Western Growth is an exciting initiative of Western Sydney University that will bring the highest quality educational opportunities and world-class research expertise to Australia's fastest growing region.
This initiative works towards Western’s ongoing strategic goal of being 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.
Following the opening of two new state-of-the-art campuses in Parramatta and Liverpool CBDs, the University is forging ahead with more state-of-the-art learning, teaching and research facilities in the region's key CBDs and growth centres.
The University’s third vertical campus is to be located in the heart of the Bankstown CBD. Set to open in 2022, consultation is currently underway to discuss plans with staff, students and the community.
Students, staff and local communities are already benefiting from the University's innovative Parramatta City campus, the Peter Shergold building at 1 Parramatta Square and our new Liverpool City campus, The Ngara Ngura Building.
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.
Bankstown City Campus
Following the successful delivery of innovative, technology-infused teaching and research facilities in both the Parramatta and Liverpool CBDs, the University is progressing its plans for its third vertical campus, to be located in the heart of the Bankstown CBD.
The Campus will be located at 74 Rickard Road, Bankstown, between Canterbury-Bankstown City Council and Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre.
Set to open in 2022, the Bankstown City campus 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 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.
Bankstown City Campus will include informal learning areas and social spaces for students (both indoor and outdoor terraced spaces), community engagement spaces, as well as flexible spaces to showcase industry partnerships and innovation.
The ground floor level designed to connect with the adjacent Paul Keating Park andcreate a public urban forecourt and visibility into the heart of the 18-storey, sculptural building. Inspired by geometry and stepping back to minimise shadowing on open spaces.
Tracking for a 5 Green Star rating, with photovoltaic roof panels, renewable energy, rainwater capture and reuse, and innovative lighting and shading systems.
Frequently Asked Questions
The proposed Bankstown City Campus will enable the University to move from its existing Milperra Campus and establish a suite of education and research programs to reflect its new location in the north of the Bankstown CBD.
The new campus will be highly accessible by public transport, including train, buses, and the future planned Bankstown Metro station – a major benefit to the student and staff community.
In 2018 the NSW Government released the most recent Greater Sydney Regional Plan which reaffirmed Bankstown as a priority health and education precinct. The University’s presence in the heart of Bankstown CBD will have a transformative impact on the city and its people.
Courses to be offered at the new Bankstown City campus include education, social sciences, business, and health, as well as its pathway programs and foundation studies offered by the University’s The College. The University is regularly communicating with students and staff about the new Bankstown City campus and the proposed transition from Milperra. No course will be discontinued as a result of the move.
During construction, some areas of the Paul Keating Park may be impacted with temporary fencing to prevent dust and debris. The University will be implementing measures to reduce any potential impact on the park, immediate area and the local community.
As part of the planning process studies have been undertaken to assess and mitigate the environmental, economic and social impacts of the construction and operation of the campus.
An Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment is also being undertaken to understandand determine any items of aboriginal cultural significance.
This development is an educational institution and has met the criteria for what is known as a ‘State Significant Development’. This means it must be assessed by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
As part of this process, State Significant Developments must be available for public exhibition for a minimum of 28 days. During this time community are invited tocomment on the development plans by submission to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
Estimated timeframes are:
- Late July 2019: State Significant Development Application submitted to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
- From late September 2019: State Significant Development Application on public exhibition for community feedback (28 days)
- Late 2019: State Significant Development Application SSDA assessment concludes and determination received
- Mid 2020: Subject to planning approval, main construction commences
- Early 2022: Subject to planning approval, classes commence
The University is preparing to submit a State Significant Development Application to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. Staff, students and community are invited to provide feedback prior to this submission and during the public exhibition period.
You can contact the team at BCCproject@westernsydney.edu.au
Key objectives of Western Growth
- 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
Opportunities for industry partners
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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