Western Sydney: what next for the Aerotropolis?

Western Sydney: what next for the Aerotropolis?

Mar 30
As part of CEDA’s Urban optimisation series we convene in Western Sydney to examine and discuss ongoing development and what it means for jobs, infrastructure, further investment, and community development. 
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The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney
Dr Sarah Hill, CEO, Western Parkland City Authority
Billie Sankovic, Chief Executive, Western Sydney Community Forum

Event Overview

The Australian Government is investing $5.3bn to deliver the Western Sydney airport. The Aerotropolis is expected to eventually attract over 12 million visitors annually, create 200,000 new jobs and become Australia’s third largest economy by 2036.  

Now, in a much-changed global environment and with the airport on track to begin operations in 2026 CEDA brings together key stakeholders in the future of Western Sydney, its connectedness and success to discuss:
  • Planning priorities and coordination between governments to capture the benefits of a once in a lifetime city-shaping opportunity;
  • Workforce development, the role of education in shaping the region and forward employment opportunities;
  • How to best facilitate the movement of people and goods and connect the region; and
  • How we best position Western Sydney as Australia’s new global gateway and attract business investment to the region.


Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP
NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney

As Minister for Western Sydney, Stuart is responsible for driving the NSW Government’s engagement in the Western Sydney City Deal, and the development of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, which will shape the development of Australia’s first 21st century city based around the new airport.

Meet the panel

Dr Sarah Hill
CEO, Western Parkland City Authority

Sarah is delivering the vision for ‘a metropolis of three cities’, a vision she co-created as the inaugural CEO of the Greater Sydney Commission, to fundamentally change the way we think and plan for Greater Sydney. Sarah is well-placed to lead the Western Parkland City Authority in its ambition to build a city in a parkland: Australia’s newest citizen-centric city and its smartest and most sustainable. A place that will attract national and international investment, deliver high quality jobs and education, and drive economic recovery in NSW and Australia.

Billie Sankovic
Chief Executive, Western Sydney Community Forum

Billie has spent more than 30 years working across greater Western Sydney – for the community sector, in local and state government, and at Western Sydney University. She led planning for the multi-million dollar community and recreation precinct model in South Western Sydney to service communities in the growth corridor. Billie also represented the Western Sydney community sector in the initial compact which culminated into the Working Together for NSW agreement between NGOs and the NSW Government.

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