Western Sydney University’s (WSU) plans to establish a world-class teaching and research campus in the Bankstown CBD is expected to fuel the next generation of smart jobs and add millions of dollars to the local economy, it was announced today.
Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue (WSLD) Director, Adam Leto, said WSU’s Bankstown proposal built on its previous commitments to the CBDs of Parramatta, where it recently unveiled its flagship high-rise campus, Liverpool, which is expected to open in 2018 and Sydney Olympic Park.
“The delivery of these CBD campuses will play a key role in the rejuvenation, and activation of
Western Sydney’s growth centres over the coming decades, ” Mr Leto said.
“WSU’s investment in new educational facilities, is a win, not only for current and future
students, but for the development of the region’s cities, which will reap the economic and social benefits.
“Education and health are two of Western Sydney’s major economic drivers and today’s
announcement will further build the connection between students, business, industry and
A report by Deloitte Access Economics revealed that Western Sydney University’s presence in
the CBDs of Bankstown and Liverpool will contribute $54m to the local economy, and at the same time bring efficiencies in terms of campus operating costs.
WSU is currently working with key stakeholders to identify potential sites in the Bankstown CBD over the coming months, and plans to make further announcements about the timing and location of the new campus in the months ahead.
Earlier this year, WSU unveiled the Peter Shergold Building, its high-rise CBD campus that is home to 10,000 students and part of the Parramatta Square urban redevelopment. Liverpool’s new CBD campus is expected to open in February 2018.