The development of Australia’s first ‘smart city’ is one step closer, with work set to commence at Sydney Science Park, it was announced today.
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, Paul Fletcher MP and NSW Minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, were on hand to mark the occasion, with the 280‐hectare Luddenham site expected to deliver more than 12,000 smart jobs, educate 10,000 students and provide over 3,000 homes, upon completion.
Dialogue Chairman, Christopher Brown AM, said the $5bn Sydney Science Park, owned, and being delivered by Western Sydney‐based property group Celestino, was the exact type of development that the Federal and State Governments had envisioned when they first began planning for the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.
“This is the first sod turned in the Western Sydney Aerotropolis and is proof to this region that the airport is real. As of today the Aertropolis is off and running,” Mr Brown said.
“We are now seeing the economic impact of the Western Sydney Airport in full effect. The Sydney Science Park is the culmination of years of collaboration with industry and key stakeholders in the region and is the first one to spring to life on the back of the biggest infrastructure project in the nation.
“Sydney Science Park is now a reality and the developers, regulators and planners that have made it happen deserve a big thank you from an appreciative Western Sydney community.”
Mr Brown added that Sydney Science Park had a critical role in not only delivering the smart jobs of the future, but providing an environment that will also foster the next generation of leaders, innovators and problem-solvers.
“The City Deal promised Western Sydney 200,000 new knowledge jobs and today signals the green light on this smart employment crusade,” Mr Brown said.
“The infrastructure boom in Western Sydney has just kicked off and it’s going to continue to explode over the coming decades. To have a mixed-use facility, which can aide the development of the next wave of engineers, scientists and researchers, right on the doorstep of all this activity, is an enormous asset,” he said.
The first stage of development at Sydney Science Park includes a mix of commercial, residential, education and open space. The commercial buildings have been designed for a multitude of uses including retail; commercial; co‐working spaces; education; childcare and executive short term residential accommodation.
The remainder of the first stage includes over 170 homes, a one‐acre central park and NSW’s first ‘pre-post’ STEM school. Celestino anticipates that the first of its commercial buildings along with the STEM school will be operational by 2021.
Adam Leto — Director
Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue
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