Western Sydney Centres: Beyond Recovery, was produced in partnership with our friends at the Centre for Western Sydney and the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue. It looks beyond the well-known, ‘big-ticket’ projects synonymous with the region’s growth story and instead, focuses on key accessibility elements critical to driving economic development and delivering improved social and environmental outcomes.
Alana Newbrook, WSP’s Director – Advisory and Regional Director – Sydney / Greater Western Sydney states ‘Western Sydney is where it’s all happening at the moment. New airports, roads, metros, industries are just the tip of the iceberg. Add in a pandemic which makes us rethink how we live, where we work and what the jobs of the future are; and you quickly realize the enormity of the opportunity to do something great building this city.
Our paper provides an outline of what we believe needs to be considered in this golden opportunity in time to ensure we unlock the full economic, social and environmental potential as we build our global city.’
Focusing on the key themes of: healthy and accessible places, retention and attraction of talent and understanding people and place, the report is spatially focussed on the urban centres of South-West Sydney and the Western Parkland City; specifically: Liverpool, Bankstown, Campbelltown-Macarthur, Penrith and ‘the Aerotropolis’ (Badgerys Creek).
The report makes a number of recommendations— through the lens of accessibility—to support jobs and industry growth. Importantly, these recommendations are framed in relation to the broader imperative of improving the way communities and cities connect.
Western Sydney Centres: Beyond Recovery promotes the delivery of more accessible, connected and liveable places, ensuring that the region’s human capital, is recognised and prioritised, as much as its infrastructure pipeline.