The development of Australia’s first “smart city’’ by Western Sydney property group Celestino is one step closer, with work set to commence at Sydney Science Park.
The 280‐hectare Luddenham site expected to deliver more than 12,000 smart jobs, educate 10,000 students and provide over 3,000 homes, upon completion.
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, Paul Fletcher and NSW Minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres joined Celestino CEO John Vassallo earlier this week for a sod turning ceremony to signal the start of work on the $5 billion project.
“This is the first major development to spring to life off the back of the Western Sydney Airport and our plan has always been to leverage the global opportunities that come with having Badgerys Creek at our doorstep,” says CEO John Vassallo.
“We’re creating an ecosystem that will house some of the nation’s leading scientific institutions and providing educational opportunities for Western Sydney, such as our STEM school, that haven’t been seen before.
“Our goal is to cement Sydney Science Park, and Western Sydney, as the nation’s leader when it comes to education, innovation and sustainable communities.
“Our project is a real example of the types of opportunities that are going to open up within the Western Sydney Aerotropolis and we’re proud to be the first to turn our vision into a reality.”
Christopher Brown, chairman of Western Sydney Dialogue, said Sydney Science Park was the exact type of development that the Federal and State Governments had envisioned when they first began planning for the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.
“This is the first sod turned in the Western Sydney Aerotropolis and is proof to this region that the airport is real.
“As of today the Aerotropolis is off and running,” Mr Brown said.
“We are now seeing the economic impact of the Western Sydney Airport in full effect.
“The Sydney Science Park is the culmination of years of collaboration with industry and key stakeholders in the region and is the first one to spring to life on the back of the biggest infrastructure project in the nation.’’