The NSW government has approved a new $2.6 billion industrial precinct next to the forthcoming Western Sydney Airport.
The first estates are due to open from the middle of next year and the project will create 5,200 jobs during construction and 17,000 upon completion.
The news comes weeks after the airport confirmed construction of a new rail link to St Marys station, consisting of six metro stations, will begin this year.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said, “We’re getting on with the job of building a new city around the airport well before the first plane takes off.”
The Mamre Road Precinct is one of 12 near the airport and will unlock 850 hectares of new industrial land.
It will also include 50 hectares of open space, featuring cycling and walking paths, that were previously inaccessible to the public. An additional 70 hectares of conservation land, including the Cumberland Plain Woodland, will also be protected from development.
It’s one of 24 projects included in a new initiative to fast-track planning assessments during the coronavirus pandemic.
“This land release will provide opportunities for international and domestic businesses to invest in Western Sydney, enabling major warehousing, logistics, manufacturing and circular economy operations to be established,” said Premier Berejiklian.
Earlier this month, Australian Aviation reported that a $11 billion rail link, named the ‘Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport’ line, will be six kilometres longer than initially envisaged and involve putting part of St Marys underground.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison then hailed the influence of the new national cabinet in speeding up the decision.
“This is how Australia makes it way back out of the COVID-19 crisis, infrastructure projects like this one,” he said.