Priority Planning a Win for the Region

Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue Chairman, Christopher Brown AM, has commended the State Government on its plans to create a Western Sydney Priority Growth Area around Badgerys Creek, in partnership with Liverpool and Penrith Councils.

He paid particular tribute to Planning Minister Rob Stokes and Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun who have championed this unique partnership.

Planning for the 14,000ha Western Sydney Priority Growth Area, which will maximise the economic and strategic benefits that the Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek will deliver, is expected to be overseen by the Greater Sydney Commission – as per comments made today by Minister Stokes at a Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) luncheon.

“The Dialogue has been a strong advocate of the Greater Sydney Commission and its role in overseeing the renewal and development of key parcels of land in Western Sydney,” Mr Brown said.

"It is this type of integrated planning, using innovative funding partnerships with industry, that will future-proof Western Sydney.

"This regional master-planning will give impetus to a new town centre in North Bringelly, fast tracking of a Metro Rail extension from Bankstown to Liverpool, Badgerys and Penrith and development of the exciting Science Park adjacent to the Airport."

“This is certainly a welcome decision and one that we hope provides a delivery framework for other major developments, including the Olympic Corridor, which stretches from Westmead to Strathfield and Rhodes, and represents one of the biggest urban renewal opportunities in the country.

“The Olympic Corridor, much like the Western Sydney Priority Growth Area, is too important in terms of housing, employment, transport tourism and urban design to be left to piecemeal planning and we have asked for the Greater Sydney Commission to accept it as another one of its priority precincts to ensure a new strategic approach is adopted.”