The Dialogue aims to generate community debate and data on pressing and diverse issues such as:
North South Rail – The Dialogue continues to lead the Western Sydney Rail Alliance (WSRA), a public-private coalition advocating for an orbital rail line connecting the north west and south west growth centres (from Rouse Hill to Campbelltown, via Badgerys Creek Airport). To date, the successful campaign has seen the WSRA corridor receive more support than any other corridor option in public submissions to the joint state-federal study into rail options for Western Sydney. The corridor is now being considered as a component of the Western Sydney City Deal and the Dialogue has been appointed to the Federal/State Project Reference Group.
Western Sydney Airport – Ongoing delays in contractual negotiations for Western Sydney Airport (WSA) threaten to delay the delivery of this transformative infrastructure project. In 2017, the Dialogue will work with a range of stakeholders to build awareness of the project’s potential to catalyse generations of growth and prosperity for the region. Master planning of the areas around the Badgerys Creek site provide the community and business sectors with a once in a lifetime opportunity to shape the region and its jobs/lifestyle offering for generations to come. Currently, Sydney Airport is considering its ‘first rights’ option to develop Badgerys but the Commonwealth is making this hard with onerous conditions. The Dialogue has always favoured a ‘networked approach’ as airport competition would not benefit the West so we will watch developments closely toward the May decision.
Parramatta Light Rail & West Metro – Following our advocacy win to secure Baird Government support for our ‘Olympic Corridor’ proposal, existing commitments to the Parramatta Light Rail were thrown into question in late 2016 with the announcement of the West Metro project, connecting the Sydney CBD and Bays Precinct with Olympic Park and Parramatta. Speculation that the Parramatta Light Rail will be substantially altered due to the Olympic Corridor also potentially being serviced by Metro has led to a great deal of confusion among residents and landowners in Sydney Olympic Park, as well as WSU at Westmead, many of whom are in the process of making major investment decisions. In 2017, the Dialogue will lead a push for certainty around both projects and a delivery timeframe for each.
Health Infrastructure – Liverpool Hospital is the largest single hospital in NSW and is Australia’s leading trauma centre and the opportunity to leverage this scale and create a city-shaping precinct for Liverpool is tremendous. Now that Westmead has been dealt with, and Nepean Hospital has received some money for an upgrade, the Dialogue will work with South West Sydney Local Health District and Liverpool Council to prioritise Liverpool Hospital precinct as the next most important health project for the region - with agglomerated health and education jobs rejuvenating the Liverpool CBD. Similar opportunities exist at Campbelltown and Blacktown Hospitals, owing to their scale and proximity to established CBDs and university and TAFE campuses.
Downtown University campuses – The newly-opened Western Sydney University vertical campus in the Parramatta CBD, the result of collaboration between the university, local government and the private sector, is the benchmark to which all regional campuses should aspire. The Dialogue supports the development of CBD Campuses as a way of injecting life into the “downtowns” of Western Sydney, generating education and employment outcomes and helping establish vibrant urban spaces, with “18/7” activation supporting commerce and culture. We have also worked hard to attract new learning facilities to the Liverpool, Blacktown and Olympic Park CBD’s and will continue this push to have health and education viewed not only as vital human services, but also as investment and employment net drivers for the great cities of the West.
Arts, Sport and Tourism Facilities – while our high profile and successful campaigns to secure the relocation of the Powerhouse Museum westward and the prioritisation of ANZ & Parramatta Stadium funding over a Moore Park upgrade, we continue to look toward projects that will boost local amenity. To this end (and while recognising that the Powerhouse and ANZ Stadiums face renewed competitive pressure from powerful inner city forces) we will support other projects that boost the cultural, sporting and tourism offering. Western Sydney needs a lyric theatre to attract big shows and it needs an amphitheater for outdoor concerts, it demands an expanded Convention & Exhibition Centre at the RAS Showgrounds to better tap the lucrative events sector, it needs another smart, boutique stadium in its outer ring and it needs an upgraded Rosehill Gardens to ensure major events move west.