We acknowledge and honour Aboriginal People who have cared for country in Greater Western Sydney for at least 60,000 years.
The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue thanks these Traditional Owners and we pay our respects to their Ancestors and Elders – past, present and emerging.
Transport and Infrastructure
Dialogue partners Endeavour Energy and Transport for NSW have teamed up with Evenergi and Busways to run a Western Sydney based trial for technology designed to optimise the charging of electric buses and reduce strain on the power grid.
Following years of campaigning, the Dialogue secured a win last month, with the Federal and State Governments announcing a $100 million plan to upgrade the intersection of Homebush Bay Drive, Australia Avenue and Underwood Road at Homebush – otherwise known as the worst roundabout in Sydney. The announcement builds upon funding committed during the 2019 federal election campaign and in previous NSW Budgets, and is the largest new Western Sydney infrastructure pledge made yet in the 2022 election campaign, where the seat of Reid is regarded as a ‘must win’ for both major parties.
The Parramatta Light Rail project has named the new bridge over James Ruse Drive after local Aboriginal leader, Bidgee Bidgee. For 20 years, Bidgee Bidgee led the Burramattagal clan of the Darug people, bringing all people together to help shape the region’s history. Read more about Bidgee Bidgee and the bridge here.
Celestino will partner with Macquarie University at the Sydney Science Park in Luddenham. The partnership will focus on innovations in water management, urban greening and heat abatement as part of the Park’s sustainable development program, as well as incorporating smart technology and smart construction. Read about it here.
Parramatta will soon be home to a new private hospital, with designs for the $200m facility being released earlier this month. The 24-storey proposal includes 130 hospital beds with six operating theatre suites, day surgery units and pre-admission medical clinics. Click here for the Sunday Telegraph article and here for more information on the future hospital.
The Nepean Hospital’s new 14-storey hospital tower has finished construction this month, marking the end of the first stage of works for the hospital. It will include an expanded emergency department, 18 birthing suites, a neo-natal intensive care unit, 17 new operating theatres, more than 200 additional beds and a rooftop helipad. Read more about the Nepean Hospital Redevelopment here.
Construction has begun on Tench Reserve in Jamisontown, which will include the creation of a new amphitheatre, inclusive playspace and improvements to the 7km River Walk stretching along the Nepean River. It is expected to be completed in December this year – read more about it here.
The National Herbarium of NSW is now being moved to a newly, specially constructed facility at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, which houses a growing collection of over 1 million plant specimens. Read more about it here.
Dialogue Partner News Dialogue Partner Transgrid has been commissioned to deliver early works for the proposed Victoria to New South Wales Interconnector West, which is expected to provide up to 1,800MW of additional capacity between NSW and Victoria. Read more about it here.
Construction has begun on the new Interstate Intermodal Terminal at Moorebank Logistics Park, run by Dialogue Partner National Intermodal Company (formerly Moorebank Intermodal Company). This will be the first of four modern and interconnected terminals which will enhance Australia’s supply chain and drive freight efficiencies between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Read more about it here.