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Western Sydney

Western Sydney City Deal at a Glance

• Realising the 30-minute city by delivering the North South Rail Link.
• Creating 200,000 jobs by supercharging the Aerotropolis and agribusiness precinct as catalysts.
• Skilling our residents in the region and initiating an Aerospace Institute.
• Respecting and building on local character through a $150 million Liveability Program.
• Coordination and innovation through a Planning Partnership.
• Getting on with delivering for the Western Parkland City with enduring tri-level governance.

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

The Smart Cities Plan

The Australian Government’s Smart Cities Plan sets out a vision for productive and liveable cities that foster innovation, support growth and create jobs. City Deals are the key mechanism to deliver on this vision by bringing together the three levels of government, the community and private enterprise to create long-term partnerships. The plan for maximising our cities’ potential is based on three pillars: Smart Investment, Smart Policy and Smart Technology.

The Smart Cities Plan represents a new framework for city policy at the federal level – and it is a framework that will support action across all levels of government to deliver better outcomes for our cities, the people who live in them and all Australians.

Western City District Plan

The Western City District Plan, prepared by the Greater Sydney Commission in collaboration with the eight councils of the Western City, is the blueprint for the coordination of land use and infrastructure in Sydney’s third city over the next 20 to 40 years.

The plan implements the NSW Government’s Greater Sydney Region Plan at a local level, focusing on infrastructure, productivity, liveability and sustainability. The district will be polycentric, featuring a ring of university towns and a revitalised South Creek, providing greener, cooler neighbourhoods with housing diversity around centres and transit nodes.

Western Sydney City Deal Videos

Western Sydney Mayors on the City Deal

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Connectivity

Deliver rail for the Western City

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The Australian and NSW governments will deliver the first stage of a North South Rail Link from St Marys to Western Sydney Airport and the Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis.

As a first step, the NSW Government will protect suitable corridors for future rail connections in Western Sydney. Both governments will contribute up to $50 million each to a business case process, in consultation with local government. This will include investigation of integrated transport and delivery options for a full North South Rail Link from Schofields to Macarthur and a South West Rail Link to connect Leppington to the Western Sydney Airport via an interchange at the Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis.

The Australian and NSW governments will be equal partners in funding the first stage of the North South Rail Link and have a shared objective to connect rail to Western Sydney Airport in time for opening, informed by the business case.

Rapid Bus services for Western City

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The NSW Government will establish rapid bus services from the metropolitan centres of Penrith, Liverpool and Campbelltown to the Western Sydney Airport before it opens in 2026, and to the Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis.

Western City Digital Action Plan

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Local governments will lead the development of a Western City Digital Action Plan in collaboration with the Australian and NSW governments, and industry partners.

Smart Western City Program

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The NSW Government will deliver a Smart Western City Program to enable NSW agencies to embed interoperable smart and secure technology – such as transport and utility monitoring systems – into new infrastructure as it is rolled out.

5G Strategy

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The NSW and local governments will develop a 5G strategy for the Western Parkland City, which will include partnering with a telecommunications carrier to deliver a trial of 5G technology.

Openly available data sets

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NSW and local governments will explore, identify and make data publicly available in line with open-data principles. To facilitate this, the Australian Government will establish a Western Parkland City data catalogue on data.gov.au and NationalMap, and support local governments to fully utilise the platform. Better access to local data has the potential to drive innovation and improved service delivery across the Western Parkland City.

Jobs for the future

Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis

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The Australian, NSW and local governments will work together to establish a Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis as a world-class city precinct that supports jobs growth. The Australian Government will enable the development of 114 hectares of Commonwealth land at North Bringelly, to accelerate jobs growth and help build the new Western Parkland City.

The NSW Government will establish an enabling infrastructure program on the Commonwealth land to kick-start servicing of the precinct.

 

Western Sydney Development Authority

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The Australian and NSW governments will establish a Western Sydney Development Authority to become master planner and master developer of the Aerotropolis with an initial focus on the Commonwealth land.

Western Sydney Investment Attraction Office

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The NSW Government, with the Australian Government and local governments, will establish the Western Sydney Investment Attraction Office in Liverpool to attract domestic and international investment. Its initial focus will be on the Aerotropolis, as well as supporting existing industrial areas and employment centres.

Investment Attraction Fund

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The NSW Government will establish an Investment Attraction Fund to support the work of the Investment Attraction Office.

Establish jobs in the region

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The Australian Government will establish the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Quality and Safeguards Commission in Penrith, creating up to 150 new jobs in Western Sydney.

High-value employment precincts

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The NSW Government will deliver a Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan and an associated State Environmental Planning Policy to set the planning framework for the Aerotropolis and the broader Western Sydney Airport Growth Area. These policies will identify key employment precincts, and safeguard the operation of the Western Sydney Airport.

Surplus government land to drive jobs growth

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The Australian Government will release the Penrith Multi-User Depot for sale, to be used to support jobs growth in the Penrith CBD. 

The NSW and local governments will review government land and explore opportunities for release of surplus or underutilised land and assets to drive economic growth.

Agribusiness precinct

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

Indigenous business hub

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The Australian Government will establish an Indigenous Business Hub in the Western City, to capitalise on the opportunity for Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs. The hub will deliver coordinated business support services to support a thriving Indigenous business sector.

Indigenous small business and skills package

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The NSW Government will deliver an Indigenous small business and skills package across the Western Parkland City, including a new Opportunity Hub in Liverpool and an expansion of the Opportunity Hub in Campbelltown to help connect Indigenous school leavers with jobs; an Indigenous Business Connect Program to support Indigenous people to start or grow a business; 50 additional Bert Evans scholarships and mentoring support for young people; and a dedicated Aboriginal Enterprise Development Officer Program.

Indigenous, social and local participation targets

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The Australian and NSW Governments will work to adopt Indigenous, social and local employment and procurement targets in construction projects, including a 2.4 per cent indigenous employment target and a 3 per cent Indigenous procurement target for construction projects in the district. Details on the timing for introduction of these targets will be included in the City Deal Implementation Plan.

The NSW Government will support the introduction of these targets by increasing funding for apprenticeships and traineeships in Western Sydney, and for pre-vocational qualifications.

Skills and Education

TAFE skills exchange near Western Sydney Airport

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TAFE NSW will work with the Australian Government and WSA Co to establish a Skills Exchange near the Western Sydney Airport, to provide local training for the workers needed to construct the Airport and other major projects.

Education partnership

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NSW will seek to establish a partnership agreement on education to identify and deliver more education facilities for the Western City to support urban growth over time, in a manner consistent with the School Assets Strategic Plan.

STEM university

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The NSW Government will call for proposals from leading global universities and industry to form part of an integrated Aerospace Institute in the Aerotropolis.

VET facility in the Aerotropolis

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The NSW Government will establish a permanent VET facility in the Aerotropolis with a focus on construction, aviation and aeronautical-related engineering to support residents of the Western Parkland City to access jobs of the future.

New public high school focused on the aerospace and aviaiton industries

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The NSW Government will build a new public high school in the Aerotropolis with vocational links to Western Sydney Airport and the aerospace and aviation industries, preparing students for future job opportunities.

Liveability and Environment

Western Parkland City Liveability Program

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The $150 million Western Parkland City Liveability Program is a key commitment under the City Deal and has been established with contributions of $60 million from both the Australian and NSW governments, and $30 million from the eight councils of the Western Parkland City.

The Program will support the growth of the Western Parkland City by providing essential community infrastructure. Projects will contribute to more liveable communities and deliver local facilities that promote healthy active lifestyles and support the arts, culture and creativity.

More information is in the media release and on the Liveability Program website.

Centre of Innovation in Plant Sciences

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The NSW Government will create a Western Sydney Centre of Innovation in Plant Sciences at the Australian Botanic Garden in Mount Annan.

Restore and protect South Creek

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The South Creek corridor from Narellan to Hawkesbury has been identified as an important environmental spine for the Western Parkland City. The NSW Government will develop a strategy for South Creek that will investigate its restoration and protection.

Strategic assessment under the EPBC Act

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The Australian and NSW governments will progress a Strategic Assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) to protect the environment and streamline environmental approvals for development.

Western Sydney Health Alliance

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Local governments, in collaboration with health partners, will establish the Western Sydney Health Alliance to improve coordination and effectiveness of health services in the region, supporting healthier neighbourhoods.

Planning and Housing

Housing targets for the Western Parkland City

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The NSW Government will set and publish 5- and 20-year housing targets for each local government area to deliver at least 184,500 homes over the next 20 years consistent with the targets in the Western City District Plan.

Fast-track local housing strategies

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The Australian and NSW governments will accelerate adoption of new Local Environmental Plans, and associated local housing strategies, by providing $2.5 million incentive payments to Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly. New plans will be agreed within two years, and set a course to achieve local housing targets and better quality outcomes for local communities.

New Growth Area for the Greater Penrith to Eastern Creek corridor

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The Australian and NSW governments will undertake land use and infrastructure planning for a new Growth Area for the Greater Penrith to Eastern Creek corridor. This will ensure new housing can be planned, delivered and integrated with new infrastructure such as schools, health care and transport.

Uniform local government engineering standards and telecommunications planning

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The Australian Government will support council development of uniform, best practice local government engineering design standards to simplify the development assessment process, deliver better outcomes for local residents and reduce costs to homebuyers.

The NSW and local governments will support enhanced telecommunications and connectivity outcomes through better consideration of telecommunications needs in planning processes in line with national best practice – ensuring appropriate design for telecommunications services in new developments and the public domain.

Pilot Growth Infrastructure Compacts

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The NSW Government will establish pilot Growth Infrastructure Compacts for the Western Parkland City. The compacts will coordinate planning and delivery of new housing supply and ensure that the required infrastructure is delivered as it is needed.

Western Sydney Planning Partnership

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The NSW Government will create a new planning partnership with the growth councils – Liverpool, Penrith, Campbelltown, Camden, Wollondilly – in conjunction with Blacktown to achieve more efficient and higher quality outcomes.

Transport and water infrastructure models

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The NSW and Australian governments will develop transport and water infrastructure models to innovatively plan for future infrastructure needs. These models will accelerate development assessment processes and streamline infrastructure delivery, and support the Growth Infrastructure Compacts.

Implementation and Governance

Long-term governance

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The three levels of government will establish a long-term governance arrangement. This will oversee the delivery of the City Deal and the enduring growth and sustainability of the Western Parkland City. The Implementation Board will establish mechanisms to consult with stakeholders.

Progress

A long-term governance arrangement has been established by three levels of government. This tri-level governance comprises the Leadership Group, Implementation Board and Coordination Committee. Each level of governance will meet at regular intervals during the delivery of the Deal.

The Western Sydney City Deal Delivery Office (staffed by Australian, NSW and local governments) supports the tri-level governance and delivers key commitments.

Western Sydney City Deal Implementation Plan

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The three levels of government will agree and publish an implementation plan for the City Deal in 2018. The implementation plan will clearly define how these commitments will be delivered, when they will be delivered and who will be responsible.

Progress

The Australian, NSW and local governments agreed and released an implementation plan for the Western Sydney City Deal in December 2018. This plan is a commitment within the City Deal and provides the detail on the delivery of each of its commitments. The City Deal contains 38 commitments and is already delivering for the Western Parkland City.

Key Achievements

Key achievements since the signing of the Deal on 4 March 2018 include:

1. Realising the 30-minute city by delivering public transport for the Western Parkland City

  • Stage 1 of the North South Rail Link (from St Marys to Western Sydney Aerotropolis via Western Sydney Airport) will be operational by 2026, as the beginning of what will form the spine of the Western Parkland City and transform connectivity throughout the region
  • Business case work is underway and will be completed by the end of 2019 ($100 million shared contribution from the Australian and NSW governments)

2. Creating 200,000 jobs by supercharging the Western Parkland City

  • The Western City and Aerotropolis Authority has been established as master planner and master developer of the Aerotropolis
  • Western Sydney Aerotropolis: Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan was released for consultation
  • $5 million Investment Attraction Fund was launched
  • Western Sydney Investment Attraction Office has been established in Liverpool
  • The NSW Government has investment agreements with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Hitachi (three of Japan’s biggest multinationals), Northrop Grumman, Vitex Pharmaceuticals, Sydney Markets, the NUW Alliance (University of Newcastle, University of NSW, University of Wollongong) and Western Sydney University to establish a presence in the Aerotropolis
  • Indigenous Business Hub has been established in an interim location to deliver coordinated business support services to grow a thriving Indigenous business sector
  • NDIS Commission opened in Penrith
  • Feasibility study into a world-class agribusiness precinct at Western Sydney Aerotropolis is underway

3. Skilling our residents in the region and initiating new education opportunities

  • Announcement that the NUW Alliance (University of Newcastle, University of NSW, University of Wollongong) and Western Sydney University will jointly deliver a world-class higher education and research presence specialising in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by 2026
  • Scoping of a Skills Exchange near Western Sydney Airport commenced, to provide local training for the workers needed to construct the airport and other major projects
     

4. Respecting and building on local character, enhancing liveability and improving the quality of the local environment

  • The Liveability Program will deliver improved community facilities and urban amenity, and enhance liveability to enable and complement new housing supply
  • Applications for the first round of funding completed and successful projects will commence in 2019
     

5. Innovative approaches to planning and delivery of housing

  • The Planning Partnership has been established, drawing together representatives of all eight Western Parkland City councils as well as Blacktown City Council, and representatives from the  NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Transport for NSW, Sydney Water and the Greater Sydney Commission
     

6. Getting on with delivering for the Western Parkland City through enduring tri-level governance

  • Establishment of tri-level governance through Leadership Group, Implementation Board and Coordination Committee meeting regularly since April 2018
  • Release of an implementation plan which clearly defines how and when the City Deal commitments will be delivered, who will be responsible and key performance metrics

Click here to view the Western Sydney City Deal report card.

Next Steps

The three levels of government will continue to work collaboratively to deliver the commitments under the City Deal.

Over the next 20 years of the City Deal, the community will be able to track its progress. Reports will be published annually and the first of these reports will be released in 2019. A formal review of the Deal will be undertaken in 2021. The review will consider priorities and next steps and will report on progress against milestones and longer-term key performance metrics.

Key performance metrics

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To monitor the impact of the commitments delivered through the Western Sydney City Deal, parties will agree and publish key performance metrics in the implementation plan.

The City Deal will be evaluated three years after its signing.

Progress

As well as measuring inputs and processes, key performance metrics will enable an assessment of the value that the City Deal produces for residents of the Western Parkland City. The development of performance measures is an ongoing process that will evolve and adapt over time through experience and the emergence of new data. Longer-term milestones for certain projects will be determined subject to further planning.

Work with Indigenous organisations to maximise opportunities

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The three levels of government commit to work with Indigenous organisations in the Western Parkland City, to realise economic, social and cultural outcomes for Aboriginal people in Western Sydney.