The New South Wales Government has established the Western City and Aerotropolis Authority (WCAA) – a body tasked with design and delivery of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.
The organisation will drive investment in the Aerotropolis and lead the master planning of the project, which incorporates eight council areas – the local government bodies of which will also join the WCAA in planning stages for the Western Parkland City.
The authority will begin by designing and overseeing delivery of the metropolitan centre of the Aerotropolis, to be established on 114 hectares of Australian Government land at North Bringelly.
Heath Infrastructure NSW CEO Sam Sangster will lead the WCCA as its new CEO, with Western Parkland City Chief Coordinator and Greater Sydney Commission Deputy Chief Commissioner Geoff Roberts in place as interim Chair.
The WCAA will also play a key role in delivering on state strategic plans, including the Greater Sydney Commission’s Western City District Plan, the Department of Planning and Environment’s Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation plan for the Aerotropolis and Transport for NSW’s Future Transport Strategy.
Establishing the authority was a commitment under the Western Sydney City Deal, as signed by three levels of government in March this year.
NSW Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the major infrastructure development will bring employment growth the Liverpool, Penrith and Campbelltown metropolitan areas, as well as Camden and the broader Western City.
“The Aerotropolis will be the catalyst for the 200,000 jobs that the three levels of government committed to creating in the Western Parkland City through the Western Sydney City Deal,” Mr. Ayres said.
“International industries are already being attracted to the Aerotropolis including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Northrop Grumman.”
Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the Aerotropolis will provide employment and lifestyle opportunities for generations to come.
“Over the next 20 years, the eight council areas within the Western Parkland City will collectively grow by 500,000 residents – as a result we are working to deliver a new city with a population of 1.5 million – bigger than the current size of Adelaide,” Mr. Tudge said.