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Western Sydney University has developed a series of innovative proposals for consideration by the government and other partners. If funded, they will enable the University to extend its state of the art learning and research infrastructure in the region, generating a transformative impact on educational and economic outcomes for Western Sydney and providing the opportunity for the University to leverage existing knowledge and expertise in new and exciting ways.
Agri Tech Hub
Western Sydney University seeks a $16.7 million co-investment from the Commonwealth for enabling infrastructure to establish an Agri Tech Hub at Richmond, NSW, within the electorate of Macquarie.
This world-leading initiative is projected to deliver 1,380 jobs during construction and a further 180-240 direct and indirect jobs once the Hub is operational. It will leverage - for residents of the Hawkesbury region - the Commonwealth’s $5.3 billion investment in the Western Sydney Airport.
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Nepean Nursing And Midwifery Clinical Research And Education Facility
Western Sydney University seeks $40 million from the Commonwealth for the development of the Nepean Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Research and Education Facility, to be located at Nepean Hospital.
Leveraging a long-term partnership between Western Sydney University and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) which spans over three decades, the Nepean Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Research and Education Facility will enable industry engaged research and teaching across areas of priority for Penrith, the Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains, such as ageing and mental health, as well as supporting innovation and crossdisciplinary engagement through a focus on ‘the future of nursing’.
As a significant catalyst for jobs generation and industry attraction across the region, the Nepean Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Research and Education Facility will support related objectives of the Western Sydney City Deal.
In addition to construction jobs, the facility – on completion – is anticipated to create up to 500 research and specialist positions and support over 2,000 direct and indirect knowledge jobs.
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Sports Tech Hub
The $340 million, 30,000m2 Sports Tech Hub will be co-funded by a private sector developer and is being delivered in partnership by the universities with the NSW Institute of Sport.
The Hub will be dedicated to achieving excellence in sports focussed research and teaching, and to promoting optimal performance at an elite sporting level. Expected to generate over $140m per annum in economic uplift for Sydney Olympic Park and the surrounding region once completed, the industry and community facing dimensions of the Hub make it a significant catalyst for job creation and investment in a region anticipating substantial growth in the coming years.
Once operational, the campus will support up to 5,000 end-users and accommodate the creation of 1,650 direct jobs, as well as a significant number of indirect jobs. Further, during construction the project is expected to generate $82m in economic activity per annum and will create 650 direct and indirect jobs, ensuring a high return on investment for the Commonwealth.
Western Sydney University and the University of Canberra seek a commitment from the Commonwealth for an additional 1,500 Equivalent Full-Time Student Load (EFTSL) of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs), progressively from 2024, to provide surety for the delivery of a Sports Tech Hub within Sydney Olympic Park.
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Tech Jobs Accelerator
Western Sydney University seeks a $22.5 million commitment from the Commonwealth to deliver a Tech Jobs Accelerator at Kingswood.
In the electorate of Lindsay, the Accelerator will support the creation of 875 direct jobs, 160 of which will be in the construction phase, followed by 715 ongoing industry-impact and supply chain consumption jobs, once the Accelerator is operational. The Accelerator will unlock the creation of up to 10,000 jobs across the surrounding Penrith Health and Education Precinct, The Quarter.
The Accelerator will be adjacent to the TAFE NSW Institute in Applied Technology for Construction (IATC) and will run intensive technology skills and business innovation programs delivered in partnership with large scale Aerotropolis based corporates, TAFE NSW, and Western Sydney University.
It will provide co-location for industry along with intensive technology skills and innovation in technology development. The Accelerator will ensure that this region benefits from the wider industry attraction, jobs and economic growth surge occurring under the Western Sydney City Deal.
Serving as an interface between education and industry, the Accelerator will work to facilitate the creation of new technology focused jobs that will rapidly restore Western Sydney to the high growth trajectory of prior to the COVID-19 crisis.
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