Creating Sydney's third city

Map - three cities

The New South Wales Government has set out its strategy to boost growth and liveability through a redesign of Greater Sydney as a ‘metropolis of three cities’:

  • the Western Parkland City
  • the Central River City
  • the Eastern Harbour City.

The Western Parkland City incorporates the existing centres of Liverpool, Greater Penrith and Campbelltown-Macarthur, with the new Airport and Aerotropolis at its centre.

It offers residents and workers liveability and natural beauty, with large areas of green space and the recreational opportunities of the Nepean River and Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area at its doorstep.

The economy of the Western Parkland City is powered by retail, hospitality and industrial activities including advanced manufacturing, tourism, and trade and logistics, and anchored by thriving health and education precincts already established in Liverpool, Greater Penrith and Campbelltown-Macarthur.

Defence organisations and the defence industry already have a strong presence in the Western Parkland City:

  • The region is home to the Royal Australian Air Force Richmond and Glenbrook air bases.
  • Western Sydney is a major driver of advanced manufacturing, with links to aerospace and defence industry organisations including Northrop Grumman, Thales, Safran Defence, Airbus Group, Hawker Pacific and Aviall.

Planning is underway

The largest planning and investment partnership in Australia’s history

The Australian Prime Minister, New South Wales Premier and eight Western Sydney mayors have signed the Western Sydney City Deal, a 20-year agreement to deliver significant infrastructure, lifestyle and amenity investments, and employment opportunities for the Western Parkland City, in which the Aerotropolis is located.

The deal helps grow the Western Parkland City as a vibrant and thriving area – with improved connectivity, jobs for the future, and new skills and education opportunities.

The deal includes:

  • delivering a new North South Rail Link to the existing Sydney rail network, including connections from the Aerotropolis to the new Airport and beyond
  • supercharging the Aerotropolis and delivering industry precincts to create 200,000 new jobs across Western Sydney
  • skilling residents in the region for this new opportunity by creating an Aerospace Institute – including a vocational training facility, high- performance secondary school, a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) university, and skills exchange
  • more efficient planning outcomes through better coordination
  • an enduring governance arrangement involving all levels of government and the private sector to deliver the Western Parkland City
  • a A$150 million Liveability Program to enhance local amenity.

The City Deal is the single largest planning, investment and delivery partnership in the history of Australia, and it is now underway. It creates a once-in-a-generation opportunity for industry and governments to work together to develop the new Aerotropolis, which is specifically designed to support private-sector access to markets in Australia and overseas, and drive economic growth.

A Chief Coordinator for the Western Parkland City will ensure land-use and infrastructure planning are integrated.

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Local land-use planning

Planning for the early‑activation of the Aerotropolis and Western Sydney Airport is on track. Major infrastructure investments are in planning, establishing a clear and simple regulatory environment for the Aerotropolis.

Fundamental to this environment is a tri‑government approach to land-use planning – under the Western Sydney City Deal between the Australian, New South Wales and local governments – to provide certainty and clarity for investors.Early activation of the Aerotropolis will be focused on the precincts around the significant infrastructure investments already identified by the Australian and New South Wales governments, including Western Sydney Airport and stage 1 of the North South Rail Link.

The central Aerotropolis area at Badgerys Creek is expected to be focused on high‑tech, education and health, defence and aerospace industries, and retail land uses.

A Northern Gateway area runs along the proposed North South Rail Link corridor, and will likely include technology-based, mixed-use communities centred around the new rail stations. The areas near Elizabeth Drive, particularly those that will be noise-affected, will be suitable for freight and logistics services.

The South Creek area will be aimed at retaining water within the landscape, including through lakes, water for new urban forests and the creation of green spaces.

The Western Sydney Airport Growth Area Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan will be released by the New South Wales Government in 2018. This plan, and the subsequent State Environmental Planning Policy, will set out the approach to the identification and funding of infrastructure including value sharing.

Commercial development of the Airport will be planned and managed by WSA Co in parallel with the early activation precincts for the Aerotropolis.

Flexibility and adaptability will be built into the zoning process for the Aerotropolis precincts to allow diversity and innovation in industries and land uses. Precinct plans will be prepared to enable accelerated re‑zoning and to support the design and construction of the new rail line.

Land owners and developers will be able to participate in the development of the precinct plans, with procedures for this participation to be included in the Western Sydney Airport Growth Area Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan.

The Western Sydney Development Authority, to be established by the New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments, will have a central role in developing the Aerotropolis, consistent with the Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan.

Freight networks are established

Freight and logistics connectivity will be enabled through dedicated space within the Aerotropolis, connected to key freight and logistics precincts throughout Greater Sydney.

For example, the Moorebank Intermodal Company is building its intermodal terminal situated between the existing Sydney Airport and the Aerotropolis.

The terminal will deliver facilities such as:

  • an import-export terminal with a capacity to handle up to 1.05 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) per year of international containerised freight
  • an interstate terminal with a capacity to handle up to 500,000 TEU of interstate and regional freight per year
  • up to 850,000 square metres of high-specification warehousing, where containers can be unpacked before delivery of their contents to its final destination.

The New South Wales Government has identified a new Western Sydney Freight rail corridor. The corridor will:

  • link to existing freight lines in Sydney
  • ensure businesses operating in the Aerotropolis have access to a dedicated freight line and intermodal
  • allow efficient rail transport of goods and services in and out of the Aerotropolis.

Digital connectivity plans are in place

Investors will have access to world-class digital connectivity through the rollout of four key initiatives:

  • Western City Digital Action Plan
    This plan will set out a vision for information and communications technology and digital connectivity in a 21stcentury city. It will be led by local governments in collaboration with the Australian and New South Wales governments, and industry partners.
  • Smart Western City Program
    This is planned by the New South Wales Government to enable state government agencies to embed interoperable smart and secure technology (e.g. transport and utility monitoring systems) into new infrastructure as it is rolled out in the city.
  • 5G Strategy
    The New South Wales 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, with a view to rolling out the technology to metropolitan centres as it becomes available. The future rollout of 5G mobile technology will be a step-change for mobile wireless communications – unlocking new possibilities for the Western Parkland City, with far-reaching economic and social benefits.
  • Western Parkland City Data Catalogue
    New South Wales and local governments will 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 both and NationalMap, and support local governments to fully utilise the platform. Better access to local data has the potential to drive innovation and improve service delivery across the Western Parkland City.

One authority to immediately start developing the Aerotropolis

The Australian and New South Wales governments are establishing a Western Sydney Development Authority to master plan and curate development within the Aerotropolis, with an initial focus on the Commonwealth lands at North Bringelly.

With a simplified and efficient approach, development of industry facilities will proceed at a faster rate. The authority will also improve planning, integration and connection to other services.

It will have the capacity to work directly with industry partners to plan and design tailored facilities and developments to cater for industry needs. This includes providing enabling infrastructure and services to enhance connectivity, and efficient access to key enablers such as the new Airport and freight links.

A Western Parkland City Planning Partnership will be established with local councils to streamline planning processes.

Connecting investors with local partners and government

Western Sydney Investment Attraction Office

A joint government initiative, the Western Sydney Investment Attraction Office based in Liverpool will coordinate the approach to attract new domestic and international investment and business into the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, across all three levels of government (Australian, New South Wales and local governments).

The office will play a critical role as a conduit for those looking to capitalise on the competitive advantages of the Aerotropolis.

It will provide facilitated concierge services for investors and access to governments at decision-making levels. It will help investors more easily establish their presence in the Aerotropolis and drive jobs growth in the Western Parkland City.

The office will help investors connect to partners in Western Sydney, including government agencies, planning officials, and industry groups to assist in identifying opportunities and realising investment potential in the Aerotropolis and across Western Sydney.