Shaping Future Cities’ 200,000 jobs target already one third complete with over 65,000 new jobs created
Deloitte launches Shaping Future Cities: Designing Western Sydney Report Card with Minister for Western Sydney, the Hon. Stuart Ayres, MP.
05 February 2018 – Business and Government leaders are meeting today for the launch of the Shaping Future Cities: Designing Western Sydney Report Card. The Report Card presents a review of progress against recommendations set out in the 2015 Shaping Future Cities economic blueprint which aimed to create 200,000 great new jobs for the region by 2020. Significant progress has been made, with over 65,000 jobs created in the region since the launch.
The Hon. Stuart Ayres, MP, Minister for Western Sydney, will officially launch the Report Card and share his ambitions for Western Sydney for the year ahead.
”Western Sydney is experiencing unparalleled employment growth with projects like the Western Sydney airport a major catalyst for business confidence, physically and virtually clustering aerospace, defence and related industries to fuel innovation and build on Western Sydney’s reputation as a leading innovation and economic powerhouse.” Minister Ayres said.
“Our massive investments into road and rail infrastructure, strong international education sector and growth in tourism will in turn have flow on benefits for job creation as we create a skills legacy for the state.”
The launch of the Report Card brings together leaders from across Western Sydney, many of whom have collaborated on Shaping Future Cities since its inception, to share highlights of progress and next steps in the journey.
According to Deloitte Office Managing Partner and Report Card co-author, Danny Rezek, the Report Card demonstrates the achievements of those who collaborated on the blueprint and committed to advancing the recommendations, whilst at the same time emphasising the work still to be done to fully realise the vision for Western Sydney.
“We set out to make Western Sydney a place that young people want to live and work. A place that companies want to invest in – and establish themselves. This is now beginning to happen.
“We’re finally seeing the investment in infrastructure that will enable Western Sydney to meet the demands and expectations of young people who want to live and work in the region. From the Greater Sydney Commission being established in Western Sydney and the release of their draft Greater Sydney Region Plan – Vision to 2056, to the development of a number of health and education precincts (HEPs) and the proposed North-South rail link, we’re seeing the recommendations being implemented. The right policies and investments are being put in place and tangible progress is being made,” said Rezek.
The proposed North-South rail link along the Western Sydney Growth Corridor will connect the region to the new Western Sydney airport. This move is projected to create 100,000 new jobs, reduce travel time between west and east from 1.5 hours to 30 minutes and generate an additional $44.7 billion economic output between 2024-2040.
The Western Sydney Airport is itself another tangible example of progress against the blueprint’s recommendations. And with the NSW Government announcing an aerotropolis focused ‘Business Summit 2026’ to be held in 2018, there will be a continued exploration of opportunities related to driving greater investments in the surrounding area.
“Perhaps the most exciting outcome to date, truly recognising the value of the region, is the Federal Government’s Western Sydney City Deal. This a fantastic outcome for the region, bringing together all three levels of government to focus on infrastructure investments, employment programs, housing affordability and improved environmental outcomes. It speaks directly to the aims of Shaping Future Cities to invest in and realise the potential of Western Sydney,” said Rezek.
“However, we must ensure that the City Deal translates to jobs on the ground. We must not lose sight of the long-term goal of job creation and perhaps more importantly securing a skills legacy for Western Sydney. We’re making significant progress on getting the right policy and infrastructure in place. We must now also ensure people have the right skills for the jobs that are being created as a result, the jobs of the future,” said Rezek.
Additional Report Card highlights:
Health and Education
- A number of health and education precincts (HEPs) are currently being planned, with strategies under way for multiple locations, including Campbelltown and Nepean, leveraging the existing strength of the health and education facilities in the region.
- The Westmead Innovation District is under development, capitalising on Australia’s largest concentration of health services.
Optimising Western Sydney’s Airport (WSA)
- A discussion paper has been developed exploring options around a Western Sydney Airport Fast Train connecting the new airport to the Sydney and Parramatta CBDs.
Creating Smart Cities
- Transport for NSW partnering with HMI Technologies, NRMA, Telstra, IAG and Sydney Olympic Park Authority to roll out a two-year trial of autonomous vehicles at Sydney Olympic Park.
- A Smart Cities Plan and accompanying National Cities Performance Framework has been released by the Federal Government.
Enterprise and Innovation
- Western Sydney University Smart Manufacturing Accelerator program established, targeting the growth of Western Sydney SMEs.
- Establishment of CSIRO’s first Urban Living Lab at the Sydney Science Park.
Skills exchanges and development
- TAFE’s Skills Exchange Program established for Sydney Metro and WestConnex to ensure skills are taught and developed on the job for existing and entry level workers.
A Western Sydney Innovation Corridor
- Sydney Science Park to be established in Luddenham, incorporating the State’s first STEM school and health research facilities and projected to create over 12,000 knowledge based jobs.
Invest in cultural infrastructure
- Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) and short-film festival, Tropfest, to be relocated to Parramatta.
Leveraging our multicultural diaspora
- 3 multi-cultural micro-business support centres to be established – leveraging the multicultural diaspora and global connections of the region.
- A Western Sydney Tourism Strategy is currently being developed, leveraging NSW’s highest visitor growth rate over the last decade of 49%.
Future skills shortage planning
- NSW Youth Barometer under development to investigate the preparedness and confidence of high school students around their future careers.
About Shaping Future Cities: Designing Western Sydney
Shaping Future Cities was launched in December 2015 by then NSW Premier, the Hon Mike Baird. It is the first ever business-led plan for jobs creation in Western Sydney. The Deloitte authored report provides in-depth analysis of how to maximise Western Sydney’s comparative strengths, while addressing the region’s challenges, through 133 recommendations grouped into 25 strategies: part of a three-stage process to build platforms for jobs growth, create jobs in specific industries and connect local people to those jobs.
The blueprint was the result of the collective efforts of 400 individual business, government and community leaders in the region. It heralds a new level of cooperation between the state government, local councils and regional stakeholders and includes a number of shared commitments, in particular the target of creating 200,000 great new jobs in the region by 2020.
Click here to find out more about Shaping Future Cities.