Destination NSW

Our vision

Western Sydney is home to over a quarter of the New South Wales population and is experiencing faster population and employment growth than the rest of the State. This growth demonstrates that Western Sydney is transforming and the Government remains committed to its long-term vision as a productive, sustainable and liveable place.

The Greater Sydney Commissions Greater Sydney Region Plan, A Metropolis of Three Cities, is crucial in not only setting a vision for Sydney’s future, but delivering it. The strategy sets out the plan to create a Greater Sydney where most people can live within 30 minutes of their work, schools, hospitals and great outdoor spaces. 

In March 2018, the NSW and Commonwealth Governments, together with eight local councils of Western Sydney, signed the Western Sydney City Deal. The deal is a 20-year agreement to deliver a once-in-a-generation transformation of Western Sydney, building on the Commonwealth Government’s $5.3 billion investment in the Western 
Sydney Airport.

The Western Sydney City Deal includes commitments from all levels of government to drive investment, development and job opportunities. It also includes measures to maintain and enhance Western Sydney’s unique character by improving community infrastructure to enable healthy, active communities. 

In addition, the State Infrastructure Strategy identifies areas where investment is required to support the region’s long-term development.

The Government is acting to deliver on these strategies and recognises that innovative approaches are necessary for planning and investment in Western Sydney.

Connecting people to their workplace and to one another, safely and quickly, is a key priority of this Government. The Government is acting on plans to realise the 30-minute city ambition, starting with the $100.0 million joint funding commitment between the NSW and Commonwealth Governments to support planning and the development of the final business case for the North-South Rail Link.

Stage 1 of the new Rail Link will run from St Marys to Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis via the new Western Sydney Airport, connecting to the existing T1 Western train line at St Marys. This ambitious project will connect passengers and future employees to the new Western Sydney Airport and the Western Parkland City centre at Badgerys Creek/Bringelly. 

In addition, this Government is working with the Commonwealth Government to fund the $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, which includes major road upgrades to support the Western Sydney Airport. The 10-year program includes: 

  • widening Bringelly Road between Camden Valley Way and The Northern Road, providing better bus facilities, improved safety and more reliable travel times
  • The Northern Road Upgrade between Narellan and Penrith 
  • M12 Motorway linking the M7 Motorway to the new Western Sydney Airport
  • Great Western Highway intersection upgrade at Glenbrook 
  • the Smithfield Road upgrade to create a four-lane road as part of the Local Roads Package.

The Western Sydney City Deal and the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan complement other public transport initiatives in Western Sydney, including:

  • $3.0 billion Restart NSW reservation for Sydney Metro West, which is the city’s next underground metro railway, providing fast, easy travel between the Sydney CBD and Greater Parramatta. This funding, subject to the final business case, will fund project development and commencement of land acquisition, early works and tunnelling. $28.1 million in 2018-19 will fast-track the planning and final business case for this project
  • $2.4 billion in 2018-19 towards the delivery of Sydney Metro Northwest
  • $258.0 million in 2018-19 on Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 to support growth in Western 
  • Sydney, creating new communities and connecting places
  • $20.0 million for planning Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 as an extension to Stage 1, which will run north of the Parramatta River and connect to Sydney Olympic Park.

In addition to these transformative projects, this Budget allocates more than $780.0 million to new roads and road upgrades across Western Sydney, including: 

  • $439.0 million for NSW and Commonwealth Government funded road upgrades as part of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan
  • $130.0 million on M4 Smart Motorway technology to increase trip reliability and improve road safety
  • $21.5 million on the Windsor Bridge over the Hawkesbury River in Windsor
  • $19.0 million to commence construction of the Jane Street and Mulgoa Road upgrade in Penrith 
  • $22.0 million for the upgrade of Memorial Avenue from Old Windsor Road to Windsor Road 
  • $26.0 million on Campbelltown Road Stage 1 upgrade in Edmondson Park
  • $10.5 million for the upgrade of Mulgoa Road between Blaikie Road and the M4 Motorway
  • $7.0 million on the planning and business case for New Hawkesbury River crossing at Richmond.

Western Sydney benefits from almost 40 per cent of all total housing approvals in New South Wales. As more people continue to move to Western Sydney, this Government is committed to strengthening Western Sydney’s vibrant culture and lifestyle, making it an even better place to live. 

The Western Sydney City Deal helps to achieve this vision and includes:

  • $150.0 million for the Western Sydney Parkland City Liveability Program, with $60.0 million contributions from both the New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments and 
  • $30.0 million from local councils. This will deliver community infrastructure and public spaces that promote healthy, active lifestyles and support the arts and culture to complement new housing supply
  • $30.0 million for the Western Sydney Parkland City Housing package, with $15.0 million contributions from both the New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments to ensure sustainable growth through streamlined and optimised planning practices
  • $59.5 million for the construction of Western Sydney Centre of Innovation in Plant Sciences to enable the protection of an internationally significant botanical collection of more than 
  • 1.4 million plant specimens.

In addition to the City Deal, this Budget includes initiatives that will provide great leisure facilities for residents, attract high-quality sporting events and encourage local biodiversity.

  • $183.7 million in 2018-19 on Western Sydney Stadium (with an estimated total cost of 
  • $360.0 million). Construction has commenced on the grandstands and the project is on track 
  • for completion in the first half of 2019
  • $240.0 million in 2018-19 ($640.0 million total Government contribution) to relocate the Powerhouse Museum at Parramatta and expand storage at the Museum Discovery Centre
  • $24.5 million in 2018-19 towards the Parramatta Road Urban Amenity Improvement Program to continue transforming the corridor with new homes, 50,000 extra jobs, community facilities and new open spaces
  • $5.6 million in 2018-19 to continue the Western Sydney Parklands park improvement program to activate and link the Northern and Southern Parklands, improve play and recreational areas, and restore and expand the bushland corridor.

The Western Sydney Airport and Aerotropolis will be a world-class precinct which will cater for a range of advanced industries and encourage further investment in the area. The Airport will create 28,000 jobs once it is in full operation including potential for flow-on jobs across the region as part of the Aerotropolis.

The increase in infrastructure investment in Western Sydney will continue to unlock the economic potential of the region. The 2018-19 Budget provides $19.2 million towards creating roads, services and other new infrastructure for business hubs at Horsley Drive, Eastern Creek, Bringelly Road and Hoxton Park, providing benefits for the community and economy.

The Budget recognises the need for quality, local health facilities to serve the growing population of Western Sydney. Key projects in 2018-19 include:

  • Stage 1 of the Westmead Hospital Redevelopment, at an estimated total cost of $765.0 million 
  • Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct, at an estimated total cost of $740.0 million
  • Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospital redevelopment, at an estimated total cost of $659.2 million
  • Stage 2 of the Campbelltown Hospital Redevelopment (including the Mental Health and South West Paediatric services), at an estimated total cost of $632.0 million 
  • Nepean Hospital and integrated ambulatory services, at an estimated total cost of $550.0 million with a further commitment to Stage 2
  • Stage 1 of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead Redevelopment with planning for Stage 1, at an estimated total cost of $95.0 million 
  • Lidcombe forensic pathology and Coroner’s court, at an estimated total cost of $91.5 million
  • Westmead Hospital carpark, at an estimated total cost of $72.3 million
  • Campbelltown Hospital carpark, at an estimated total cost of $34.1 million
  • Nepean Hospital Car Park, at an estimated total cost of $26.0 million
  • Blacktown Hospital carpark, at an estimated total cost of $18.1 million.

Western Sydney will benefit from the record investment over four years in new and upgraded schools infrastructure. 
Education investments in Western Sydney included in this Budget are:

  • Planning for: new Edmondson Park High School, new Edmondson Park Primary School, Liverpool Boys High School upgrade, Liverpool Girls High School upgrade and new Westmead primary school 
  • Continued work on new schools: Arthur Phillip High School, Parramatta Public School, Oran Park High School, Jordan Springs Public School, Bella Vista Public School, North Kellyville Public School, O’Connell Street Public School, Hurlstone Agriculture High School, Gledswood Hills primary school, Mainsbridge School and Yandelora School
  • Upgrades are progressing at: Picton High School, Fairvale High School, Bardia Public School, Schofields Public School, Parramatta West Public School, Ajuga School, Campbell House School, Glenfield Park School, Greystanes Public School, Riverstone High School, Canley Vale High School and Carlingford Public School.

The Government is stepping up its investment in emergency services and justice in Western Sydney to provide state-of-the-art facilities and technology to keep residents safe. Investments include:

  • $14.5 million on Mount Druitt Police Station, at an estimated total cost of $24.9 million
  • a new Police Citizens Youth Clubs in Hawkesbury (Windsor Area) as part of the $39.2 million four-year package to replace Police Citizens Youth Clubs across New South Wales 
  • redevelopment of Parramatta Police Station as part of the four year $98.9 million Multipurpose Police Station Program.