The se­cret Western Syd­ney beach they won’t let you use

Rail line links St Marys and Bringelly via ‘aerotropo­lis’

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - CHIEF RE­PORTER LINDA SILMALIS

A NORTH-south rail link will be con­structed from St Marys to Bringelly via Western Syd­ney Air­port un­der a joint fed­eral and NSW gov­ern­ment deal to be un­veiled to­day.

The long-awaited Western Syd­ney “city deal”, agreed to with eight may­ors, will also in­clude the es­tab­lish­ment of a Badgerys Creek “aerotropo­lis” at North Bringelly and a plan­ning reg­i­men for the re­gion to cre­ate more lo­cal homes.

Rapid bus ser­vices would link Pen­rith, Liver­pool and Camp­bell­town to the air­port and the aerotropo­lis, a plan­ning con­cept which places the air­port at the cen­tre of ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing; re­search and med­i­cal in­dus­tries; a sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics univer­sity; a high­per­for­mance se­condary school; and an ad­vanced vo­ca­tional, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing fa­cil­ity.

Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull and Premier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian will to­day an­nounce their com­mit­ment to the first stage of the rail link from St Marys to Badgerys Creek aerotropo­lis via Western Syd­ney Air­port. They will each put in $50 mil­lion to fund a study to fi­nalise a route and sta­tion lo­ca­tions.

The whole rail link is ex­pected to cost $7 bil­lion, which has not yet been funded. It would be com­pleted in time for the air­port’s sched­uled open­ing in 2026.

Ex­tend­ing the line north to Schofields and south to Macarthur is be­ing stud­ied. Inves- tiga­tions are also un­der way on a south­west rail link to con­nect the ex­ist­ing Lep­ping­ton line to the pro­posed air­port via the aerotropo­lis.

Mr Turn­bull said the deal was “ground­break­ing” and would add much-needed rail ca­pac­ity while cre­at­ing thou­sands of new jobs and homes.

“The Turn­bull and Bere­jik­lian gov­ern­ments have a joint ob­jec­tive of hav­ing rail con­nected to the Western Syd­ney Air­port in time for the open­ing of the air­port,” he said.

“These city-deal com­mit­ments will help re­alise the as­pi­ra­tion of a 30-minute city for Western Syd­ney, bring­ing peo­ple closer to jobs, ed­u­ca­tion and ser­vices to en­sure this grow­ing re­gion, its econ­omy and its res­i­dents thrive.”

Com­mon­wealth land at North Bringelly will form part of the aerotropo­lis. The rest will be bought from pri­vate land own­ers.

The deal also in­volves es­tab­lish­ing an of­fice in Liver­pool to at­tract na­tional and in­ter­na­tional busi­nesses.

Coun­cils have com­mit­ted to an ac­cel­er­ated plan­ning reg­i­men to re­duce de­vel­op­ment costs while boost­ing hous­ing sup­ply.

Both gov­ern­ments will also com­mit $60 mil­lion to­wards com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and ameni­ties in new growth ar­eas, and coun­cils will con­tribute $30 mil­lion.

Coun­cils in­volved in­clude Cam­den, Camp­bell­town, Liver­pool, Pen­rith, Wol­londilly, Blue Moun­tains, Hawkes­bury and Fair­field.

Western Syd­ney Busi­ness Cham­ber di­rec­tor David Borger said the news would set off a de­vel­op­ment “gold rush”. “This deal will su­per­charge the de­vel­op­ment of new towns from St Marys to the air­port,” he said. “Connecting rail from the air­port from day one gives huge cer­tainty to in­vestors that this is ac­tu­ally go­ing to hap­pen.

“The other achieve­ment here was ac­tu­ally get­ting the deal signed — bring­ing to­gether a con­ser­va­tive PM and Premier to do a deal with a bunch of La­bor may­ors.”

Chelsea Rat­cliffe, a lo­cal res­i­dent and wait­ress at her sis­ter’s cafe in St Marys, wel­comed the link.

“Big na­tional com­pa­nies tend to go to ar­eas where there is big in­fra­struc­ture,” she said. “It will pump money into the area, and more busi­ness at­tracts more busi­ness — good busi­nesses.”

Picture: David Swift

St Marys cafe wait­ress Emily Kowal, owner Cassandra Rat­cliffe and wait­ress Chelsea Rat­cliffe, who yes­ter­day wel­comed a north-south rail link.

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