From a local government perspective, rapid population growth in Western Sydney (already happening and forecasted to increase exponentially) is being addressed with new home approvals – 17,000 new homes given the go-ahead by councils in Sydney’s West in the last 12 months. Also likely to help the housing squeeze, is that, according to the NSW Dept of Planning, 63 per cent of all detached house completions in Sydney in the past year were in Blacktown, Camden, Liverpool and the Hills Shire areas.
Currently, 30 per cent of people in Western Sydney travel out of the area for work. Various aspects of the proposed City Deal will aim to make that commute easier, and, by bringing more jobs to Western Sydney, reduce or eliminate the commute for some workers.
The State Government is driving connectivity via the extension of the new Sydney Metro West which it plans to have built by the mid-2020s. Transport Minister Andrew Constance says 'the Western Sydney Airport is an airport for the people of western Sydney and the question becomes the best way to link the cities of western Sydney – be it the Blacktowns, the Penriths, the Liverpools, the Campbelltowns to the airport in a way that ultimately gives the best opportunity for that airport’s success.' At capacity, the new metro line will move more than 40,000 people an hour in each direction.
From a national perspective, Angus Taylor notes that, since coming to government in 2013, the Federal Coalition has invested over $12 billion in transport infrastructure in and around Western Sydney, which will also support the emergence of the Western Sydney city.
Jobs and industry
Global security company Northrop Grumman’s commitment to a $50 million centre at the airport for its defence and aviation electronic component manufacturing is a huge endorsement of the commercial possibilities, Mr Fletcher said. Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher said.
The Federal Government is projecting there will be 13,000 jobs created within the airport precinct, including 2200 office-based jobs, 1900 for technicians and tradespeople, and 1900 for emergency workers and flight attendants. It is also expected the airport will attract new major projects such as the Science Park at Luddenham and potentially a hi-tech manufacturing centre on Sydney University land nearby, creating further job opportunities within the region.