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CSIRO plans to move to the Aerotropolis


It's a huge step towards the vision of the Western Parkland City as Australia's leading hub for science, research and innovation, with CSIRO's physics, material sciences, astronomy, information technology and data research among the disciplines moving to the new purpose-built facility.

 

Artist impression of CSIRO facility

Australia's first truly smart city, the Aerotropolis will be the catalyst for advanced careers, education and explorative, high-tech aerospace and defence industries, manufacturing and agribusiness. It will attract the best and brightest minds and business from across Western Sydney, Greater Sydney, Australia and the world.

With its mission to solve the greatest challenges using innovative science and technology, CSIRO is perfectly placed to set the pace for the Aerotropolis as a hub of STEM innovation.

 

Artist impression of CSIRO facility

CSIRO's new facility will feature state-of-the-art laboratories and workshops for hundreds of its skilled researchers, scientists and workers. By bringing them together for the first time, it will enable collaboration and innovation on an all new scale.

And not just within CSIRO, but also with a co-located network of national and global industry leaders.

Alongside CSIRO, the likes of the Australian Space Agency, Hitachi Pty Ltd, Sydney Markets, BAE Systems, Vitex Pharmaceuticals, Western Sydney University and the NUW Alliance are collaborating to design a vibrant, creative hub for business, education and innovation.

"Our purpose is to amplify the potential of the Western Parkland City," said WCAA Chief Executive Sam Sangster. "CSIRO would bring an incomparable skills and knowledge advantage to the region and, once networked with the existing STEM centres of the Western Parkland City, imagine the possibilities to drive Australian science from Western Sydney."

 

Artist impression of CSIRO facility

"With a focus on innovation, collaboration and connectedness, the Western Sydney Aerotropolis is an immense opportunity for CSIRO and the future we are shaping for Australia," said CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall.

Across the Western Parkland City, STEM industry and expertise is strong – and getting stronger. From the Blue Mountains, to Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly, the region's top five industry sectors include manufacturing, freight and logistics, health, tourism and agribusiness.

It's not hard to see why the WPC is the place of growth and opportunity: it already possesses all the ingredients and the momentum.

Construction on the CSIRO facility is expected to start in mid-2023, with the facility to open by 2026.

 

Artist impression of CSIRO facility

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