The Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney has described the Western Sydney City Deal
as a landmark plan for the region that will provide a coordinated approach across eight local government areas to ensure investment and economic opportunities are maximised.
"Today, we have confirmation that an aerotropolis will be built and finally we can shift the needle on jobs in outer Western Sydney,” said David Borger, Western Sydney Director, Sydney Business Chamber.
“The commitment to a rail link from day one of the Western Sydney Airport’s operation, plus the decision to establish a development authority will provide the market with the certainty it needs to make significant investment in the region,” he said.
Mr Borger said the north-south rail link would supercharge the development of new towns from St Marys to the airport and will set off a development gold rush for the whole corridor.
“We can expect major new investment by the private sector on the back of today’s deal being confirmed.
“While investment in the north-south line is welcomed it should not come at the expense of the proposed Metro West.
“Metro West is needed if we are to truly create the 30-minute city and deal with the massive overcrowding on the Western line,” Mr Borger said.
“The establishment of an independent Western Sydney Airport Authority is something the Chamber has long called for to cut through the three tiers of government to ensure a coordinated approach to delivering the aerotropolis.
“The new airport has already started to attract new business and industries, paving the way for it to become a jobs engine for the region.
“The flow on effects the airport will have to not only Liverpool but neighbouring councils will be significant and this deal will make it a reality.
“The new STEM-focussed educational facilities established within the aerotropolis, coupled with business moving in will accelerate the creation of these smart, knowledge jobs.
“Housing affordability is a challenge all governments face and it is no secret that there is a lack of supply in Western Sydney to help meet the needs of home buyers.
“With the region experiencing a population boom, a streamlined planning regime led by councils through a Planning Partnership to reduce development costs and boost supply is a welcomed initiative.
“All three levels of government are to be congratulated for working together on getting this deal for the region. Without a coordinated approach, this would not have been possible,” Mr Borger said.