Western Sydney City Deal to deliver rail links to new airport

WCN Editorial Team 8 Mar 2018 OCEANIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian and eight Western Sydney councils have agreed on a 20-year Western Sydney City Deal – a plan designed to deliver long-term prosperity for the region.

Under the deal, Western Sydney will get a North South Rail link from St Marys to Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis via Western Sydney Airport; an Aerotropolis, including Commonwealth-owned land at North Bringelly, and an Investment Attraction Office to attract investment to the Western Parkland City.

The deal will also deliver a new planning regime for Western Sydney to cut development costs and boost housing supply; a $150m Western Parkland City Liveability Programme to deliver community facilities; new STEM-focussed education facilities to train skilled workers needed for the Aerotropolis; and a plan to embed smart digital technology in the Western City.

The Turnbull and Berejiklian governments have committed to the first stage of the North South Rail Link and both governments have a joint objective of having rail connected to the Western Sydney Airport in time for the opening of the airport.

The two governments have agreed to construct the North South Rail Link, each contributing 50% of the funding.

Both governments will each commit $50m for a business case on the full North South rail line to finalise a route and station locations. They will also test private sector interest in station developments and explore innovative financing solutions.

The North South rail line is expected to support thousands of new jobs and homes for Western Sydney.

The NSW government will establish rapid bus services from the metropolitan centres of Penrith, Liverpool and Campbelltown to the Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis and to Western Sydney Airport before it opens.

The parties also committed to delivering the Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis to become Western Sydney’s advanced manufacturing, research, medical, education and commercial hub, which will drive new investment and attract high-value jobs to the region.

Land owned by the Commonwealth at North Bringelly will be part of the Aerotropolis.

An Aerotropolis Development Authority will be established with NSW and Commonwealth representation on the board to enable development of the Aerotropolis.

The NSW government will also establish an Investment Attraction office to coordinate national and international investment to the Western Parkland City and the Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis. It will be located in Liverpool.

The councils will lead a new streamlined planning regime for Western Sydney through a new Planning Partnership to reduce cost for development, boost housing supply and protect airport operations.

A Western Parkland City Liveability Programme will provide grant funding to local governments to deliver community facilities and amenities, enabling new housing supply. Both governments will each contribute $60m and local councils will contribute $30m.

New STEM-focussed secondary, vocational and tertiary education facilities will be established to train skilled workers for the high-tech sectors to be established at the Aerotropolis, construction of the airport and other major projects.

A telecommunications carrier will carry out 5G trials in the western city for which a 5G strategy will be developed.

The NSW government will order a feasibility study into an agribusiness precinct for the Western Parkland City.

An implementation plan for the Western Sydney City Deal will be released in 2018.

On 21 October 2016, the Australian and NSW governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on City Deals, with a first priority to deliver a City Deal for Western Sydney.

The City Deal sets out a plan to make use of the opportunity created by the Turnbull government’s delivery of the AUD5.3b ($4.14bn) Western Sydney Airport.

The Western Sydney City Deal is a partnership between the Turnbull and Berejiklian governments and local governments of Camden, Liverpool, Campbelltown, Penrith, the Blue Mountains, Wollondilly, Hawkesbury and Fairfield.

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