Frequently asked questions
New South Wales is experiencing change on an unprecedented scale. As we begin to look towards the future, we need cities that are resilient and sustainable; advanced yet inclusive of culture, environments and people. Places that harness the energy of local industry while attracting global investment and knowledge.
The Western Parkland City is one such place of opportunity. It’s the economic powerhouse of Greater Sydney, generating more than $56 billion Gross Regional Product (GRP) per year through industry sectors including manufacturing, freight and logistics, health, tourism and agribusiness.
From the Blue Mountains, to Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly, it boasts incredible cultural diversity, natural assets and a thriving small business sector.
It's not hard to see why the Western Parkland City is a place of growth and opportunity: it possesses all the ingredients and the momentum. It’s why all three levels of government are investing over $20 billion through the Western Sydney City Deal.
What is the Western Parkland City Authority (WPCA)?
The WPCA is the NSW Government agency responsible for delivering, coordinating and attracting investment to the Western Parkland City. A key component of this work is the delivery of Bradfield City Centre along with more strategic work such as the preparation of a Blueprint and Economic Development Strategy for the Western Parkland City.
In July 2020, it was announced that the Western Parkland City Authority was being established to bring a new focus on expansive collaboration between local, state and federal government across the entire Western Parkland City. This expanded the remit of the Western Parkland City Authority (formerly the Western City & Aerotropolis Authority) to the entire Western Parkland City.
The WPCA’s role is to work closely with the eight Western Parkland City councils (Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly), multiple state and Commonwealth departments, business, higher education institutions, landholders and the community.
Our focus is to realise the enormous opportunity presented by the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport and the $20 billion-plus City Deal – a trilateral government investment already earmarked for the City.
We do this by taking a holistic and collaborative approach to achieve the best possible outcomes in infrastructure, liveability, investment, job growth and sustainability for business and communities.
What is the Western Sydney Aerotropolis?
The Western Sydney Aerotropolis (Aerotropolis) is a 11,200-hectare area surrounding the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport located within the Western Parkland City (but not including the airport itself). It is located within the Liverpool and Penrith local government areas.
The Western Sydney Aerotropolis will be Australia’s next global gateway. Leveraging the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport and a significant pipeline of infrastructure projects, the Aerotropolis will become an economic powerhouse driving the productivity of New South Wales and Western Sydney through this century and beyond.
The Aerotropolis will play a critical role in making Greater Sydney a 30-minute city. Connecting with the metropolitan centres of Liverpool, Greater Penrith and Campbelltown-Macarthur, the Aerotropolis will provide unprecedented opportunities for the people of the Western Sydney Parkland City.
The Aerotropolis contains 10 precincts, six of which will be the focus of initial Precinct Plans.
Bradfield City Centre • Agribusiness • Badgerys Creek • Mamre Road • Northern Gateway • Wianamatta– South Creek
Dwyer Road • Kemps Creek • North Luddenham • Rossmore
The Aerotropolis will become a hub of industry and innovation, attracting local and global companies drawn to the enormous potential of the Western Parkland City and the airport that serves it.
The Aerotropolis will have a specific focus on advanced manufacturing such as 3D printing; quantum computing; artificial intelligence; aerospace and defence industries; an agribusiness precinct for high tech food production and pharmaceutical manufacturing; a 24/7 global freight and logistics network together with new models of training and education.
What are Precinct Plans?
Draft Precinct Plans were recently exhibited by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for the first five precincts (including Bradfield) to be delivered in the Aerotropolis.
The precinct plans establish the strategic vision and general objectives, proposed land uses and performance criteria for development of land. They also provide the approach to both infrastructure and water cycle management.
DPIE’s precinct plans include detailed considerations such as a road network and open space such as parks. They include the physical characteristics that make up built-up areas such as building height, width, depth and scale in and surrounding the Bradfield City Centre.
For more information please visit the NSW Government Planning Portal.
When will the Airport and metro line be built?
Construction of Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport is underway and on track to begin operation in 2026. The Australian Government is responsible for delivering the airport.
The NSW Government is constructing a new metro rail line that will become the transport spine for Greater Western Sydney, connecting communities and travellers with the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport and the growing region.
The project includes six new stations, including one at Bradfield City Centre.
The Australian and NSW governments have a shared objective of having Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport operational when Western Sydney International airport opens for passenger services.
For more information visit the Sydney Metro website.
The government has announced it has signed a number of MoUs, what does that mean?
We have 18 memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Foundation Partners and a growing number of industry partnership agreements in place with some of the biggest national and global leaders to co-design, locate and invest capital into the Aerotropolis.
These partners bring with them expertise, skills and knowledge for Western Sydney. They’ll network with our local experts to build capabilities, upskill the workforce and identify enterprise and businesses who can provide value-added industries and activate supply chains.
How can local businesses get involved?
What has the NSW Government announced about the Bradfield City Centre?
On Tuesday 15th June 2021 the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced over $1 billion in funding to start building the Bradfield City Centre. This is the next step in delivering Australia’s newest, most advanced, green and connected city.
The announcement included funding for:
- Enabling works that will provide the foundation infrastructure such as utilities and services to kick start broader private sector development;
- The first building that will include a visitor centre as well as a high-tech research facility. The facility will provide shared use equipment for research institutions and industry partners to enable collaborative innovation;
- New community and recreation facilities including 36 hectares of open public space, plus retail and childcare; and
- A new model for education and training to deliver over 7,000 micro-credential courses.
Where is the new Bradfield City Centre?
The new Bradfield City Centre is located within the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. It will be built on Government land near Badgerys Creek Road, Bringelly, on the doorstep of the of the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport.
At the heart of the City Centre will be the new Metro Station which will be minutes by train to the Airport Station.
When will work start on the Bradfield City Centre?
Work will start on the Bradfield City Centre later in the year, subject to all necessary approvals and community engagement. The work will include the first building to be delivered in 2023, close to the site of the future Metro Station.
This work will provide the foundation for the Bradfield City Centre which will continue to grow and evolve over the next 30 years.
What is the New Education and Training Model (NETM)?
The NETM is a new approach to education and training which will deliver over 7,000 micro-credential courses.
The NETM adopts a micro-credential approach, delivering small-scale packages of learning that allow people to build knowledge, skills and experience in a particular subject area aligned to employer needs.
For employers, this means access to an agile and highly skilled workforce who can meet the demands of advanced industry. For students and workers, it means access to lifelong learning and the potential for an exciting career that can evolve over time.
The NETM is currently being developed in cooperation with universities and TAFE NSW.
Will there be an opportunity for the community to shape how the new city will look?
We believe that anyone who sees their future businesses, jobs and lives in the Aerotropolis should have a voice in helping to form it, and we will be clear about the opportunities to do so.
Our goal is to work with you to imagine a city beyond anything that has been built yet – and then collaborate with community, industry, councils and government to build it.
Watch out for:
- Distribution of a regular community newsletter (register for your copy here)
- Updates to this website
- Social media updates on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
- Community conversations
If you have additional questions you can call us on 1800 312 999.