UDIA NSW applauds plan to leverage skills in Western Parklands City and support 200,000 jobs

Yesterday’s release of the Draft Western Parkland City Blueprint and the Draft Economic Development Roadmap – Phase 1 announced by Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney and Minister for Trade and Industry Stuart Ayres was welcomed by UDIA NSW.

The two draft documents identify the five fundamental shifts in the thinking and planning for the Western Parkland City. They also identify the next round of infrastructure priorities required to support the effective function and operation of the entire Western Parkland City.

“UDIA NSW has a strong commitment to Western Sydney through our NextGenWest campaign and specifically through our Western Parkland City Leadership Panel. We agree with the NSW Government’s forecast that 25% of NSW’s growth will occur in the Western Parkland City over the next 20 years which will require a commensurate amount of the State’s infrastructure budget,” said Steve Mann, CEO, UDIA NSW.

UDIA’S Building Blocks Greater Western Sydney identifies the nine critical enabling infrastructure projects at a cost of approximately $423 million, that could unblock up to 70,000 dwellings for existing and future workers and which could be provided over the next three years.

UDIA is keen to know more about how the WestInvest Fund will be rolled out to support Greater Western Sydney, which has suffered due to a poor investment in water and wastewater infrastructure in the South West (Austral Leppington) and a lack of funding investment in key roads in the North West – Richmond Road.

“Critical to the strategy is the right planning approval pathways that support industry to deliver on the Government’s plans and UDIA will seek clarity on the various roles and governance of the planning system in Western Sydney, that will result from this initiative,” said Mr Mann.

UDIA looks forward to working with the Government on Phase 2 of the Blueprint and specifically addressing the following issues:

  • Greater integration of services infrastructure to align with growth
  • Opportunities to address flooding in the North West
  • Agency alignment and funding prioritised towards key infrastructure identified UDIA’s research
  • Ways to improve liveability

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Media Enquiries:
Deanna Lane 0416 295 898 or dlane@udiansw.com.au.
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