Macarthur residents are invited to have their say on the first stage of plans for the Sydney’s new “Aerotropolis”.
Aerotropolis is the 11,200 hectare development of land surrounding the construction of the Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek.
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s executive director of western Sydney and Aerotropolis activation, Brett Whitworth, said the plans would be on public exhibition until October 12.
Mr Whitworth said the state government wanted to make sure the community’s voices were heard in the planning stages.
“The government wants to ensure the community and stakeholders are actively incorporated into planning so we can work together to build strong and resilient communities,” he said.
“The Aerotropolis provides us with a unique opportunity to work with councils, the Greater Sydney Commission and the people who live in these areas to plan for new communities.
“It allows us to ensure the infrastructure the community wants and needs will be delivered alongside homes and businesses.”
Mr Whitworth said the Aerotropolis would be a “catalyst for growth in western Sydney” with the potential to provide up to 60,000 homes and contribute to 200,000 new jobs.
“The Aerotropolis will be Sydney’s newest economic hub, helping to realise the vision of a 30-minute city, where people live close to jobs, schools, health and cultural amenities,” he said.
“Innovative planning for the land surrounding Sydney’s new 24-hour airport is critical to its success.
“Our department, working collaboratively with our city deal partners, wants to ensure the community has plenty of opportunity to help determine how we deliver a resilient and vibrant Aerotropolis.”
Greater Sydney Commission’s deputy chief commissioner Geoff Roberts said the Aerotropolis exhibition was “instrumental in realising the vision for greater Sydney”.
“This is a major step forward in providing certainty to the private sector relating to the early release precincts and their intended land use,” he said.
The first stage Land Use Infrastructure Implementation Plan for the Aerotropolis is on exhibition until October 12.
A community drop-in session where can people can talk to expert planners will be held at the Bringelly Community Centre on September 6 from 4pm to 7pm.
The next consultation event will be held at Luddenham’s Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club on September 10 from 4pm to 7pm.
A second session will be held at the Bringelly Community Centre on September 15 from 10am to 1pm.
To view the plans, visit the Planning for Western Sydney Aerotropolis website.