Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue Chairman, Christopher Brown AM, has described recent plans aimed at improving connectivity, growing jobs and enhancing skills and education, as a “landmark moment” for Western Sydney.
Speaking after the NSW Government unveiled the first stages of the Parramatta Light Rail Network, running through the Olympic Corridor from Westmead through to Strathfield and north to Carlingford, Mr Brown said that Western Sydney is beginning to unlock its potential.
“Under the leadership of Mike Baird, and a State Government that is committed to ‘making it happen’, we’re starting to see real outcomes and projects that will deliver generational impacts,” Mr Brown said.
“The Parramatta Light Rail not only reaffirms Parramatta as the premier CBD outside of Sydney, but importantly, creates a vital connection along the Olympic Corridor, generating thousands of jobs, homes and opportunities, right in the heart of the city.”
On the back of the Government’s light rail decision, the Western Sydney University (WSU) also announced that it was currently undertaking a feasibility study to explore the possibility of establishing a Higher Education Centre at Olympic Park, which is already home to one of the state’s leading business districts and nation’s major events and tourism destinations.
“A light rail connection, linking WSU’s Rydalmere, Parramatta CBD and Sydney Olympic Park campuses would help cement the next generation of smart workers, and generate the creation of smart, innovative jobs within the same corridor,” Mr Brown said.
In addition to the Light Rail announcement, Mr Brown also highlighted the work of Deloitte, which released its Shaping Future Cities, Designing Western Sydney Report, providing a blueprint for the creation of 200,000 great new jobs in Western Sydney by 2020.
“Deloitte has established itself as one of the Western Sydney’s corporate leaders, and were one of the first to recognise the opportunities and value of doing business in the region,” he said.
“They should be applauded for the collaborative approach they’ve taken in helping prepare this document and for setting the challenge to Government, and all of Western Sydney’s stakeholders, to ensure we understand and deliver on the economic opportunities in front of us.”