2000 jobs, more firms expected in mega Bankstown Airport development
BANKSTOWN Airport’s ambitious development plans will include a 162,000sqm of building areas, a mixed use retail precinct and possibly a hotel while providing at least 2000 jobs.
Sydney Metro Airports CEO Lee de Winton said it is exciting times as Bankstown Airport works on the Major Development Plan (MDP) over the coming months and years.
The south west precinct development will cost more than $20 million and covers more than 40 ha.
“The current MDP is for the development of a 37,000 sqm institutional grade warehouse with ancillary office, and civil works for the remainder of the estate including roads,” Ms de Winton said. “It will have to go through all the governmental processes and community comments but we expect the first stage to begin within 12-18 months.
“The fully developed site will have the potential to comprise up to 162,000 sqm of building areas for warehouse and aviation uses.
“We have conservatively estimated it will provide for 2000 (non-aviation) jobs once fully developed.”
Ms de Winton, a former RAAF Wing Commander who took over as CEO last year, said they have also earmarked up to 10,000sqm for a mixed use precinct, with potential for a hotel.
The MDP will be in the commercial zone under the 2019 Master Plan and the business zone in the 2014 Master Plan. “The airport will own all the assets developed at the site,” Ms de Winton said.
“Our objective is to accommodate a range of transport logistics and distribution facilities, commercial, industrial, warehousing and aviation-related support industries in the form of a major logistics hub to meet the needs of the growing western Sydney community,” she said.
She said the expansion will benefit from the proximity to Sydney Airport, Port Botany, Moorebank Intermodal and the new Western Sydney Airport, the estate will provide occupiers more direct routing and less congestion than any other site in Sydney.
We are targeting a 6 Star Green Star rating across the precinct.”
“At the gateway to South West Sydney our intention is to provide the booming population in South West Sydney a place to work
The South West Precinct is a predominantly unused and undeveloped portion of the airport, the majority of which is not required for aviation purposes.
The proposed development site is located adjacent to the existing road network of Henry
Lawson Drive to the west via Tower Rd and/or Starkie Drive, and Milperra Rd to the south.
The Bankstown Airport Aviation Zone is located immediately to the north and the Georges River Golf Course is located to the west.
The NSW government, meanwhile, is leaving open the question of what it should do to the area’s transport links. Transport for NSW plans to convert the existing Bankstown Line to Bankstown station to a new “metro-style” rail service linking through the city.
But it has never explained what it wants to do to rail stations further west of Bankstown on the Bankstown Line. Transport academic Garry Glazebrook has suggested extending the metro line west directly to Liverpool on a new line through Bankstown Airport. Liverpool Council is also pushing for an extension of the metro.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance on Tuesday suggested plans remain up in the air, saying the new metro line “will be an enabling line which will see further opportunities for expansion … including potentially to Liverpool onto Badgerys Creek”.
Redevelopment of the airport already appears to have won the support of opposition leader Luke Foley, who last month told parliament that it could be a major employment zone “with the right planning, investment and infrastructure”.
“It is easy to imagine Bankstown as the next Macquarie Park or Norwest Business Park, full of tens of thousands of high-wage jobs and providing employment opportunities for local people in Sydney’s south and west,” Mr Foley said.
Bankstown Airport was established as Sydney’s second aerodrome in 1939 with the commencement of World War II and was commonly known as Yantown because several United States Army Air Force squadrons were based on the site during the war.
The RAAF and the Women’s Australian Auxiliary Air Force were based at the Airport before the arrival of the US military. After the war, the airport was used by the Department of Immigration to accommodate European migrants until mid-1950.
By 1970 the Airport was the biggest general aviation airport in the southern hemisphere with more than 250,000 aircraft movements annually.
It was privatised in 2003.
In other news: 251 bed private hospital proposed for Canterbury-Bankstown
A $134 million private hospital has been proposed for Canterbury Road in Revesby. If approved, it would be the first private hospital to be built in the Canterbury-Bankstown region.
The news comes as council deals with the area’s ageing public hospital; one possibility could see it relocated to a new university development in Bankstown.
The private hospital – proposed for a one-hectare site at 297-299 Canterbury Road – would be six-stories tall and have three additional basement levels for parking.
It would house 251 beds, and feature consulting rooms, associate facilities and an on-site childcare centre.
If approved, the private hospital would create 200 ongoing jobs – primarily in the medical field, while a further 300 people would be employed during its construction.
But whether or not the proposal becomes a reality will come down to the NSW Government. Canterbury-Bankstown Council’s role is to help iron out the details on the building’s height, as it is in proximity to Bankstown Airport.
At last week’s council meeting, the council submitted a site-specific proposal that would see the building’s height capped at 22 metres.
The growing Canterbury-Bankstown population will need additional resources, said Mayor Khal Asfour.
“We encourage both private and public sector projects which strengthen medical services in Canterbury-Bankstown. Having said that, we will still put such projects through our rigorous assessment processes.”
Earlier this month, the Mayor encouraged the relocation of the public Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital to a new 16-storey campus being built by Western Sydney University. Such a decision would see it move 3 kilometres into Bankstown’s CBD.
“We are currently liaising with NSW Health on the possibility of building a new public hospital in Bankstown’s CBD, replacing the existing aged Bankstown-Lidcombe facility,” said Mayor Asfour.
The additional resources will help the area with it’s growing pains. Currently, 361,000 residents live in Canterbury-Bankstown, but this is expected to grow by 150,000 residents in the next two decades.
Source: Lawrence Machado, “2000 jobs, more firms expected in mega Bankstown Airport development”, The Daily Telegraph, October 6, 2018. Leesha McKenny, “$161 million development plans for Bankstown Airport”, The Sydney Morning Herald, July 28, 2015. Tony Ibrahim, “251 bed private hospital proposed for Canterbury-Bankstown”, The Daily Telegraph, October 1, 2018.