Big ideas for Western Sydney

What will the Sydney of the future look like? What is our next Sydney Harbour Bridge that will transform the next phase of Sydney’s growth?

With its residents accounting for one-tenth of Australia’s population, most of Sydney’s growth will come from Western Sydney. We took a look past the myriad of challenges Western Sydney faces today, and lifted our eyes to the transformative changes that could really change long-term outcomes.

The ideas suggested in our paper are provided to set a partial vision for what we might want Western Sydney to look like in 2050.

To elicit these ideas, PwC held a co-design session with a range of stakeholders with an interest in Western Sydney and/or a view on the evolution of Australian society and the economy over the horizon.

Build walkable communities

Acknowledge that the ‘great suburban dream’ needs to morph into the ‘great urban dream’. We should be encouraging ‘skycities’ over major new transport hubs and centralised high rise development should be complemented by new medium density housing models. This combination provides the capacity for Sydney’s population to grow, but with greater emphasis on accessibility and community.

Protect and enhance the Sydney foodbowl

The development of the Western Sydney Airport, and the need to quarantine residential developments away from the airport itself to protect the airport’s 24-hour status, provides a unique opportunity to protect food production in Sydney. A dedicated food precinct near the airport could offer significant efficiencies to companies, and such a precinct, with a new connection to the Inland Rail, should be a hub for emerging developments in food supply, including: capital intensive farming, vertical farms and a food gateway.

The Water City

Water is synonymous with Sydney’s persona and reputation. We should celebrate the existing rivers and waterways and make these rivers accessible and clean, with the aim of providing the community with recreation and tourism. We should also increase amenity and provide a point of distinction by creating waterways and encourage ‘inland beaches’.

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Jeremy Thorpe
Chief Economist & Partner, PwC Australia
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