WPCA Community Newsletter - November 2022
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Acknowledgement of Country
The Western Parkland City Authority acknowledges more than 60,000 years of continuous Aboriginal connection to the land that makes up New South Wales.
Since time immemorial, Aboriginal people have managed, cultivated and cared for the landscape where Greater Sydney was established and continues to grow. Aboriginal people hold profound knowledge, understanding, obligation and custodianship of the landscape.
The Western Parkland City Authority acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands that include the Western Parkland City and the living culture of the traditional custodians of these lands.
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We were excited to welcome Year 5 students and teachers from St Francis Catholic College Edmondson Park to the Bradfield City Centre site last month
Did you catch us on the news?
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet led an historic sod-turning ceremony at the site of our first building in September. The ceremony marked the start of construction on the Bradfield City Centre development — the first Australian city to be built from scratch since Canberra, more than 100 years ago.
We were delighted to be joined by so many of our partners on the day. They included the Premier, NSW Government Ministers and Members of Parliament, the Mayor of Liverpool City Council and Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council.
As construction on the first building starts, we are also preparing a Bradfield City Centre master plan for consideration by the Department of Planning. I invite you to visit our website to read about our initital plans for the city and to share your ideas.
As you will see from these pages, we are enjoying getting out and about to meet many of you. We love listening to your ideas and local insights. Please keep them coming!
Sarah Hill, CEO
Western Parkland City Authority
Construction starts on Bradfield City Centre
Work on Australia’s newest city has begun following NSW Government approval to build Bradfield City Centre’s first building.
The 3,840m2 building will be a focal point for the community and industry. It will feature collaborative manufacturing industry research spaces, state-of-the art technology and fun and exciting places for visitors. The first building has been designed to honour and celebrate the Country and culture of First Nations peoples.
Construction is expected to be completed by early 2024.
Off to a flying start – turning the first sod on Australia’s newest city are (from left to right) Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies, Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade Alister Henskens, Minister for Western Sydney David Elliott, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts, WPCA CEO Sarah Hill
Fun Fact: A sod-turning ceremony traditionally marks the start of a new building project
What will Bradfield City Centre look like?
The 114-hectare Bradfield City Centre will be a global, green city. It will include major outdoor event spaces, indoor performance venues, cultural centres, public spaces, hotels, restaurants and bars.
With 36 hectares set aside for green space, there will be large parks and gathering spots to rest, play sports or meet friends. We are working to make sure the city centre is cooler than other parts of Western Sydney by using the latest technology, water sensitive design and native tree planting.
Bradfield City Centre will also be a high tech city with a strong focus on advanced manufacturing, research and development and the education sectors. It will supercharge the creation of jobs and economic opportunities across Western Sydney.
WPCA in the community
It was a pleasure to meet almost 200 community members at our first two cross agency community information drop-in sessions we hosted at Bringelly in August and at Luddenham in November.
Representatives from Western Parkland City Authority, Western Sydney Airport, Sydney Metro, Transport for NSW, Sydney Water, Department of Planning, Office of Strategic Lands, and Liverpool City Council and Penrith City Council were all on hand to answer questions and talk about current and future programs of work.
We would like to thank the Independent Community Commissioner, Roberta Ryan, for also attending.
We plan to hold these sessions regularly to give you easy access to government agencies. The next one will be held in April. Email us at [email protected] if you would like more information.
Designing for the future
How hard is it to build a city? Year 6 All Saints Catholic College Liverpool students try to build a strong tower out of just three ingredients.
We recently spent a day with Year 6 and Year 10 All Saints Catholic College students in Liverpool to find out what they would like to see in Bradfield City Centre. These are just some of the fabulous ideas they shared with us.
We are building Bradfield City Centre for the kids of today. We are keen to find out what these future residents, workers and visitors to Bradfield City Centre want from the city. If you know of a school or youth group who would like to do a similar workshop, please email us [email protected]
Bradfield City Centre master plan
A key step in building a future city is preparing a master plan that clearly sets out how the city can grow and develop over a long time. Our team of experts are currently developing our draft master plan for the Bradfield City Centre.
A master plan provides guidance for the future development of the city including transport links, roads, cycleways, pedestrian connections, infrastructure, public domain and open space.
While this master plan will be specific to Bradfield City Centre site, it will fit in with all the other plans that have been approved for the wider area, including the Western Sydney Aerotropolis Plan, Western Parkland City State Environmental Planning Policy, final Precinct Plans and the Draft Phase 2 Development Control Plan.
After we lodge our master plan application with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, the department will place our application on its website for public exhibition. You will be able to lodge a formal submission directly with the department at that time.
As part of the master plan and future development process, there will be several formal opportunities for you to have your say on the future of Bradfield City Centre.
In the meantime, we have set up our Share your ideas page to make it easy for you to find out more about our initial plans and to share your ideas. Not only will your ideas help inform our formal master plan application, but we will also consider them as we design, develop and deliver this exciting new city.
Working with you
As our neighbours we would like to hear from you. We invite you to visit our website to find out more about our work and to share your ideas and aspirations for the Bradfield City Centre and the Aerotropolis.
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