The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue has welcomed the establishment of the Western City and Aerotropolis Authority (WCAA), to be led by CEO Sam Sangster, announced today.
The new authority will be responsible for the master-planning of the Aerotropolis and also have a key role in driving investment, education and employment opportunities across the Western Parkland City, which includes Liverpool, Campbelltown, Penrith and Camden.
“The State Government, along with the Greater Sydney Commission’s Geoff Roberts, as Co-ordinator General of the Western City, have already kicked a number of goals in this growth precinct, and today’s announcement not only provides a more streamlined system of governance, but will help facilitate greater co-ordination and collaboration,” Chair of the Dialogue, Christopher Brown AM, said.
“The appointment of Sam Sangster as its CEO, formerly of Health Infrastructure NSW, and one of the country’s most respected bureaucrats, is a smart move and his experience in delivering major capital projects across both the public and private sectors will prove most valuable.”
“Mind you, Sam will be dearly missed from Health, having recently delivered billions of dollars to the development of Westmead, Campbelltown, Blacktown and Liverpool Hospitals. His successor will now have the important challenge of finding a downtown location to accommodate a new Bankstown Hospital in south west Sydney.”
Mr Brown added that in addition to overseeing the strategic planning, infrastructure and development within the Aerotropolis, the new Authority will also play a role in attracting national, and international investment.
“Over the past 12 months a number of agreements with international heavyweights have been secured, along with Australia’s own ‘multiversity’ featuring some of the state’s top universities in a combined campus,” Mr Brown said.
“There is global interest in this precinct, and this new Authority will be key to ensuring these opportunities are leveraged and considered within the strategic context of the broader region.
“Today’s announcement that Sydney Markets will also call the Aerotropolis home, is further proof of the confidence that business and industry have in Western Sydney and will no doubt open up a range of opportunities across agribusiness and logistics, both locally and nationally.”
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