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WPCA Industry Update - April 2022

The Daily Telegraph Future of Western Sydney Oration

Western Parkland City Authority Chair Jennifer Westacott AO delivered the keynote address at the Daily Telegraph's Future Western Sydney event in March. 

Pictured: WPCA CEO, Dr Sarah Hill (left) with WPCA Chair, Jennifer Westacott AO

Jennifer articulated the vision for the Aerotropolis, highlighting the opportunities in the proposed Agribusiness Precinct and the new Bradfield City Centre. 

She outlined the vision for the Western Parkland City and the development of the Bradfield City Centre. Focussed on growing high-tech, advanced manufacturing jobs, the Bradfield City Centre will be a magnet for research and innovation that will help to reimagine the Australian economy.  

Jennifer also spoke about the potential of the agribusiness precinct, a 24/7 hub of activity including state-of-the-art logistics facilities. 

If you're interested in learning more about the industry opportunities linked to the Bradfield City Centre, contact our team here.

Read the full Oration here.

The New Education and Training Model launches 

The Western Parkland City Authority (WPCA) recently launched the $37.4 million New Education and Training Model (NETM) pilot program. The first NETM micro-credential on metal additive manufacturing is a partnership between Western Sydney University (WSU) and GE Additive.

Pictured (l to r): Minister Stuart Ayres, Western Sydney University Sara Baker, Western Sydney University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Sweeney and WPCA CEO Sarah Hill. 

There are a number of ways your business can get involved with the NETM, from identifying skills gaps to co-delivering a micro-credential. 

Read the full story about the NETM launch here.

To register your interest, simply click here or contact [email protected] to connect with the NETM team.

Federal Government supports WPCA Blueprint recommendation with multimillion dollar commitment to roads and rail 

Last week the Federal Government committed $77.5 million for a business case for stage two of a Sydney Metro-Western Sydney Airport project that would connect the new international airport to Leppington Station.

This critical project, which will connect Bradfield to Glenfield via Leppington, is highlighted as a key priority in our Western Parkland City Draft Blueprint. With the Federal Government support, we’re now one step closer to our goal of creating a green, connected and advanced 30-minute city. Also included in the Federal Budget was funding for the Hawkesbury-Nepean Flood Evacuation Road Resilience planning, Picton Bypass and Picton Road, Mulgoa Road upgrades and $15 million to plan for the Western City Road Transport Network Development.

Aerotropolis precinct plan finalised

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment released the Aerotropolis Precinct Plan supporting technical studies for the initial precincts on Friday 25 March.

You can read the submissions, Finalisation Report and supporting documentation, including a response to the submissions received on the Planning Portal.

Site Cleansing for Bradfield City Centre

In February an Aboriginal Site Cleansing was conducted by Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council at the future site of the Bradfield City Centre.

Pictured: Uncle Harry Callaghan Gandangara Aboriginal Land Council, Minister Stuart Ayres, Dr Sarah Hill CEO Western Parkland City Authority, Peter Sidgreaves MP Member for Camden, Uncle Tony Scholes Chair, Gandangara Aboriginal Land Council, Melissa Williams CEO, Gandangara Aboriginal Land Council, Ned Mannoun Mayor Liverpool City Council, Cr Karress Rhodes Deputy Mayor Liverpool City Council, NPM Indigenous and members of the WPCA Executive Leadership Team. 

The Site Cleansing is a significant moment in history and marks our respect to Australia’s First People who are descendants of the oldest continuing culture in the world. Acknowledging the Traditional Custodians, Elders and community forms the foundation of a culturally safe workplace. This is important for our Aboriginal workers who are the first on site to begin construction of Australia’s newest city.

We are also proud to share that contractors from NPM Indigenous have now started work in Bradfield.  

Koori Perspectives Circle

We are committed to working with Aboriginal communities to ensure that Aboriginal culture and achievements, past, present and future, are celebrated. We are establishing a new Koori Perspectives Circle, to ensure we listen to voices of recognised and aspiring Western Sydney Aboriginal leaders and work together to deliver Australia’s newest city.

If you, or someone you know is interested in becoming involved, then please click here.

CSIRO Innovate to Grow program: Defence NSW

Applications are open for a free 10-week program for Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) located in NSW to investigate new R&D opportunities related to Defence solutions, with thanks to co-sponsor Investment NSW.  Applications are due on 11 April 2022.

Applications are due on 11 April 2022.

Read more about the Innovate to Grow program.

Grow your business by engaging with Defence Procurement 

Western Sydney now has a dedicated defence suppliers network to grow the local defence supply chain, increasing the number of defence ready businesses in Western Sydney and strengthening industry capability in our region. The WPCA Investment Attraction team have been working with Investment NSW to design and deliver this program.

Read more about engaging with Defence Procurement.