The Federal and New South Wales governments and eight Western Sydney councils have signed a Western Sydney City Deal to help the area manage future population growth, transport issues and infrastructure requirements.
Participating councils include Blue Mountains City Council, Hawkesbury City Council, Camden Council, Liverpool City Council, Campbelltown City Council, Penrith City Council, Fairfield City Council and Wollondilly Shire Council.
The deal will deliver:
A North South Rail Link from St Marys to Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis via Western Sydney Airport. The Federal and NSW governments will each commit $50 million for a business case on the full North South rail line to finalise a route and station locations, building on the evidence base of the joint Rail Needs Scoping Study.
An 'Aerotropolis' including Commonwealth-owned land at North Bringelly, intended to become Western Sydney's advanced manufacturing, research, medical, education and commercial hub, benefiting from access to the Western Sydney Airport. An Aerotropolis Development Authority will be established with NSW and Commonwealth representation on the board.
An Investment Attraction Office located in Liverpool to attract investment to the Western Parkland City
New planning regime for Western Sydney to be led by councils through a new Planning Partnership. to cut development costs and boost housing supply
A $150m Western Parkland City Liveability Program will provide grant funding to local governments to deliver community facilities and amenities that will enable new housing supply. . The Federal and NSW governments will each contribute $60m and local councils will contribute $30m.
New STEM-focussed secondary, vocational and tertiary education facilities will be established around Western Sydney Airport to train the skilled workers needed for the high-tech sectors to be established at the Aerotropolis, as well as to construct the airport and other major projects.
A 5G strategy for the Western City will be developed, with plans to implement a trial to be led by a telecommunications carrier.
The NSW Government will commission a feasibility study into an agribusiness precinct for the Western Parkland City.