Health, research and advanced manufacturing
Government investment in the Western Sydney Airport and the Western Sydney Aerotropolis will help to establish a fourth health and education precinct in the Western Parkland City, connected to the existing health and education precincts in Liverpool, Greater Penrith and Campbelltown-Macarthur.
Government investment in the growth of these health and education precincts will:
- diversify job opportunities across Greater Sydney
- help realise the vision of a ‘30 minute’ city by creating high-value jobs closer to home for the population of the Western Parkland City
- strengthen the international competitiveness of the economy, particularly in innovation.
By 2020, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to become the world’s second-largest medtech market, providing significant export opportunities and market accessibility for businesses based in the Western Parkland City.
Medical expertise in the Western Sydney Aerotropolis will be connected to the three established health and education precincts, as well as four Western Sydney University campuses and the new University of Wollongong campus in Liverpool. Health and education precincts offer many opportunities to drive and support international competitiveness.
There are already a number of investments underway to support the delivery of health activities in Western Sydney, including:
- Nepean Hospital redevelopment – A$1.026 billion
- Campbelltown Hospital redevelopment and expansion – A$1.282 billion
- Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals redevelopment – more than A$700 million.
The commitment to build an Aerospace Institute in the Aerotropolis will be a significant opportunity for this metropolitan centre to provide education and research for its growing industries. The world-class institute will include a STEM university, a high performance secondary school and an advanced vocational education and training facility.
Western Sydney is home to one of the largest industrial estates in the Southern Hemisphere
The Smithfield-Wetherill Park Industrial Estate is the hub of manufacturing and distribution in Western Sydney. At the geographical centre of Sydney’s major industrial zones (and 13 kilometres east of the Airport) it sits strategically between the major growth zones in the north-west and south-west. The estate is home to more than 1,000 manufacturing, wholesale, transport and services firms, which employ more than 20,000 people.