“Three Cities” masterplan a ‘fantastic opportunity’ for Western Sydney

Sep 4, 2017

It’s the bold vision for Sydney that promises to transform the city’s west.

The 40-year masterplan, named Towards our Greater Sydney 2056, wants to reimagine the city as three great urban hubs to boost growth and maximise livability, productivity and sustainability across Sydney.

Unveiled recently by the Greater Sydney Commission, the government body tasked with formulating a planning framework for the city, the long-term proposal puts the region’s west front and centre.

That’s because under the plan, set to become a reality over coming decades, Western Sydney will get its own city, to be called Western City, that will be constructed in and around the new airport at Badgery’s Creek.

There will also be an Eastern Harbour City located in the current CBD and a Central River City at Parramatta.

This “Three Cities” vision is so important, the Commission says, because by 2036 Sydney’s population will surge to more than six million, with most of that growth focused in the city’s west.

For western Sydney, the plan will be based around creating a new city that links the existing areas of Camden, Campbelltown, Liverpool and Penrith, and promises to transform the way residents live and work.

Key benefits for the region include stopping the concentration of job growth in the traditional CBD, limiting work commutes to 30 minutes, and using the new airport at Badgery’s Creek to generate up to 34,000 local jobs, turning the city’s west into a hub for employment and business growth.

The plan for the west is also exciting because it represents a commitment to alter the current employment disconnect, which sees most population growth occurring in Western Sydney but the majority of jobs being offered in the east of the city, leading to long travel times for many people.

Underdeveloped localities that could benefit from the Western City plan are said to include areas nearby Richmond Road such as Marsden Park and West Schofields, and in the southwest like Leppington.

Greater Sydney Commission boss Lucy Turnbull says the plan will see Western Sydney meet everyone’s needs with a mix of housing choices, open spaces, jobs and facilities.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Western Sydney. We have to deliver the livability and the opportunity to support a good quality of life as well,” Turnbull said in her announcement of the plan.

“If we don’t plan well there will be an increasing geographic separation between where people live and where they work. The airport will be the catalyst for new jobs across many sectors and drive growth and success.”