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Focus: Western Sydney

 “Working to enhance Western Sydney as a competitive economic region

Western Sydney is the geographic and demographic heart of Sydney.  For too long the region has been overlooked by decision makers, who have failed to grasp the true social and economic potential of the region.

The Chamber believes in Western Sydney, and has a dedicated focus on the region through the establishment of the Western Sydney First (WSF) membership.  The WSF brings together leading Sydney and Western Sydney organisations to focus on the development of the region, particularly in generating jobs for one of the fastest growing regions in Australia.  The priorities for Western Sydney include:

  • Promoting advanced manufacturing in Western Sydney and creating knowledge based jobs for the region;
  • Securing Western Sydney’s fair share of transport services and infrastructure funding; and
  • Enhancing and promoting the cultural offerings of the region and establishing the  brand ‘Western Sydney’.

Key outcomes sought

  • An economic and jobs plan for Western Sydney to address the 200 ,000 jobs deficit in  the region
  • Planning and land reservation work to begin for an eventual Western Sydney Airport (see Western Sydney Airport Alliance website)
  • An advanced manufacturing cluster for Western Sydney
  • The development of a Western Sydney medical research/technologies precinct
  • A light rail system for Parramatta CBD
  • A justice precinct for Parramatta
  • A cultural plan and the development of a 'brand' for Western Sydney
Key documents

Westmead Innovation District: Building Western Sydney’s jobs engine. The Sydney Business Chamber along with the following groups* commissioned Deloitte to conduct an economic study of the Westmead precinct under the auspice of the Westmead Alliance.
*Western Sydney Local Health District
Western Sydney University
City of Parramatta Council
Urban Growth NSW
The University of Sydney
Children’s Medical Research Institute
Westmead Institute for Medical Research
Westmead Private Hospital
Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network
Cumberland Council

Western Sydney Airport Fast Train Discussion Paper 
Parramatta City Council and the Sydney Business Chamber have partnered to explore the feasibility of a fast train connecting the Sydney and Parramatta CBDs and the Western Sydney Airport, similar to overseas metro services such as the Hong Kong Airport Express.

Building Western Sydney's Cultural Arts Economy — a key to Sydney’s success
The Sydney Business Chamber released a report revealing the huge disparity in arts funding between East and West Sydney, and called on the next New South Wales government to relocate the Powerhouse Museum to Western Sydney and commit $300 million in funding for cultural infrastructure in the region.


Key WSBC members

ANZ Stadium (SF/WSF), Catholic Education Office - Diocese of Parramatta, Champion Legal, Coleman Greig Lawyers,Crown International Holdings Group (SF/WSF), Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu – Parramatta, Dyldam Developments Pty Ltd, Dyldam Parramatta Eels, EJC Corporate Services Pty Ltd, Evolve Housing, GWS Giants (SF/WSF), Insurance Australia Group (IAG), Liverpool City Council, Moorebank Intermodal Company Ltd, NRMA Motoring & Services, Parramatta City Council, SITA Australia, Strathfield Council, Sydney Markets Limited, Sydney Water, University of New England, University of Western Sydney, UrbanGrowth NSW, Western Sydney Parklands Trust, Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Westlink, Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research, YMCA of Sydney

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