WPCA Industry Update - September 2022
Aerotropolis gets ready for takeoff as work begins on Bradfield Zone substation
Western Sydney’s Aerotropolis development is under way with work beginning on the first critical piece of energy infrastructure for the area. The $38.8 million Bradfield Zone substation marks the beginning of the once-in-a-generation development that will change the face of Greater Sydney.
Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade Alister Henskens said the Western Parkland City, centred around the Aerotropolis, is an incredible opportunity for the people of NSW.
"Through the final precinct plan, we've laid the foundations for five new precincts that will not only see a boom in highly-skilled jobs in Western Sydney, but will also facilitate the building of around 11,400 new homes, beautiful new parklands and open space to create a world-class city."
The NSW Government released the final Precinct Plan for the Aerotropolis earlier this year, paving the way for the development of around 6,500 hectares of land surrounding Western Sydney International Airport.
Japanese powerhouse Hitachi to attract innovation jobs to Western Sydney
The NSW Government has signed the first private-sector tenancy agreement with Japanese global giant Hitachi.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said Hitachi would establish a 'Kyoso' (collaborative creation) centre in Bradfield City Centre's First Building alongside the Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF) next year, attracting advanced technology jobs to Western Sydney.
The Western Parkland City Authority has also released the first of a $23 million package of tenders for advanced manufacturing equipment to be installed in the pilot of the AMRF due to open in 2023.
The Hitachi agreement is a result of a public tender process and follows the NSW Budget commitment of $260 million to establish the Australian-first full scale AMRF, which will create new high-paying jobs of the future in Western Sydney and make Bradfield City Centre the national capital of advanced manufacturing.
WPCA to relocate to new office building in Penrith
Hundreds of jobs are headed to the Western Parkland City with a major milestone reached in the construction of new and premium office accommodation located in the heart of Penrith.
A topping out ceremony was held at the $90 million 50 Belmore Street development in June marking the completion of the main building structure.
The ceremony was accompanied by an announcement that the Western Parkland City Authority (WPCA) will be relocating to the new building from its current head office in Parramatta which fulfils a 2019 election commitment.
NETM announces two micro-credentials with TAFE NSW and advanced manufacturing powerhouse ROMAR
Our New Education and Training Model (NETM) team announced earlier this month that TAFE NSW is the successful provider to partner with advanced manufacturing powerhouse ROMAR Engineering.
The two partners will co-design and co-deliver two NETM funded micro-credentials, or short courses, in technical drawing that will increase the skills density in the rapidly growing economic engine room of Western Sydney.
'Introduction to Technical Drawings' and 'Create Technical Drawings' will be funded through the Western Parkland City Authority's $37.4 million NETM program, a NSW Government initiative putting industry in the driver's seat to co-design and co-deliver agile courses that rapidly upskill workers.
Register your interest for either of these courses on the TAFE website and view the full NETM micro-credential course catalogue on our website. Find out how you can partner with us to develop micro-credentials to upskill your workforce here.
Businesses choosing to locate in the Western Parkland City
Tyrecycle has opened a new $15 million facility in Erskine Park to meet the growing domestic demand for tyre-derived products. The company purchased new machinery to process tyres through the Remanufacture NSW grants program.
Winning Group will open a new purpose-built distribution centre at Kemps Creek in early 2024. This will be the largest distribution centre in Winning Group's history, with a 6 Star Green Star Rating and a dedicated area to facilitate the continued recycling of returned products and packaging.
NSW Government programs to support your business
Cut your energy bills through the NSW Submetering Grants program
Grants of up to $20,000 (excluding GST) are available to support the purchase and installation of submeters for measuring energy performance. Round one is open until 2 December 2022, or until the budget is exhausted.
Establish your operations in the WPC with the support of the Investor Concierge Service
Western Parkland City is an attractive location to establish business operations. Key arterial roads ensure efficient movement of goods and services. The large population offers a young, skilled workforce, and new sustainable industrial precincts are being developed across the region. WPCA Investor Concierge Services provides support for businesses seeking to establish or expand their operations in the region.
The WPCA is supporting the launch of the Western Sydney Defence Supplier Network hosted by the AI Group
The event 'Exciting NEW opportunities for Western Sydney in Defence Procurement' conference will be held on Tuesday 13 September from 8am to 1pm at Liverpool Catholic Club.
The Modern Manufacturing Expo will be held from 20 – 21 September at the Sydney Showground
Visit WPCA's stand, find out how you can partner with us and hear our speakers as part of the conference program.