The draft Bradfield City Centre Master Plan has been released for community feedback, establishing a framework for the new 114-hectare city and representing major progress in one of Australia’s biggest economic development projects, according to the NSW government.
The city centre is predicted to create 20,000 direct jobs, position itself as the nation’s “premier hub for advanced and emerging industries”, and create up to 10,000 new homes, according to a statement from acting NSW premier and minister for Western Sydney Prue Car.
The government said it was “getting its skates on” to grow Bradfield ahead of the planned opening of the nearby Western Sydney International Airport in 2026.
“Western Sydney is the third largest regional economy in Australia, with one of the most rapidly growing populations,” said Car.
“This Master Plan shows how investment in the area surrounding the new airport will drive growth and better opportunities for all Western Sydney.”
The development is funded through $1 billion from the state and predicted “billions” in private investment.
After the exhibition period and assuming approval, the planning department expects finalisation could occur by mid-2024.
Construction on the city centre began in September 2022 with the turning of sod for the first building onsite, which will include the first stage of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility.
The AMRF is due to open this year, and will include Japanese conglomerate Hitachi’s Kyoso Centre.
Picture: The AMRF First Building (credit Hassell Studio)