About Western Growth
Western Growth is a large-scale transformative initiative in higher education, bringing the highest quality educational opportunities and world-class research expertise to Australia’s fastest growing region, Western Sydney.
The Western Growth program of work is providing the platform for Western Sydney University to emerge as a university of international standing and outlook, achieving excellence through scholarship, teaching, learning, research and service to local and international communities, beginning with the people of Greater Western Sydney. This has been achieved through the creation and adoption of a new and innovative economic and technological model, as Western embraces alternative finance sources, through third party industry partnerships, to move beyond the sector’s traditional model of borrowing and large debt accumulation, to minimise risk exposure through co-ownership of developments. This innovative economic, technological and place making model has enhanced the mobility between fixed and variable cost arrangements more suitable to Western’s requirements, thus enhancing student experience through new technology-rich learning environments and flexible, high-amenity facilities in convenient and accessible CBD locations.
Commencing back in 2012, the Western Growth program has delivered a number of state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities, including the construction of the Werrington Park Corporate Centre (2015), the delivery of a presence at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush (2016), the opening and activation of the award-winning Peter Shergold Building in the Parramatta CBD (2017) and Ngara Ngura Building in the Liverpool CBD (2018).
Western Growth Vision and Objectives
- Repurpose existing assets to generate a corpus to re-invest into learning, teaching and research
- Strategic plan with development partners allows the University to deliver and build facilities with no upfront investment
- Development opportunities can be prioritised without taking money away from key purposes of teaching, learning and research
- Leasing and commercial opportunities at vertical campuses and the strategic co-location of education alongside industry
- Positioned to generate additional earnings from these opportunities to bolster the University’s financial sustainability
- The co-location of services activities not only provides for financial stability; it actively promotes engagement and collaboration
- Improve accessibility of the campus network for students, staff and community
- Improve student access to jobs through enhanced opportunities for collaboration with industry and research partners
- Improve student experience through new technology-rich learning environments, and flexible, high amenity facilities
- Act as a catalyst to enhance the social and economic environment including the health and wellbeing of the people of Western Sydney
- Deliver a more flexible and robust University, both physically and financially, in readiness of the next wave of sector change
- Strengthen the University’s financial position through the creation of new and diversified revenue streams and increased operational efficiencies
- Deliver new environments enabling the provision of state-of-the-art learning teaching and research opportunities
The Future of Western Sydney
Over the next 20 years, Western Sydney's population is expected to grow by another million, contributing to more than half of Sydney's overall expected population growth. Western Growth will reshape the University’s campuses into a hybrid network of vertical CBD campuses and more traditional campuses across Western Sydney, striving for efficient utilisation of space in order to sustainably provide the communities we serve.
Western Growth is also aligned with the Australian Government Policy on Smart Cities including working to combat the current outflow of 200,000 people who leave the region each day for work, forecasted to grow to 340,000 by 2041. Western Sydney University is determined to provide broader opportunities in education, within short distances from public transport, while driving infrastructure potential for further essential services to be placed in key Western Sydney regions. This initiative will create more accessible, connected learning hubs close to industries, that open up opportunities for real-world learning experiences and future employment.
Western Growth Projects
The $50 million, 6-hectare Agri Tech Hub will be situated at the University’s Hawkesbury Campus. It will include a high-tech industry partnered greenhouse array, supported by industry engaged research clusters in food technology, land use management and consumer demand.
It will focus on creating jobs, attracting industry, and developing a sustainable approach to future peri-urban farming in our increasingly complex and changing city and on a global scale. Infused with state-of-the-art agricultural technology and featuring co-location space for industry and research, the Agri Tech Hub is expected to generate over $30 million of economic activity per annum for the surrounding region.
The Hub will be a significant catalyst for job creation, including 1,380 jobs during construction and a further 180-240 direct and indirect jobs once the Hub is operational. The Hub will provide sophisticated work integrated learning opportunities for Western Sydney University students, ensuring they complete their studies in an industry engaged context and graduate with strong industry knowledge and skills.
The facility will also benefit from the University’s leading research and expertise in agriculture and sustainability through the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment and School of Science.
The Bankstown City campus will be open for teaching in early 2023 and is changing the traditional model of the university - offering highly-accessible, technology-rich, cutting edge teaching and research facilities as well as opportunities for work integrated learning, collaborative enterprise partnerships, and strong industry, community and business linkages.
The campus will be located at 74 Rickard Road, Bankstown, between Canterbury-Bankstown City Council and Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre.
This state of the art facility will revitalise the Bankstown CBD and provide a major boost to the city’s economy as well as its social infrastructure. It will bring students into the town centre, connecting them with local business and industry and embedding the University in the economic, social and civic life of Bankstown. Community accessible retail and commercial spaces provide further connections and benefits to the community.
The Macarthur Heights project delivered a new residential community comprising some 966 lots over 122 hectares located on the southwest portion of the Campbelltown campus, over 5 stages. The project, a partnership between the University and Landcom, commenced sales in August 2014 completed in 2022.
The Campbelltown Stage 6 project is a continuation of the Macarthur Heights project. The proposed Concept Masterplan for the site has been prepared with a view to achieving a lot, density and road layout that provides diversity in housing type, an appropriate interface with the main campus and addresses the requirements of planning controls. An amended Development Application for a revised Concept Masterplan, subdivision of the site into three lots, residential subdivision, bulk earthworks, roads, civil infrastructure, landscaping and associated site works was submitted to Campbelltown City Council during 2020.
Engineering Innovation Hub (EIH) is a state-of-the-art building providing the highest quality education opportunities, community partnerships, and world-class research expertise to Australia’s fastest growing region.
The University is offering an innovative Engineering program developed and delivered in partnership with UNSW. This strategic partnership will develop a collaborative program that leverages each university’s unique strengths to better service Western Sydney and attract international students. Academic offerings have been modelled on a joint Engineering program, clustered with offerings in Engineering, Architecture, Industrial Design and Entrepreneurship.
These programs will be complemented by an integrated research offering including Innovative Cities and Urban Transformation research and LaunchPad. These programs provide strong opportunity for collaboration and engagement with business and industry.
Western Sydney University, with its consortium partners including the South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD), NSW Government, UNSW Sydney and the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research (IIAMR), are bringing together leading minds to embed research in the heart of the Macarthur Region through the construction of the Lang Walker AO Medical Research Building Macarthur.
The University incorporated Walker Corporation (Walker) into the preliminary planning of the facility, with the management of the base building design development and planning approvals pathway to be transferred upon execution of the development management services agreement.
The vision for the Lang Walker AO Medical Research Building Macarthur is for an integrated health, research, and education precinct at Campbelltown, delivering world class research, innovation and improved health outcomes for the Macarthur region and wider community. The objectives for the project include:
- Provide a world class medical research centre focused on applied / translational research and education;
- Attract and support staff growth, development, and retention;
- Facilitate scientific, clinical and industry collaboration and innovation within the Health, Education and Research Precinct;
- Optimise resources and leverage partnerships across the South Western Sydney (SWS) research network; and
- Complement the growth and development of Campbelltown Hospital as it transitions to tertiary level services by embedding a research culture to enhance quality services.
The Liverpool Health Education and Research Hub (LHERH) project will establish an integrated facility for collaboration, innovation, discovery and translation bringing beneficial health outcomes for the South West Sydney. The project will deliver:
- A new purpose-built multi-storey building with shared education, collaboration and socialisation spaces as well as dedicated teaching and research facilities;
- A sustainable project demonstrating excellence in design and planning, developed in partnership with government, industry, and higher education partners; and
- Enhanced development and operational synergies and efficiencies resulting from strategic education and research partnerships.
Mirvac and Western Sydney University have entered into an Agreement to redevelop the University’s Milperra campus site with the vision to create a sustainable, thriving community with 18% dedicated to open green space and public parks, a diverse range of housing types and strong public transport links. The Agreement also enables Western Sydney University research students to take advantage of partnership opportunities during different facets of development.
As part of the scoping process for the Milperra campus, Western Sydney University reached out to understand whether there could be alternate educational offerings on this site. As a result, the University ensured that 17% of the site was retained for educational purposes. This together with the public open space will see 35% of the site retained for education and community use.
The University and Mirvac are working collaboratively with key stakeholders for the benefit of students, staff, the University and the local community. We will be providing a diverse range of housing types to cater for emerging communities. We are committed to consulting and working with the local community and other stakeholders to bring to life our vision to unlock this great site.
The redevelopment of the Milperra campus is building organisational capacity for the University, and develop new funding streams to invest back into its teaching, learning and research as part of its Western Growth strategy bringing the highest quality educational opportunities and world-class research expertise to Canterbury Bankstown.
The Parramatta North campus site is proposed for redevelopment to deliver a mixed-use integrated planning outcome aligned to the broader vision and strategy for the Rydalmere Precinct.
A planning proposal and concept masterplan are being advanced for the project. Master planning for the site envisages urban living, retail, commercial, community and open space, connected with and complementing future plans for the adjoining Government owned sites and the University’s Parramatta South campus. This planning proposal will secure significant social and economic benefits for the Central City and the region.
The University will maintain its presence at Parramatta South campus, with capacity to accommodate future growth, and as part of its network of campuses across the Greater Parramatta to Olympic Peninsula Corridor (GPOP). Significant infrastructure investment in the Parramatta Light Rail, and active transport links will serve to strengthen public transport connection between our campus sites and reduce students and staff reliance on travel by car.
As a leading advocate for Western Sydney, the University is committed to driving social and economic development within the region. We have commenced initial discussions with key stakeholders including Parramatta City Council, Property NSW and the Department of Education, on our proposal and how it will support the continuation of learning, teaching and research within a local and regional context. The University will engage further with stakeholders as planning progresses.
The University’s vision for the Penrith campus is to bring together university, industry, and community, to foster and grow education and research partnerships and supporting key community, employment and economic objectives under the Western Sydney City Deal. The existing campus will be transformed into a new precinct, a place to engage and collaborate, where people will learn, live and work in a sustainable and healthy community with high amenity and connectivity.
To realise this vision, the University is seeking to redevelop the Werrington South Land and Werrington North Land through a joint venture arrangement with a development partner.
The existing campus operations will not be impacted by the project. The envisaged integrated place outcome is anchored by the University’s academic and research programs at Kingswood with capacity for growth and expansion. This is complimented by diverse land uses and opportunities for industry partnerships co-location across the entire campus site. The project vision will reinforce the role and function of the campus as an important anchor for the Quarter Penrith Health and Education Precinct, as a strategic of the Western Parkland City.
As a leading advocate for Western Sydney, the University is committed to driving social and economic development within the region. We have undertaken preliminary engagement with Penrith City Council, NSW Government agencies, partners within the Quarter Precinct, and the University community about our plan and how it will support the continuation of education and research within a local and regional context. Consultation with the local community will occur in the next phase of planning.
With significant forecast population growth in the region, the redevelopment will support local and state government planning objectives for the Western Parkland City in the key areas of productivity, sustainability and liveability.
The 30,000m2 Sports Tech Hub being delivered in partnership between Western Sydney University and University of Canberra, 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.
The Sports Tech Hub will feature a strong industry presence, with approximately half of the facility’s floor space allocated to co-location for industry, retail outlets and start-up incubators, enabling opportunities for work integrated learning, research commercialisation and accessibility to advanced technology and equipment.
The Sport-Tech Hub will comprise:
- Shared facilities and teaching and research programs;
- Organisation-specific facilities and programs; and
- Facilities and programs owned and operated by secondary partners and industry partners.
By sharing some facilities and programs, it is envisaged that there will be economies of scale and synergies generated; all with flow on employment generation and industry attraction benefits.
In partnership with Charter Hall, the University continues to proudly serve the people of our regions, and delivering Stage 1 of our visionary research, health, education and business hub – the Westmead Innovation Quarter (WiQ) – is testament to this. WiQ is a significant achievement for the University, our partners, and our communities.
WiQ stands as a tangible reflection of positive collaboration and innovation, where strong links between the Westmead Health Precinct and complementary commercial partners result in stronger and healthier communities, economies and environments.
Supporting our commitment to cutting-edge and innovative educational outcomes, WiQ accommodates academics, clinicians, post-graduate students and research assistants across our world-class laboratories and workspaces to inspire collaborative research and community group. Across several floors of commercial and education space, WiQ features retail, childcare, and end-of-trip facilities, as well as private roof terraces.
iQ is home to the University’s multidisciplinary research facility that enables collaboration with industry and community – a ‘living lab’ that fosters the sharing of knowledge and resources. The development is a model of collaboration across teaching, research, innovation and commercial activities that the University is replicating at health precincts across Western Sydney.
We are pleased to be further developing our partnership with Charter Hall as we continue to design and deliver stage 2 and 3 of the iQ precinct.
Opportunities for Industry Partners
A key focus of Western Growth is engagement with Industry Partners, through a
range of areas such as:
- Development Partners
- Build and construction
- Utilising specialist services (e.g. lawyers, financial)
- Federal and State departments
- Councils, Economic chambers, Precinct committees
- Other Universities and TAFE
- NUW Alliance and other business committees
- Industry partners, tenants within vertical campuses.
The co-location of services and activities not only provides for financial stability; it actively promotes engagement and collaboration.
The University continues to explore new opportunities for collaborative partnerships with local industry surrounding our campus locations to stimulate student access to the innovative, high-tech jobs of the future.
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