The NSW government has unveiled plans for its 114-hectare “aerotropolis” near Western Sydney International Airport (WSI), which it says will be five times the size of Barangaroo.
Bradfield City Centre, backed by more than $1 billion from the state government, is expected to include up to 10,000 new homes, with the government saying it will deliver 20,000 direct jobs. It is hoped the city will be established in line with the opening of WSI in 2026.
The draft Master Plan, available online, includes more than two million square metres of gross floor area of development near the airport, with plans for residential areas, roads, green space, commercial and retail precincts, and needed infrastructure.
“This is the first Master Plan to be publicly exhibited after progressing through the new Aerotropolis master-planning pathway and it’s critical we hear directly from the community and stakeholders as we lay the groundwork for significant infrastructure plans,” said NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully.
“Bradfield City Centre could deliver 10,000 new homes in coming years, making a significant contribution to more, and more diverse, housing supply in Western Parkland City.
“This is about making sure people have a say in how Bradfield best caters for the future needs and desires of residents, workers, and visitors.”
Development is already underway at Bradfield, with the first stage of a new Advanced Manufacturing and Research Facility (AMRF) expected to open this year.
Minister for Western Sydney Prue Car said the aerotropolis will boost Western Sydney, which is the third largest regional economy in Australia.
“Providing better paid, highly-skilled jobs close to where people live, with the right infrastructure, is key to improving the lives of people in Western Sydney,” she said.
“This Master Plan shows how investment in the area surrounding the new airport will drive growth and better opportunities for all of Western Sydney.
“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform Western Sydney and can only be realised if we work together to ensure it benefits everyone.”
The news comes after WSI closed public consultations on its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process, which received around 8,000 submissions. According to Federal Transport Minister Catherine King, the process included assessments and feedback on potential noise from flight paths.
“The Australian Government appreciates that WSI’s flight paths has caused some concern for community members, particularly around aircraft overflight noise,” she said.
“That is why we released WSI’s preliminary flight paths early, in June 2023, and undertook a range of community information and feedback sessions so that communities were across the detail of the flight paths and could contribute to the process by making a submission.”