to access and making sure that they don't have disruption to their business, so they want to make sure that they can get things in bite-sized chunks as often as they can it's not going to be a substitute for traditional trades and and those sorts of skills that we get in our universities currently, it's a it's an additional capability builder an ability to quickly stack or select from a menu and choose things that are bespoke and interesting and useful for for the growth of the business, so I think that's where the biggest opportunity lies and many, many manufacturers are going to be very keen to take that opportunity up and as they see the success of the pilot, then that will then grow and I know from my discussions I’ve had not just in Western Sydney and I live in Western Sydney in the heartland of of the the Bradfield area, you know I talk to people all over the country and they're all saying exactly as Jennifer Westacott said, how can we get this in our area we want to have something like that, so I think we're we're on the verge of something quite big and innovative and I just want to sort of reiterate that this is not going to be this or that it's going to be an add-on to those traditional sources of talent.

Peter Mackey:

Right thanks very much Leon and I’m just going to push the results to the audience here so we're looking at around 20 per cent of respondents who said induction training, well over well over 70 per cent so technical skills development so that's interesting it seems to tie in with a lot of earlier, but interestingly 66 so almost as high soft skills development is considered really crucial, almost 30 per cent products and services training, quality training and safety training are both well over 20 per cent, 25 per cent so that that is interesting.

In a moment we're rapidly heading towards time, in a moment I might ask you all just to sort of sum up with a final comment, but I’ve got a couple of a couple of questions that are coming from the audience there's a few quite a few questions they're asking about whether the micro-credentials will be accredited and if not how will we ensure quality, so obviously quality can be absolutely crucial and I think the most important thing for industry that we've heard is not so much whether it's formal training that relates to the Australian Qualification Framework, but more so, that they can be sure that the training's been provided have given the learners the skill sets that they've been offered in terms of the training, so that'll be really crucial role for the education providers to be playing in partnership with with their industry partner so absolutely that will be an essential part.

There's also been a question around how the stacking of micro-credentials will work and more than adam create pathways for further training and education?

Yes this is something that's really, really, really important, we are looking as part of our remit we've been asked to investigate the use of the skills passport, there's a lot of work happening in skills passports both at the state and federal level and we're working very closely with our colleagues across other agencies in New South Wales Government and also with the Federal Government to look at how we can implement a model that will enable learners to stack micro-credentials and to support learning pathway pathways towards a few future qualifications. This is a really dynamic area and it's something that's really changing rapidly, so it's something that I think we'll be doing a lot of leading thought leadership on it'll be interesting a lot of a lot of people will be interested to see how we go forward with this so absolutely that's an important thing.

I’m going to go to my my final only question today and so does your organization see itself proposing new micro-credentials for the NETM pilot, so in other words if you're an industry partner, or designing new micro-credentials for the NETM pilot if you are an education provider delivering micro-credentials again if you're both industry and or educational provider so be curious to see the results in that. While we're waiting for that to come through Danielle any final thoughts from you in terms of how you're feeling about moving forward with the NETM.

Danielle Mesa:

Look for me just reiterating what I’ve said before, really, really important partnership and contribution from our perspective and if I just think about you know in in summing up that we've heard already you know the growth and demand for talent you know I’ve been talking about that for most of my career, but it's definitely a real challenge the the rapid change in in skills that are required creates a real need for industry to make sure it's leaning into this conversation not just waiting for it to come to us and be served to us.

Whether that's leaning in directly and or through industry associations, but I think that's a very important one, and also off the back of that the the sustainability angle of this that we could all take a very traditional approach and get out there and try to you know keep raising you know remuneration or try to cannibalize the same you know really small talent market, we've got to start to work better together and really really collaborate across the entire supply chain as well as for the broader labor market, and so I also challenge industry to approach this in a way that this is a much you know greater agenda, but yes we all will individually come at it that we have very specific needs and requirements that we're under a lot of pressure to respond to quickly so that's just the other the other piece that I think is really important through the NETM that's going to provide that ecosystem for us all to interact and collaborate and then and benefit from.

Peter Mackey:

All right thanks Danielle and Jo from your perspective from a council perspective do you see this as being something that is going to is going to work smoothly something you think councils will embrace in terms of trying to support?

Joanna Kubota:

Well definitely look I think it's it's another tool that we can use to help you know both our local businesses to hire appropriately trained staff, it also allows us to help our people to access jobs locally, so you know we are an area that as everybody knows has been you know frankly smashed by COVID in recent months, so you know I think that anything that we can do to help get the economy thriving, make it vibrant you know and get get the economy moving really well is definitely something that we want to be you know focused on and working to assist, so yeah we're definitely keen to to be involved and to play a a a very proactive role in helping roll out the net and through the throughout the Western Parkland City.

Peter Mackey:

Thanks very much before I go to you I'll just push the results from that poll question, so interestingly quite balanced we've got just about the same amount 26 per cent for both proposing new micro-credentials and designing in micro-credentials and almost the same, just a little bit lower in terms of delivering but importantly almost half saying all of the above so so that's that's a fantastic result and that's really interesting for us.

So Leon before I move to the sort of the final call to action I might just throw to you for for the final word from the panel.

Leon Drury:

Oh thanks Peter yeah I think never before have we seen that sovereign capability has been so important and this is part of building that capability, so I think it's going to be a key initiative that's going to drive business not only just in Western Sydney but across the country, so I think I'd encourage every business that's online and those that are in the broader community to participate quality is going to be driven by those partnerships between the the people who are participating from the the educational organizations and those industry leaders that are putting the standards or the expectations to those providers so you know I can't speak highly enough of the initiative and I look very much forward to what happens through the next four years in the pilot and the outcome of the the the benefits to industry.

Peter Mackey:

All right thank you so, much look I can I thank you Danielle, Jo and Leon firstly for your patience with the technology and for staying with us I really appreciate your insights today, in a moment I’m going to now look at the the call to action so I might move to that slide but thank you so much again for your time today all three of you.

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Agribusiness, Freight and Logistics – Launch of Research and Request for Information

As the 24/7 Western Sydney International Airport takes shape, the Western Parkland City Authority will update attendees on innovative new research that demonstrates how freight and logistics, export and agribusiness operators can maximise the benefits from an interconnected airside and landside precinct. The WPCA will also launch a Request for Information process to help identify future opportunities.


  • Natalie Camilleri, Executive Director, Multi-Utilities, Environment and Circular Economy, Western Parkland City Authority


  • Alison Webster, WSI Cargo Precinct, WSA Co
  • James Fisher, Director, Agribusiness, Western Parkland City Authority


  • Alison Webster, WSI Cargo Precinct, WSA Co
  • Vikki Fischer, Assistant Secretary Biosecurity Operations, Department of Agriculture, Water & Environment
  • James Fisher, Director, Agribusiness, Western Parkland City Authority
  • Susie Harwood, Executive Director Freight, Transport for NSW

View the slide presentation from James Fisher, WPCA Director Agribusiness, here (PDF, 11 MB) .

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Natalie Camilleri:

Good afternoon everyone, my name is Natalie Camilleri and I'm delighted to be here facilitating this session.

Thank you very much for taking an interest in this session but more importantly for being engaged in contributing to the future of the Western Parkland City, its people and indeed its prosperity.

Today you will hear about opportunities to create Australia's newest place for 24/7 trade and how you can contribute by sharing your insights and ideas in response to research we're releasing today.

Before we begin proceedings, just a quick note on some housekeeping. Today's event is being recorded for the purposes of sharing information for those who are unable to attend. There is a resources link on your console and it has key documents for this session, so please do take a look. And we would really like to hear from you throughout the event, so if you have any questions you would like to post to our panelists, or to any of our speakers, feel free to submit them using the Q&A tool.

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Alison Webster:

James, thank you so much and it's really great to be here this afternoon to have an opportunity to talk about the exciting developments that are taking place around Western Sydney International Airport and also particularly to focus in on the Western Sydney international cargo precinct it's going to be game changing with its air freight capability for not only Sydney New South Wales but also for Australia. And I think first of all this afternoon, just a quick refresh and a reminder of how important Sydney is to Australia's prosperity.

Australia's number one destination, a key contributor to the economic success of Australia and clearly in a post-COVID world there will be a lot of opportunity for Western Sydney International to bring the hopes and dreams of travellers to life once again.

We all recognise that Sydney's existing airport will be capacity constrained but with Western Sydney International, Sydney's skies will be open again because at Western Sydney International Airport we're all about opportunity. We're going to be a 24/7 international and domestic airport and with our opening coming very close in 2026 when we first are ready for operations we'll be able to grow up to 10 million annual passengers per annum. And as we continue to grow with Sydney New South Wales and Australia over time by the 2060s we'll be able to look after 82 million annual passengers which is just quite incredible - the scale of airports like Los Angeles and also Dubai. We also have a unique opportunity at Western Sydney International Airport we're creating this from the beginning, so we have a chance to design a terminal and a product and experience for all of our customers with their needs at the heart of everything we create at Western Sydney International. And finally in terms of opportunity we're going to have a Metro connection from day one and new motorway access. We're very aware that we will have nearly three million people in our catchment area when we open in 2026.

We're already having some exciting engagements with airlines both in Australia and overseas with MOU signed with our very important Qantas Group and also Virgin Australia and they're helping us and participating in early discussions around route and network opportunities and also helping us input into airport designs and operational planning. Whenever we're engaging with airlines around the world we hear a lot of excitement and again it comes back to Sydney's open for business and they're certainly looking at Sydney as a destination for their future networks.

And we're not just about an airport we're also going to be incredibly excited to become you know a business park 200 hectares the size of Parramatta CBD and that's all about job creation and opportunities and really making sure that we can bring a new environment to a range of employers and employees that will benefit from being right on the doorstep of Sydney's newest airport.

What I want to talk about now is the opportunity with Western Sydney International cargo precinct again Stage 1 opening in 2026 and on this map of our airport precinct here you can see it in the red box on the left hand corner of the screen. When we open at stage one we'll have a capability to process up to 220,000 tonnes of air cargo per annum. And again we're all about opportunity because we can grow with those businesses that choose to make this part of their organization's strategy into the future we have a capability to grow to process up to 1.8 million tonnes over time. And what's really exciting and again a bit of a deeper dive on some of the planning that's going into this cargo precinct right now we have the opportunity with a blank sheet of paper to co-create with our customers and our initial facilities will offer up to 75,000 square meters worth of capability for freight handling and remember that's just stage one of our operations. Importantly right now we're engaging with our customers of the future we conducted a registration of interest process in May and right now we're engaging with 17 organizations with regards to opportunities for the future for them and for us to grow together.

And again importantly the expression of interest process which is in market now will continue to help us co-create and develop this exciting world-leading cargo precinct.

And when you think about it and you look at the timeline it's not far away, we're gearing up and we are planning and we are game on for opening in 2026. In fact at the end of this calendar year you will see our terminal construction begin it's a very exciting time at Western Sydney International.

It's why more than ever today we're delighted to have a chance to talk with you about our collaboration with the Western Parkland team and the opportunities we have together to create such an exciting supply chain for Sydney for New South Wales and for Australia. We know our 24/7 air freight opportunity will give us incredible leading edge it will offer incredible opportunity to speed to market particularly when you think about incredible perishables being grown here and cultivated here in Sydney and New South Wales and thinking about the speed to market that will extend their shelf life once they're in supermarkets in Asia and across the world, because if you think about an opportunity to go from paddock to plate in 36 hours that's all about extending shelf life with those products.
We're also working with all tiers of government to deliver world-class airport operations and importantly a leading cargo community.

And I guess just finally it is about a cargo community we have the unique opportunity with this greenfield site to partner with our key stakeholders that's going to be critical to our success a customer-centric design that ensures we have the right community data solutions and importantly that we're responsive and able to grow with our customers - for us it's all about the future and partnering and we're delighted to have had the chance to join you here today.

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James Fisher:

Thanks Natalie and good afternoon and welcome to everyone. In five years from now cargo will start moving through the Western Sydney International Airport.

Be it fresh milk produced in the Riverina to kingfish harvested off the coast of Port Stephens through to thoroughbreds who will race for a place at Warwick Farm. And who doesn't enjoy a fun day at the races?

Today we will be introducing some of the key learnings from the Integrated Logistics Hub Airfreight Interface Concept Study being released here today. The concept study is a progression of the feasibility and scoping study and is again founded on research into world leading best practice industry insights and analysis and stakeholder engagement. We've under undertaken this research because we are responsible for the coordination delivery and investment attraction activities across the Western Parkland City.

We would like to share this research with you today to help shape your planning and decisions. put simply the ILH airfreight interface concept envisages what is needed to seamlessly connect the broader landscape logistics network to the entry and exit points of the WSI cargo precinct along with its future tenants and customers.

We've researched many world-leading benchmarks to help demonstrate the opportunity - we will use some of these examples to highlight what they do well and what makes them tick.

The first example is Fresh Park Venlo the Netherlands, a proven concept for over 50 years it is Europe's largest fresh food hub - a fresh food logistics mecca that supports 3,000 transport movements every single day and over a billion dollars euro in trade each year. Spread over 135 hectares it offers 400,000 square meters of flexible warehousing and provides specialist support services to more than 130 agribusinesses. With direct motorway connectivity to two international airports within a sixty kilometre reach, it enables the transport of fresh food from harvest to JFK International Airport in less than 48 hours.

Building on this example the Flexport at Liege Airport Belgium, its niche is that is express cargo and the movement of high-value sensitive products (apologies for the noise) the Flexport has been evolving for over 20 years and today it supports 9,000 jobs. It boasts a 16,000 square metre facility dedicated to the storage and dispatch of medical and pharmaceutical products.

The 'Horse Inn' provides dedicated facilities for the transportation of horses and their grooms and it is home to a significant European express cargo international sorting center. In total 80,000 square meters of warehouse with immediate runway access enables rapid ULD movement from tarmac to truck within one hour and it's located within minutes of a global sorry of a major motorway.

The operation handles more than one million tonnes of cargo per year and 5,000 live animals and with a 470 hectare development plan in place it will support industry growth for decades to come.

The last example is Cargo City Frankfurt Airport Germany, spread over 750 hectares it employs 81,000 people it is home to 450 companies and it handles more than 2 million tons of freight per year. The perishable centre is Europe's largest and most modern air freight operation. It handles more than 100,000 tons of perishables plants and pharma each year. Spread over 9,000 square meters it hosts 20 temperature controlled zones, it is able of it is able to process consignments within 60 minutes also.

The animal lounge is the world's most modern airport animal facility - it is a 4,000 square meter operation with dedicated facilities and services that provide optimal conditions for a range of live animals ranging from racehorses to fish, from exotic zoo animals to our much loved pets.

Over 110 animals travel safely through this state-of-the-art facility each year. The integrated pharma hub has more than 12,000 square metres of first line temperature control and certified areas and at the heart of these operations is one of the world's most advanced air cargo community systems driving digitalization and collaboration across the supply chain.

Now we've learned a great deal through this research and like with any major gateway port or airport operation there is a need for ancillary services and capabilities to support the safe secure and seamless movement of cargo. At our most simplest level of understanding through the work we've undertaken we know we need to get two core components right.

The first is seamless connectivity from the landside logistics network to the entry and exit points of WSI cargo precinct, for time-sensitive high-value products including fresh farmer and live animals.

The second is dedicated first and last mile operational channels for ambient chilled and live products that offer specialized functionality and use of shared assets and infrastructure at scale.

We've heard from industry of the challenges they face today lack of curfew free operations and specialist facilities for time and temperature sensitive products airside operational constraints and lost time delays due to inefficient processes.

The ILH air freight interface concept seeks to provide immediate added competitive advantage by addressing these constraints - walking through the concept from left to right you can see a sequence of events from the broader landside logistics network through the interface concept to the entry and exit point of the cargo precinct. From top to bottom you can see three dedicated channels for chilled ambient and live.

You can see here that once the product enters the concept by the hardstand area and crossdock into the specialized storage facility, the product is now within a bonded facility. You can see here the chill channel has multiple temperature zones, this caters to the requirements of fresh food and pharmaceutical products.

You can see here large scale export and import enabling infrastructure importantly for shared use, such as a radiation and x-ray machines capable of handling pallet size consignments. You can see here specialized animal husbandry facilities and staff amenities these support the accommodation optimal care and movement of high value at live animals through to airside. And here you can see embedded customs and biosecurity services. These enable a pre-clearance of product for export. Now the product flow here is geared towards export, however in reverse for imports it works almost entirely the same way.

Now we've done the research, we've heard from industry, there is no doubt a curfew free, 36-hour farm gate to plate supply chain presents enormous opportunities for New South Wales importers and exporters. The next step for the authority is to invite interested parties to take part in a request for information process and subsequent events, so we can work together to explore how the ILH air freight interface concept can be best brought to life.

The RFI contains 15 questions and the registration portal will go live on our website following this event today. The closing date for submissions is two months from now on the 8th of December. Early in the new year we will share the insights gleaned with all participants and the wider community and we will invite RFI participants to an in-person event to support connections and advance ideas of mutual benefit.

We look forward to working with all interested parties who are able to help create world-class supply chain here in the Western Parkland City. And with freight and logistics embedded in Western Sydney's DNA together we can leverage this extraordinary opportunity to transform Western Sydney into a global logistics powerhouse and boost our export trade right here in the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

Thank you very much.

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Natalie Camilleri:

So it's now time to move to the panel session, so joining Alison and James today on the panel a warm welcome to Susie Harwood, Executive Director of Freight with Transport for New South Wales. So Susie will share some information about some of the work that Transport has been progressing in terms of improving a seamless and secure movement of goods. Welcome also to Vikki, Vikki Fischer, Assistant Secretary Biosecurity with the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment. We recognise how important biosecurity measures are when importing and exporting goods and I’m delighted to have both Vikki and Susie joining us today - so please type any questions that you have for our panellists in the audience console and we've got plenty of time, about 20 minutes, for a conversation now. So we can kick things off, we'll start with Susie. So Susie, clearly there is a need for a digital connection to optimize product movement, how do you see a new digital cargo and trade community systems being a game changer in the 2020s and how might they accelerate speed to market to anywhere in the world?

Susie Harwood:

Thanks Natalie I guess that I see a digitization of the supply chain or a digital connection as being something that is really fundamental to realizing the ambition for the 36-hour paddock to plate vision and Alison also spoke about the seamless cargo journey and while we have a lot of I guess hard infrastructure that needs to go around that having very strong digital connections and the right technology to support a digital supply chain will be essential in making sure that we squeeze every bit of efficiency out of the supply chain and that's important from a value proposition perspective for customers both domestic and internationally as well as, I guess, from an economic perspective and making sure that we reduce costs wherever possible throughout the supply chain --

so some of the benefits through improved digital connectivity will go to really reducing the extent of administration that's required if we can cut down on some of the manual handling but also a lot of the duplication that occurs at the moment in the relay of information through the supply chain there's benefits there really simply in terms of a reduction in time and also the cost of administration but we also anticipate an industry is telling us that they also anticipate there will be network improvements in the efficiency of the movement of goods as a result of having improved visibility of where goods are at in the course of their journey within the supply chain and that will assist with operational planning and also has the potential to assist with strategic planning so helping business make better decisions about how to move goods now and in the future and also potentially helping government make better decisions about where and how to invest you know from a transport perspective in road and rail infrastructure in particular and thinking about how that connects in really effectively with the Western Parkland City and also with the freight facilities that will be developed in the area and of course the airport but also more broadly how does that whole of network approach get optimized and having digitization will give us a better understanding of what is occurring and also what might be needed on the network.

The qualifier of course being that government and industry really need to work hand in hand on how we navigate these new technologies how we navigate willingness to share data and the provision of data and make sure that we're respecting I guess everybody's willingness to make that information available and doing it in a way that has genuine mutual benefit for industry, for small medium and large business, and also for government so that we can better support industry and also our customers across the state.

I think in terms of any question about what are the big game changers the big game changes for me are that reducing the costs of moving goods because there's better tactical operational and social strategies learning and also the potential for both industry and government to make better investment decisions to continue to improve enhancements in productivity.

Natalie Camilleri:

Thanks Susie, some really interesting thoughts there and really getting to to the main point around reducing costs and I guess making our great city a highly desirable place to trade with, so it's really I guess you've opened up a great conversation there about layering up the advantages that can be added to the physical build of the airport that's unfolding before our before our very eyes. I think it's a good time to bring Vikki into the conversation similar kind of a theme really - so Vikki can you tell us about the role of the Commonwealth, the role the Commonwealth Government plays in and how biosecurity may be enhanced with the development of a highly efficient air freight interface?

Vikki Fischer:

Thank you, thank you very much and fully agree with Susie we we need to reduce costs but not only that we need to provide better opportunities to sell our premium product into premium markets at no time at all anyway so coming back to the biosecurity question my current role is pathway policy in the via studiops division looking after the pathways of travellers, mail and imported food the pathways if you like are those opportunities for exotic pests and diseases to come in to the country - so cargo and conveyances also are pretty significant pathways - and our job is about determining that the best ways and implementing the best ways of keeping exotic pests and diseases out and that's extremely important for the you know for the Australian community none of us want Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs in the air conditioning, it's it's super important for environment we don't want any more fire ants in the ground kids playgrounds and so on, we certainly don't want productivity issues something like African swine fever coming into our country would absolutely decimate the pig population you know it's kind of it's a disease that kills over 80 percent of the animals that you know that get infected and it basically is the Ebola of the pig world where they bleed to death it's a revolting disease and we definitely don't want it in the country.

Right through to trade the impacts of trade and something like khapra beetle which I hope most of you have heard about, would be a devastating bug to have in the country you know it devastates the storage of of grain but if I could say even more importantly it would devastate our trade nobody else would want to trade with us if we bought khapra it makes it very difficult to send product out of the country.

Anyway so coming back to trade, biosecurity from a Commonwealth perspective and my current role is about keeping the exotic pests and diseases out of the country, but it's also two ways you like Australia has responsibilities to all of our trading partners and we certify we work very hard to develop our trade relations and they do underpin the export of our produce and be it our livestock, or our or our fruit and veg, or our process product, it relies on government to government understanding of requirements and how is it that Australia is making sure we're not sending any fruit fly overseas with our with our tomatoes or whatever it is that we are sending. How are we meeting their requirements so from an export perspective which I think is absolutely essential here it is two-way traffic through the airport and making sure that we're not creating any bottlenecks at this facility we do need to work hand in glove like I think I think Susie mentioned with our industry partners, with the freight and logistics guys, we all need to work together to determine the most efficient ways to assure ourselves and our customers and our clients overseas that we are providing the best premium product without any pests and diseases and our premium product over and above meets their requirements.

So for me how the Commonwealth would love to see this work you know it's like a beautiful opportunity for us to make an assistant process to have a look at the assurance mechanisms that are already in place in every single business out there we all have ways to prove to our customers that we're giving them the right product and maybe the Commonwealth can work with you - if you can assure your customers that the product is is premium well that's generally more than required more than the requirements of the importing country if we can tap into your assurance program maybe we don't need to stop to encounter 600 oranges and check that they don't have any scale on them.

Whatever the case is what we do believe and we hear from industry quite regularly too we do believe that there are some wonderful opportunities to improve the regulation and get the regulator out of your face and this Western Sydney Airport is definitely a great opportunity for us to work together and get us get us out there.

Natalie Camilleri:

Thanks Vikki, some great things coming out there and I think your last point really about almost you know recognizing that this is a greenfield situation where we have the privilege of being able to design something that works for everyone involved in in the complexity of the supply chain, so we've heard about reducing costs getting time right the pertinent points about safety environments and some really of the pragmatics of trade you know given that countries have traded and done this for centuries and centuries and centuries so that real inherent a piece of work that I think is within our DNA around trade relations, so thanks very much for that and we've had a couple of questions coming from the audience that I’d like to actually bring in now and in fact Vikki one of them I think is probably best for you to continue on and the question being, are there going to be opportunities for an integrated customs and bonding facility and that might be also a question for Alison to consider and deliberate.

So over to you perhaps Vikki in the first instance.

Vikki Fischer:

Thank you very much I certainly can't talk on behalf of Australian Border Force or Home Affairs but I do we are working very closely with them and I know that they are very excited about this facility too we're working closely with them on this particular project and I do believe that we do have many opportunities ahead of us to integrate better, we're looking to partner and co-design not just individually our agency with industry and our agency with logistics but certainly right across the Commonwealth and obviously Commonwealth interstate in working with the state government as well and the incorporation of this concept had certainly been part of the design, so yes short answer.

Terrific and I might just bring in Alison, you might want to reflect on that question from the audience but also to wrap in another point of conversation, it's really I think we can't ignore COVID and how it's changed almost everything in the freight logistics industry no doubt and from your extensive experience in the industry what would you narrow down as being the advantages of having the greenfield opportunity to sign in learnings from the last two years? So over to you Alison.

Unfortunately I can't quite hear Alison at the very minute but I might actually just draw in James to respond to his own reflections as a as someone who's has had you know extensive industry in the area and also as someone who's a great observer of everything in this industry, so James over to you.

James Fisher:

Okay thank you Natalie, yeah look I think there's real opportunities for a number of different world-leading innovations to be brought into this greenfield site and I’d draw the person who presented the question to the RFI process because I think this is the opportunity that we have in front of us to really seek those sorts of insights and those sorts of ideas to take into consideration to ensure that we do build the a world-class supply chain in the Western Parkland City for the future generations.

And I’d just like to draw on us on a small bit of insight. 100 years ago KSA was literally a greenfield site - today it handles more than 45 per cent of Australia's air freight volumes, roughly equates to a bit over 80,000 tonnes moving through the belly of passenger aircraft. In five years’ time Western Sydney will literally have almost 200,000 tonnes of cargo capacity. This is the opportunity we have right now in front of us to get this thing right.

Natalie Camilleri:

Thanks very much James I think we've got Alison back, so Alison any reflections from you to add?

Alison Webster:

Thank you so much Natalie and apologies for the tech disrupt look I think you know in summary from our perspective at Western Sydney International thinking about the cargo precinct we do as you say have the opportunity to use this as a launch to learn a pilot site where we actually don't have any of the legacy issues to chart through and it gives us an incredibly clear landscape to be able to make sure that we can co-create best use of available technologies and also making sure that we're working really closely with both Commonwealth and New South Wales government departments to make this the best proposition it can be.

And I think one of the things we're hearing from our customers as we go through our market soundings and market engagements, is that they're really excited about the opportunity to have the right kind of support from logistics perspective happening in Western Sydney - it's a tremendous opportunity for us and we also get to steal the best from around the world and finally we have no pain points to engineer out because there are no legacy issues it is about creating the best opportunity.

Natalie Camilleri:

Thank you very much Alison and we have a couple more questions from the audience so thanks very much to the audience for the great engagement and putting these questions out there. So there's a question about and this is one I think that all of the panels might be able to reflect on and that is what do you collectively see as the major export opportunity for New South Wales agribusiness to take advantage of in the concept presented, so I guess you each see industry and what's going out there in the world from a different perspective, but if you were to pass a comment on the major export opportunities very curious to hear from you.

Maybe we'll start perhaps with James first and then we'll work from there.

Jame Fisher:

Sure thank you Natalie, so through the research we've undertaken and the industry engagement we've identified three target industries - be it fresh food pharmaceutical and live animals and we believe that these are the three industries that represent the greatest export opportunities for New South Wales. Now that's not to say necessarily that there won't be other export opportunities for other industries we've just identified these as being those industries that have the highest amount of growth potential that are currently experiencing the constraints through the current operations that are available to them.

Suzie Harwood:

I think from it I guess from my perspective rather than thinking about the types of products that might have opportunity or advantage, it's the ability to really come back to my earlier comments really drive down the cost of freight as a component of export and I think that also helps add to you know what Vikki was discussing about having a premium product if you can have a premium product that you can get out of the country in an affordable way, it really enhances then the offering and I guess it probably I would expect a little bit more experts on this than me opens up markets that may not currently be available to some of our producers, so I'll be very focused on what are the opportunities for ready access to export and export markets in a cost efficient way and that's the combination of having really well-designed land uses and developments on land, really well-designed transport networks, but also having the systems and the data that supports us in making full use and sort of optimum use of those networks and those land uses.

Vikki Fischer:

Thanks and very very quickly I fully agree with the rest of the panel, I think I also don't really want to comment on particular markets or particular products, but really that optimisation of our supply chain would be for mine you know get regulations out of the way and get the process as streamlined as possible - I think we've got it.

Alison Webster:

And I think finally from my perspective and thinking about a a mantra we use quite often at Western Sydney International Airport - unlimited, the opportunities are unlimited and I think that's the real beauty of what we're here talking about today.

Natalie Camilleri:

Wonderful that is a word that we use so often as well Allie over at the Authority. And we did have one one question about how the Authority and the Airport would work together and I think that it's exactly as you've seen today in very close partnership and working very closely to maximize and unearth the unlimited opportunities that are presented in this great city the Parkland City.

And on that note I’d like to bring the panel session to a close and indeed the whole session to a close, with my very warm thanks to Susie, to Vikki, to Allie, to James and to Mick Daley behind the scenes and everyone who has attended this session today, so an incredible conversation and couldn't be more delighted to pick this up in the new year after the RFI is closed. So thank you so much and we look forward to hearing from you, listening and putting out what we're here for others to hear and benefit from. So thank you very much and have a great afternoon.

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Major Projects Update

The Western Parkland City is receiving more than $20 billion in infrastructure investment from the NSW and Commonwealth Governments. With a focus on the Aerotropolis, this session will provide updates from some of the largest infrastructure projects in the country, including the Western Sydney International Airport and the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport and the Bradfield City Centre.


  • Tim Poole, Chief City Co-ordinator, Western Parkland City Authority


  • Simon Hickey, Chief Executive Officer, Western Sydney Airport
  • Anne Skewes, Head, Aerotropolis Development, Western Parkland City Authority
  • Angela Jeffery, Project Director, Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport

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Tim Poole:

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the fourth and final session of our Tomorrow's City Today forum.

My name is Tim Poole and it's absolute pleasure for me to host this last session. I'm the Western City Co-ordinator for the Western Parkland City Authority and I have a great job of working with three levels of government on the planning and delivery of the Western City including the Western Sydney City Deal.

This session is a Major Project Update showcasing three of the largest and most significant investments in the Western Parkland City, part of over a twenty billion dollar investment by the three levels of government in kick-starting this nationally and internationally significant venture for the Western City.

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Okay so it is Friday afternoon, but to kick things off, let's start with a word from an absolute champion of the Western City and of New South Wales, Western Sydney born and bred, Stewart Ayres the Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney.

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Simon Hickey:

Thanks Tim, thanks Minister. It's great to have the opportunity today to speak to you about Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport. Before I give you a quick update, a picture paints a thousand words, so I'd like to catch you up on the incredible progress we've made on Sydney's new airport in 2021, if we can play the video...

So it's been a big year. I'm incredibly proud of what we've achieved under what has been very difficult circumstances for us all. But I'm also excited about what's ahead on the path to the end of 2026. The infrastructure build is an incredible challenge, by the end of 2022 we'll be constructing our terminal, our airfield and all the civil works on the land side. We'll be approaching the point where we'll have around 4,000 people employed directly on the site.

As immense as that challenge is it's the commercial development that we must also focus on. Right now we're in market engagement with parties who are participating in our EOI process for our air cargo precinct, which is an opportunity for air cargo operators to establish presence now and grow with markets over decades as the airport grows.

I know the interface opportunities between our air cargo precinct and the aerotropolis including the agribusiness precinct are very exciting which were touched on in the earlier segment. We're talking to airlines both Australian and overseas. In fact more than 30 overseas airlines have expressed interest in operations from Western Sydney International. Our 24/7 status, our commitment to a unique customer experience and the fact we're providing an injection of aviation capacity in a previously constrained city means we have a very compelling proposition for airlines.

And there's our on airport business park. We have almost 200 hectares of developable commercial land on the airport site and I anticipate we'll make progress on the first stage in the next year or so. Our business park will offer incredible connectivity on the doorstep of Sydney's new airport with its own metro train station and M12 motorway connection. Globally being a greenfield airport is a reasonably unique challenge. It's exciting to be a part of this.

We're building an airport that will have a capacity for up to 10 million passengers per year when it opens, growing over the decades ahead. We'll have the third largest catchment - that is people who can travel within one hour of the airport of of the third largest of all Australian airports.

The New South Wales economy alone is one-third of Australia's GDP with more than eight million people in the state. Prior to covert Sydney welcomed 46 million visitors annually and more than half of all international visitors to Australia came through Sydney. Sydney represents 47 per cent of all air cargo imports and exports worth about 13 billion dollars annually. 40 per cent of Western Sydney residents are born overseas or have relatives living overseas so it's a great place to position a new airport for the future.

I'm pleased to say we are on schedule to open in 2026 and we will be an airport that Sydney and Australia will be very proud of.

Thank you I'll pass back to Tim.

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Angela Jeffery:

Excellent, thanks Tim and thanks Simon.

Much like you I do believe that a picture paints a thousand words and I'd love to start off with a video of describing the project that we're delivering in Western Sydney.


Thank you I really love watching those videos both the Airport that the Metro it really is a great reminder of how transformative our projects are to the Greater Western Region they're important and they'll revolutionize the area and the way that we live in the Greater West.

If I was to describe the project that I'm delivering in the scope it's 23 kilometers as you saw on the video of rail connecting six stations from Saint MaryS through to the Aerotropolis, but in fact actually what we're delivering is far more greater than that - the benefits of the project delivering a transport spine for Greater West, connecting people to jobs, education, health and amenity and doing that in collaboration with our partners with the Airport with the Commonwealth with our colleagues at different government agencies and then of course with local government council.

Delivering 11 billion worth of infrastructure at greenfield is obviously a very complex process it requires a significantly tailored packaging strategy as you would expect, there is not one entity who could deliver such a significant infrastructure project on their own. The way that this project's been tailored is through key major packages, particularly calling out the first package being our tunnel civil infrastructure package, followed by a bridges viaduct and surface package and then everything that pulls it together through our PPP which is our station systems trains and operations and maintenance package.

I'm really excited to say that we're well into procurement we're evaluating our tunnel tenders and due to award that first contract this year showing that tunneling can start in 2023 which is you know really exciting news to see boots on the ground. Our bridges and viaduct package tenders of close we're in the assessment phase of that package and we're due to award that contract early next year - again really exciting and most pleasing we've received a really strong response to our PPP our stations systems trains package from the market, we've got a real evaluation on our hands and I'm so thrilled that that evaluate that expression of interest has yielded such a strong response from the market as evidence that people you know and businesses are eager to get involved in the work we're doing in the Parkland City.

With regards to the benefits of the project, being born and raised in the Greater West, skill legacy is something that's important to me to my team and Metro and government at large. Our employment targets will be achieved in coordination with our delivery partners.

But the work that Metro is doing is engaging across all employment opportunities starting at grassroots, we've got tailored programs that engage with our primary school students that cuts across the work that we do with high school students getting people excited about construction and operational railways well into the future.

We have a pre-employment scheme and it also we also pick up a graduate program that allows us to grow people from, you know a very early phase in their career all the way through to you know growth and stretch target - so very keen to continue the work that we're doing collaborating with our delivery partners and our cross-government stakeholders - you know it's such a privilege to be delivering this project it truly is it truly is a transformative project and I very much enjoy doing that with our stakeholders at all levels of government.

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Anne Skewes:

Hello Tim, thanks very much and thank you for the opportunity to be on the panel today to discuss exciting opportunities and major projects in Western Sydney. As Head of Aerotropolis Development and leading the planning and construction of this exciting new city centre and global hub, I wanted to commence by playing our video on our vision and aspirations for Bradfield.


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Welcome to Australia's first 22nd century city - Bradfield, a high-tech city centre on the doorstep of the Western Sydney International Airport.

Connected by a Metro rail line, as well as roads and active transport links, Bradfield will be an energetic place with life, culture and public spaces. Bradfield will attract the country's brightest minds with opportunities at the national science agency, the CSIRO and a world-class advanced manufacturing research facility where businesses can design and test ideas. This will all be supported by intelligent digital networks.

Bradfield will be a key Indo-Pacific hub, connected globally via the airport and locally with the existing centres nearby. At the centre of it all is Bradfield which is perfectly placed to be the beating heart of the Western Parkland City.

Anne Skewes:

Our goal is to make Bradfield Australia's green, connected and advanced city and is a global hub for high technology research and industry collaboration. We are delighted that the New South Wales Government committed one billion dollars to kick-start early infrastructure such as services and utilities and that this will serve as a really strong catalyst for private sector investment.

Our on-site works commence in 2022 and our first Advanced Manufacturing Building Visitor Center will open in 2023.

The government's commitment to Bradfield will be a catalyst for private sector investment and we are today opening up Registrations of Interest for the real estate property and investment sectors to participate in a series of market soundings with us commencing in November this year.

We are very keen to hear ideas and views from the private sector about how they would like to engage with the WPCA in our program to deliver the greenest, smartest and most connected city in Australia. I invite those online today with an interest to please go to our website and register their details. We encourage participation and engagement with industry and look forward to collaborating and partnering together to deliver Bradfield City Centre as a vibrant and dynamic global hub.

Thank you Tim.

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Tim Poole:

That's great so that's I think a lot of really great information there from the three from our three speakers, now there's an opportunity for you the audience to ask some questions and I see we've got a few coming in. Might start we might start with one that I actually had as one of my questions but from Jamie from Business Australia and Simon we might direct this one to you - can you shed any light on your apprenticeship and traineeship programs?

Simon Hickey:

Yeah thanks very much for that Tim so we've got we've got we've started up a a traineeship, we're selecting people from high schools and also graduates to come in to work with us and to learn with us. We're doing that initially with us with a small cohort that started this year and we hope to grow that over the years and decades to come. We think it's very important for us to ensure that not only are we a great and thriving airport a catalyst for surrounding Aerotropolis and Bradfield and for the thriving hub that that will become but that we are really focused on local jobs and delivering like our commitment to local jobs. So that is something that we is at the centre of what we're doing. We have targets about at each level of through construction and through operations about how many what percentage of our team will come from local areas and we're exceeding that and even in the bulk earth work section which is one of the largest earth-moving projects in Australia's history where we're actually at over 50 per cent of our workforce is from the local community so we're really proud of that and it's something we want to continue and evolve and to grow those jobs over time.

We might have lost Tim actually...

Tim Poole:

Do you have anything to add have you got anything to add Angela to to just in terms of how you're looking for you know training opportunities for particularly for local people?

Angela Jeffery:

Yeah absolutely Tim so similar to the work that Simon's doing on the airport we do have our targets they align with the City Deal targets but we are working with industry to ensure that we are well in a you know in excess of achieving those targets. We we've had some great results on our Metro project in the south-west so the rail that's heading out to Bankstown and we're looking at leveraging off those opportunities so at the moment we've got a significant number of females in non-traditional trades where we're making sure that we're you know upskilling and increasing our Aboriginal participation targets so really excited about getting these contracts off the ground so that we can definitely continue to report on you know all of these initiatives coming into fruition.

Tim Poole:

Fantastic since I've got you Angela there's been a couple of questions about connectivity and the operational performance of the Metro - firstly what sort of frequency are you expecting to run Metro when it opens?

Angela Jeffery:

So there's a it's a turn up and go service so similar to the Metro product that you've seen in operations on northwest that you'll see shortly on city and southwest and there'll be no need for a timetable. It truly is a turn up and go service and it will be fully integrated with other modes of transport so there'll be a well-coordinated transport solution that that ensures you know the integration of bus services the integration of Sydney train services and then the Metro service as well the video that we played show that there was a 15-minute connection period between Saint Marys and the airport itself and a 20-minute service from Saint Marys to the Aerotropolis so I’m really pleased to confirm that from an operational perspective we're on track for delivering.

Tim Poole:

And I guess you are planning a broader integrated transport solution so there's a question here about how do you how do you how does areas like the Agri precinct connect to the Metro stations is that part of the bigger solution?

Angela Jeffery:

Yeah absolutely Tim so we're engaging with our colleagues at transport who will work closely with us to ensure we've got a fully integrated system and network so that obviously we're well serviced by rapid bus if that ends up being the best outcome the local bus network and again back to Saint Marys not necessarily the agribusiness but back to the Sydney train service.

And I think we've lost Tim again...

And Simon I think most importantly it's great that we're connecting obviously globally through the International Airport

Simon Hickey:

Yeah I think I think that's right 24/7 connectivity we haven't had that in Sydney before I think that's going to give us a real competitive advantage in the west and I think that the experience of being able to deliver that in a greenfield capacity which means we'll be a technology led airport and so the experience will be something I think that will be different than people have experienced before and you combine that with the transport that you're talking about the Metro five minutes to our new city in in Bradfield. I think that it's extraordinary what's being pulled together here.

Angela Jeffery: 

Couldn't agree more.

Tim Poole:

Okay then fantastic and look there's quite a lot of questions coming through which is great keep them coming I’m not sure if we'll get to them all but I'll do my best here. Here's one from Amanda (inaudible) from the Western Sydney Business Chamber, it's really around what what's the approach to local small and medium enterprises and how do they how do they maximize the opportunities for these construction projects?

We might start with you Anne because you're probably starting to do some of that planning in terms of how local employment procurement works do you want to have a crack at that?

Anne Skewes:

Yeah look thanks very much Tim and I think really that's a primary objective for certainly the Western Parkland City Authority but clearly to one of our objectives as we plan and develop Bradfield City Centre so engagement with our local businesses you know from the whole range of you know elements of the procurement and delivery stream for us within Bradfield will be very, very important. Our priorities at the moment in terms of our program is officially advancing our master planning work and people will see on our website there is a sort of a time frame of sort of delivery priorities that we will have mentioning over the next 12 months, in particular next year and then on a solid years of our construction delivery program so we are very keen to reach out to local businesses to and jobs...

Simon Hickey:

I might pick up because we seem to have lost them again so I'll just say that from a from an Airport perspective one we look at contracting with local businesses and we have done so today we have targets again for local business connection, but more than that we actually are putting it into our contracts. So that we're actually measuring and managing our big contractors to ensure that they are also engaged in the local community, they're engaged in local employment and they're engaged here with local businesses. So I think if you've got to be able to pass it down through our major contracts and make sure that's in those contracts as well and that we're managing and measuring that.

Angela Jeffery:

And Simon obviously with the with the Metro project not dissimilar to what you've described and I look forward to being able to well once it's once it's publicly available announce who we're partnering with to deliver these three key packages and obviously the local participation that's been considered in the procurement selection and evaluation to ensure that there is that great opportunity for local participation.

Tim Poole:

We've got a few questions coming in about the about the longer term plan for Metro, Angela and I know Transport from New South Wales is doing a lot of work on future rail planning - can you give a few high-level comments on what you know what the whole network will look like in in you know decades to come and how does that help connecting the three cities of Sydney?

Angela Jeffery:

Yeah obviously I’m Transport 2056, there's great work being done you know across government you know the Metropolis of three cities, the well-connected city there's lots of work being considered across government about how to connect people through transport in the future. For Metro in particular again referencing the video that we played at the beginning of today's session talks about you know a full kind of connected service. So obviously I love the fact that our project's considered as a stage one there's the capacity to expand you know without too much difficulty in the north and connect to the existing service at Tallawong, the connection down to the south at Macarthur and then obviously there's full provisions for our project that's being delivered in west to extend from west need and provide that connection through to the airport and Aerotropolis in the future. so it is terrific to see that that future planning up to 56 has been considered and we're doing our darndest to make it as simple and easy as possible to make those connections happen.

Tim Poole:

Fantastic there's also a question here from the Yarpa Indigenous Business Employment Hub which has delivered some fantastic outcomes already for Aboriginal (inaudible) I might just get a quick comment from all of you about the commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation but also the connection to land in I guess all things that you do I might start with Simon.

Simon Hickey:

Yeah thanks very much for that look our engagement with the local Aboriginal community is very important to us. We're developing a RAP it's with Reconciliation Australia at the moment actually and I think that's got to be central to what we're doing going forward.

More than that and so that's about what we're doing with the local community and with our Indigenous population as well in terms of employment it's also about creating a sense of place I think and it's about people knowing the you know 60,000 year connection with the land that this airport sits on and we've got a real opportunity to create a sense of place around that at our airport and that's certainly central to my vision for the airport.

Tim Poole:


Angela Jeffery:

I’m really excited to say that we've put our hand up we were really eager to put our hand up with a for the Connecting with Country pilot that's being delivered by the Government Architect and DPIE. The Connecting with Country pilot responds to you know the built form responding to our first generation our First Nations People so it's not only about considering how to ensure there's an employment mechanism but it's about how does the design and the architecture and the infrastructure respond to Country. I’m really excited to say that we awarded Sydney Metro's first seed salvage contract to ensure that we were being really respectful and considerate to the works that we'll be doing in those lands so you know really trying to embed it in everything that we do.

Tim Poole:

Fantastic now Anne I've got actually some another question that's probably more relevant to you right now and that several questions here about what how does the industry get informed of future opportunities in the Bradfield city is will there be further market soundings and industry engagement?

Anne Skewes:

Yeah thanks Tim look there absolutely will be an ongoing program for us with industry and the market around how we proceed with the development of the Bradfield City Centre registration on our website today provides a an early opportunity for both parties who would like to come forward and say that they would be very keen to engage in a dialogue with us around exploring ideas and seeking comments as we build our knowledge and understanding of the best way to deliver this Bradfield City Centre being a global hub and having great aspirations for what it delivers for Western Sydney but also in other contexts so I’d encourage anyone to come forward and register their details today Tim.

We will start our market engagement process in November so not too long away and then we'll continue that over the course of next year as we lead into further opportunities and develop our procurement strategy so really really terrific but Tim may I take a minute and respond on the Aboriginal Indigenous culture because picking up the theme Simon Angela, I just wanted to reinforce how important that is for us in respect of the development of Bradfield. I’ve talked a little bit about first building and our plans for that first building being an advanced manufacturing hub for research and collaboration, but it will be also a very important flagship building and already there's been some early think engagement will continue as we design concepts for that building, so very much for us building off the great work that Andrew and Metro are doing as well as the airport a very very strong commitment to be respectful to acknowledge Country and to have early and meaningful engagement and very open to the best you know I think around the best ways we should do that moving forward but I just wanted to reinforce the commitment of the WPCA and indeed in respect of the Bradfield City Centre that is the major commitment and priority that we have.

Tim Poole:

Fantastic so we're getting close to time now we've got time for a couple more questions and maybe this is one for each of you to wrap up and that is what this is pretty new stuff you know building an airport and a new city centre and infrastructure that's ahead of time, what sort of precedence around the world what experience has we taken to inform the way we plan these things Simon?

Simon Hickey:

So you're quite right actually building a greenfield airport with a greenfield city next to it is not something that's done every day and there's not great examples around the world even as we speak. There are some being developed there so there's one airport being developed greenfield in India at the moment, I know that Saudi’s looking at pretty close to what we're doing and we're in touch with all of the areas around the world that are looking at this and are doing the same thing. The other thing we do is we've obviously spoken and talked to airports from around the world, we're talking to airlines from around the world about what's important to them so that we make sure that we're addressing those needs, but we're also connecting to companies here and around the world that we believe are best practice in what they're doing so that we can take knowledge from outside of just airports and aviation and encompass that in a greenfield site and we believe that's a really exciting opportunity for us as we move forward is to learn from the best and implement it here in Western Sydney.

Angela Jeffery:

Yeah very, very similar approach Simon we've been engaging with the market to truly understand how we can leverage international best practice we're very clear on what the Sydney Metro product is and we want to make sure that you know everyone who engages with the Metro has a similar experience irrespective of which sign they're using.

Obviously we're very cognizant and mindful that there is one differentiator on this project and that is its connection back to the airport and making sure that you know the customer requirements are being considered as a part of that operation, so we've been as I said we've been engaging with internationals through our market engagement process and we're really excited to be leading the way here.

Tim Poole:

Finally Anne.

Anne Skewes:

Yeah thanks Tim I think I think it's as Simon said there are certainly big challenges for all of us and certainly we're at a fabulous time without thinking about the Bradfield City Centre to take a very broad view to compare and contrast and (inaudible) who are doing not just similar things everyone has a slightly different context and a slightly different you know setting and set of objectives, but we have immersed ourselves in some wonderful engagement with colleagues around the world on their experiences and their practices and I think the other important keen to get point strong message out today as we very much engage with our market and engage with industry to get the collaboration the investments that government has made for us into the Bradfield City Centre and kickstarting work is really a catalyst for a private sector investment, so we want to bring the best minds together working with us fabulous development teams and others really collaborating...

Tim Poole:

We may have lost Anne there.

Okay let's wrap it up now so for those who questions we didn't get to we'll endeavor to respond to those out of session but I do appreciate the participation and commitment from you all on this session today and I’d also just like to thank our three guests and I think what you would have seen today is that certainly these catalytic investments are in very good hands and we wish you all the best Angela, Simon and Anne and obviously look forward to working with you going forward and of course just finally this is the wrap up and I just wanted to say on behalf of the Western Parkland City Authority we really appreciate your participation today we can't do this without industry and the community, and I wish you all the very best for the weekend and for the coming months and I’d like to hand back to the Chair of the Western Parkland City Authority.

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