Liveability and jobs in Western Sydney: Walk this way

A 30-minute Sydney is an ambitious but achievable goal – it will be the combination of our efforts that can make it a reality. We sat down with Danny Rezek, Managing Partner of Deloitte’s Western Sydney office, to find out what improved liveability means for jobs.

Liveability in Western Sydney has been an issue in the past primarily because there have been fewer work opportunities or choices. But that is changing. The development of Parramatta City Square and the surrounding area, the availability of high grade office accommodation and associated services – along with the development of the Riverside Theatre, relocation of the Powerhouse Museum and the planning for Western Sydney Airport – means that the Western Sydney landscape is transforming and will look very different in the coming years.

Since we first opened our Parramatta office more than 35 years ago, Deloitte has played a role in strengthening the Western Sydney economy and community. By early 2031, around half of the total population of Greater Sydney will be based in Parramatta or further west. And we know the creation of jobs and work opportunities closer to where people live will be critical to achieving a liveable, and accessible, 30-minute city. In Deloitte’s Shaping Future Cities: Designing Western Sydney, we articulated the economic and social benefits of creating 200,000 great new jobs in the region. According to the recently released Designing Western Sydney Report Card, since the launch of the collaborative blueprint in December 2015, more than 65,000 knowledge jobs have been created across the region in areas including healthcare, education and professional services. Much has been achieved to date, but more opportunities for job creation exist.

While the public sector needs to continue to create critical transport links to connect people to those jobs, the private sector in turn needs to leverage this investment. The Badgerys Creek airport is only eight years away and will be transformational in many respects. The Western City created by the aerotropolis will become one of the most connected parts of a polycentric Sydney and will catalyse the creation of a significant number of jobs. In turn, jobs that are closer to where people live, will create choice and unlock greater liveability.

A change in mindset is required too. As a society we are very dependent on cars. To realise an activated, liveable and prosperous region we need to think more about pedestrians – not just in urban design and planning, but in how we as individuals access amenities, shops, cafes and cultural attractions. A greater focus on walkability can only create a more resilient, sustainable and healthy city for us all.

How can we create greater liveability for Sydneysiders? Read more blogs on how we can make Sydney a 30-minute city here, or visit our ImagineSydney: Live webpage.


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