“Go west!” The famous American quote is still good advice for Australia’s young men and women. Now Australia’s third largest economy, Western Sydney is expected to grow from three to four million people over the coming 20 years, creating huge potential and opportunities.
To meet the long-term needs of this exploding region, over the coming decade the Australian and NSW Governments are committed to investing $3.6 billion in its infrastructure. The Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan (WSIP) aims to support an integrated transport solution for the region, maximise its economy, and establish it as an increasingly desirable place to live and work.
A forecast 4,000 new jobs (both direct and associated) will be generated over the 10-year plan across a diverse economic base. Parramatta will increasingly take its place as the west’s city centre.
The plan will reduce congestion and cut travel times through investment in a series of major road upgrading initiatives in advance of the new Western Sydney Airport’s opening at Badgerys Creek, timelined for mid-2020.
These high-profile road projects are already delivering employment and growth for Western Sydney as they help to meet its future transport and aviation needs. The WSIP’s second report documents a surge in jobs growth after construction commenced in the last year on three key projects - the Bringelly Road development, Northern Road and Werrington Arterial Road roading upgrades.
The Northern Road project alone has created over $30 million in contract work for some 150 local contractors and businesses. As well as confirming that work is underway on preparation of the Badgerys Creek airport site, the report notes that other advancements for the new airport include the finalisation of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
Generating 113,000 new jobs over the next 20 years
By 2019 approximately 1,798 fulltime jobs had been created by the plan as its initial roading and airport projects got underway. Local western Sydney businesses have been awarded $163 million in contracts for WSIP projects. Of the current 636 businesses working on WSIP projects, 373 are locally based in western Sydney.
Going forward, the Interim Plan encourages growth for existing industries while introducing new knowledge-intensive businesses, creating an overall forecast of 113,000 new jobs over the next 20 years as western Sydney and its infrastructure grow. Large-scale transport initiatives now in planning include the Parramatta Light Rail and Sydney Metro West and will offer exciting career employment opportunities.
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