Friday, June 21, 2024

Property Council renews call for aerotropolis road upgrades

The Property Council of Australia has renewed its call for NSW Government support for the delivery of adequate infrastructure within the Western Sydney Aerotropolis precinct, following the release today of the Bradfield City Centre Masterplan.

In a statement, the Council said while it welcomed the release of the masterplan by the NSW Government, it makes the delivery of nearby roads more critical than ever.

The Council’s Western Sydney Regional Director, Ross Grove said demand for industrial land in Western Sydney was at a record high.

He reported that businesses were having trouble relocating their premises due to a lack of sufficient available zoned and serviced land. 

“Western Sydney’s Aerotropolis is experiencing unprecedented tenant interest, but the industry’s capacity to make land available is being hamstrung by a lack of road network capacity — which will ultimately hold up development approvals,” Mr Grove said. 

“Our industry is advocating for the upgrade of key roads to ensure the new airport is supported by a thriving industrial, freight and logistics precinct — rather than the cow paddocks that exist today.  

“Our members want to develop their land, but the semi-rural road network we currently have will not cater to this growth.” 

Items on the Property Council’s wishlist include: 

  • Badgerys Creek Road upgrade;
  • Luddenham Road upgrade;
  • New Eastern Ring Road;
  • Elizabeth Drive upgrade;
  • Mamre Road upgrade.

Early costings for these works are estimated at $2.3 billion, and the industry is willing to work with government by way of contributing to the costs, refining the project scope and bringing forward priority stages through Works-In-Kind Agreements, said Mr Grove.

“Today’s news is good news for Western Sydney. Our next step is to put the roads in, unlock the stormwater network and make it happen,” he said. 

NSW Acting Premier and Minister for Western Sydney, Prue Car says the Bradfield City Centre Master Plan will position Bradfield City Centre as a centre for innovation, education, and skills development in the heart of Western Sydney.

“Western Sydney is the third largest regional economy in Australia, with one of the most rapidly growing populations,” she said.

“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.

“This Master Plan shows how investment in the area surrounding the new airport will drive growth and better opportunities for all 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.”

If approved, the Master Plan will outline a staged approach to more than 2 million square metres gross floor area of development across the city centre, located on the doorstep of the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, she said.

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