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Property Council Western Sydney Update: August 2019

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August has been a busy month for Western Sydney and September promises to be no different.

We’ve seen the NSW Government enter into four memoranda of understanding with international leaders in high-tech manufacturing to facilitate their investment in jobs in the aerotropolis. These MOUs span 3D printing, defence and advanced manufacturing.

Western Sydney University has made some exciting announcements around their campus development strategy at our Education as an Asset Class lunch, and the University of Technology Sydney has partnered with Celestino to explore opportunities to locate a new facility at the Sydney Science Park.

We have also seen action on the airport front, with Lendlease and CPB contractors awarded a major earthworks contract to progress the construction of the Nancy Bird-Walton Airport.

The purpose of this newsletter is to keep give you a brief insight into what is happening in Western Sydney. If you’d like to help shape our agenda in this region please feel free to get in touch. I can be reached on 0412 897 130 or via

Property Council launches new Western Sydney Taskforce

The Property Council held its Building the Western City breakfast in the leadup to the formation of the Western Sydney Taskforce.

                     The Property Council held its Building the Western City breakfast in the leadup to the formation of the Western Sydney Taskforce.

The Property Council of Australia’s new Western Sydney Taskforce held its inaugural meeting yesterday to help coordinate the property industry’s role in driving jobs, investment and growth across Sydney’s greater west.

The Taskforce, chaired by Richard Horne of Halesmith Property is comprised of all sectors of the property industry – from retail to residential, from industrial and logistics to commercial, from retirement living to hotels.

“Importantly, the new Taskforce also includes Property Council member representatives from local, state and federal government bodies with an interest in the Western Sydney of today and tomorrow,” Western Sydney Regional Director, Ross Grove, said today.

“Western Sydney is undergoing a rapid transformation and with this new Taskforce supporting our recently appointed new Regional Director, Ross Grove, the Property Council is showing our strong commitment to helping shape our city’s west,” NSW Executive Director Jane Fitzgerald said today.

“Taskforce members identified infrastructure, connectivity, land release and taxation as issues that should be progressed,” Mr Grove said.

“Members are at the heart of everything the Property Council does. I look forward to working with the Taskforce as we strive to make our region one of the most attractive destinations for our industry.”

The Property Council held its Building the Western City breakfast, featuring Sam Sangster, Chief Executive Officer of the Western City Aerotropolis Authority at Bankwest Stadium earlier this month. The event discussed new developments in the aerotropolis precinct and was attended by more than 300 industry leaders.

NSW Government enters into four MOUs shaping aerotropolis investment


In their trip to the UK & Europe, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres participated in the signing of a number of memoranda of understanding designed to facilitate investment into the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. These agreements include:

The Western City Aerotropolis Authority is now in possession of 18 agreements with some of the world’s largest corporate players seeking to expand their presence into Western Sydney. The MOUs a key pillar in the NSW Government’s commitment to create 200,000 jobs in and around the aerotropolis precinct.

Liverpool’s Mayor Wendy Waller has put out a statement welcoming the series of memoranda of understanding.

Council Roundup


  • The Mayor of Blacktown this week outlined an advocacy agenda for local roads, including the widening of Richmond Road and Rooty Hill Road, along with a bus link to Marsden Park and upgrades at Schofields and Doonside Railway Stations.
  • Blacktown City Council has endorsed their draft Local Strategic Planning Statement for exhibition. The Property Council is finalising a date for a member briefing on the draft LSPS in early October.


  • The Camden Region Economic Taskforce has launched an investment attraction video as part of a range of initiatives aimed at attracting new investment into the region.
  • The Property Council has made a submission to Camden Council’s Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement.



  • Cumberland Council has resolved to include increased heights and floor-space ratios for the Lidcombe Town Centre into a planning proposal for a new citywide Local Environment Plan.
  • A post-gateway planning proposal to enable a new school in the Auburn Town Centre has been endorsed and referred for gazettal.


  • Fairfield City Council has resolved to adopt a planning proposal seeking to increase building heights in the Fairfield Heights Town Centre. The adopted proposal will also include design excellence and new minimum site area provisions.
  • Council has adopted a planning proposal and Development Control Plan for the Bonnyrigg Town Centre.councilb

         3D modelling from the Fairfield Heights Urban Design Study


Liverpool City Council has put out a statement welcoming the signing of agreements with global companies to around future investment in the aerotropolis precinct.councila                                        Liverpool City Council has welcomed international interest in the aerotropolis precinct  


  • City of Parramatta Council has appointed Brett Newman as its new Chief Executive Officer. Most recently Mr Newman has held the position of CEO at Property NSW, and has been involved in numerous key projects in and around Parramatta, such as the decade of decentralisation project which involved the relocation of key public sector functions to Parramatta Square, participation in the housing affordability taskforce, the relocation of the Powerhouse Museum, and the North Parramatta Urban Renewal Project.
    Mr Newman is scheduled to start on 16 September 2019 and the Interim CEO Rik Hart will support the transition to a permanent CEO by staying with council until 26 September.
  • City of Parramatta Council has secured the endorsement of its elected chamber for lodgement of a development application for Parramatta Square 5 (PS5). PS5 is the final piece in the Parramatta Square project and delivers a new council chamber, administrative centre, community library and meeting spaces.
  • City of Parramatta Council’s Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement is being presented to councillors for endorsement to go on public exhibition at its upcoming meeting to be held 9 September.


  • Castlereagh Road will be heavily disrupted through the month of September as work continues on the Castlereagh-Mulgoa Road corridor upgrade, specifically, this work involves the construction of the widened road, intersection upgrades and a new rail bridge.

Search for Airport builder begins as design takes shape


The indicative Stage 1 layout for the Western Sydney Airport

Western Sydney Airport has begun the search for a construction contractor to build the Airport’s terminal precinct.

Western Sydney Airport CEO Graham Millett said registrations of interest are expected from both Australian and global consortia as construction firms make their pitch to be a part of the once-in-a-generation airport project.

“Even in the context of an infrastructure boom, we’ve had a high level of interest from the market in each of the tenders we’ve released so far,” Mr Millett said.

“We are looking to commence engagement with the construction industry now, while we are still in the early design phase of the terminal.”

The contract includes construction of the first stage of Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport’s integrated international and domestic passenger terminal precinct, including the baggage handling system, security systems, IT network and aerobridges. Catering for up to 10 million passengers per year, the terminal will be designed for modular expansion as demand increases, avoiding disruption to passengers and airline operations.

The terminal precinct design competition was launched in January this year, with five shortlisted architectural teams delivering their visions for the terminal. Submissions are currently being assessed with the successful team expected to be appointed by the end of 2019, when the first concept designs for the Airport’s terminal precinct will be released.

Registrations of interest for terminal precinct construction are open until 23 September 2019. The contract is expected to be awarded in 2021, with work to begin later that year.  For more information visit

Earlier this month Lendlease and CPB Contractors were awarded a major earthworks contract to move 25 million cubic metres of earth around the 1,780-hectare site.

Dale Connor, the CEO of Lendlease Building and Engineering, said, “Lendlease has a long history of participating in the development of Western Sydney and we look forward to delivering this next stage of the Western Sydney International project”.

“As Western Sydney’s future aerotropolis, the work on Western Sydney International will be a major contributor to the economic and social development of the region. This project gives Lendlease the ability to provide further skills, training and employment opportunities across Western Sydney, with up to 500 people expected to work on this significant stage in the delivery of the airport.”

The airport is being developed in stages by the Federal Government-owned Western Sydney Airport in response to passenger demand. Stage 1 will see a single runway airport constructed with capacity for up to 10 million passengers a year.

Western Sydney Airport is on track to open to international, domestic and freight flights in 2026.