Images show drastic development in western Sydney

New property data and a bird’s eye analysis show the massive growth across western Sydney over the past decade.

Housing completions are surging in Parramatta and Blacktown as aerial images reinforce how major projects and thousands of new properties are transforming the face of the region.

The Planning Department’s Housing Monitor lists Parramatta alongside the City of Sydney as the top-performing councils when it comes to meeting key growth targets.

For the year to August 2018, there were 4231 housing completions in the Parramatta LGA, just behind the City of Sydney (4351).

Foxall Rd, Kellyville, 2010 – 2018

Councils in Sydney’s west and northern districts filled seven of the top 10 spots for housing completions, with Blacktown coming in third (3325).

In the previous five-year period, Parramatta had 13,900 new dwellings and Blacktown had 11,200.

The latest data puts most of the west and northwest Sydney councils on track to meet the Greater Sydney Commission’s tough housing supply targets, which were set in 2016.

By 2021, Parramatta is expected to have 21,650 new homes, ahead of Blacktown with 13,950, Cumberland (9350) and The Hills (8550). Ryde Council has a two-year freeze on new rezoning applications for residential housing.

Thornton, Penrith. 2009 – 2018

The commission has great expectations for Parramatta as part of its 40-year vision for a “Metropolis of Three Cities” — and it’s well on the way to hitting its targets.

“It’s Boomsville in Parramatta and surrounding areas,” Urban Taskforce CEO Chris Johnson said. “Parramatta is leading the way for western Sydney in this dramatic shift in its size.

“With the Metro West line and light rail coming, along with the thousands of new homes and bigger, precinct-scale developments, it’s an energised area.”

Nearmap, a leader in aerial imagery, has also just released new comparative photos which illustrate the region’s rapid growth.

Oran Park, Macarthur, 2009 – 2018

“From above, it’s clear just how extensive the face of western Sydney has changed over the past decade,” Nearmap boss Shane Preston said.

“And with Parramatta vying to become Sydney’s second CBD and with the government planning to inject $2.9 billion to fuel the development of infrastructure in the region over the next 10 years, this change is just the beginning.”

Parramatta, which will be at the heart of a new Central River City, is projected to have an additional 14,500 new residents and 22,000 new jobs by 2026, and western Sydney will have an additional one million people.

Western Sydney Stadium, Parramatta, 2012 – 2018


1. City of Sydney 4351

2. City of Parramatta 4231

3. Blacktown 3325

4. Bayside 3073

5. Camden 2657

6. Cumberland 2351

7. Ryde 2275

8. Penrith 2271

9. Canterbury-Bankstown 2221

10. The Hills 1898

15. Ku-ring-gai 899

17. Hornsby 724

32. Hunters Hill 33

Source: NSW Department of Planning

How much time will Sydney’s new road network save you on commutes

Life will soon get better for Sydney commuters as a whopping $90 billion of spending on new roads and rail comes on track.

After decades of sitting in gridlocked traffic or standing on overcrowded trains Premier Gladys Berejiklian has promised commuters the wait is almost over.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says Sydneysiders will benefit when the new road network is complete. Picture: Dylan Robinson

“No matter where you live you will benefit from the NSW Government’s record infrastructure program,” Ms Berejiklian said.

The WestConnex will allow commuters to bypass 52 traffic lights and slice 40 minutes off a trip from Parramatta to the airport and the NorthConnex will bypass 21 sets of lights and shave 15 minutes off the same journey on Pennant Hills Road.

“The $87 billion in infrastructure this Government is delivering over the next four years is going to change lives for the better,” Ms Berejiklian said.

And experts say it cannot come a minute two soon for fed up Sydneysiders who have suffered through the city’s slide down the congestion rankings to the bottom third in the world.

Jane Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the Property Council in NSW, said: “Traffic congestion is one of the big issues holding Sydney back from being a truly great city compared to its global peers.”

Westconnex – Source: Daily Telegraph Interactive News Graphics

She said a comparison of cities with a similar population including Melbourne, Montreal and San Francisco left Sydney trailing behind.

“Sydney was ranked in the bottom third of cities globally for peak period congestion,” she said.

“Compared to its global peers, the cost of transport is higher and the time spent commuting is longer for Sydney residents,” said Ms Fitzgerald.

But Ms Berejiklian said that is all about to change. “We are delivering the roads and rail which will allow people to spend less time travelling and more time doing what they need to or what they enjoy,” she said.

The WestConnex, NorthConnex and Sydney Metro are all “game changing projects” that are going to slash travel time for commuters.

Northconnex – Source: Daily Telegraph Interactive News Graphics

“If you live in Rouse Hill and currently catch a bus to and from the city for work you will save a massive 72 minutes a day by catching the Metro rail,” she said.

“If you live on the Central Coast you will be able to get to and from Sydney half an hour faster using NorthConnex,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Transport management expert Professor Stephen Greaves from the University of Sydney said: “We are in the middle of the biggest infrastructure in our history and I think we will see some short term benefits.

Sydney Metro Line 1 – Source: Daily Telegraph Interactive News Graphics

“As the population has grown our transport networks have been challenged,” he said. The city has been bedevilled with natural “pinch points” such as the four ways to cross the water from north to south that could become jammed with one simple car radiator overheating.

“But I wonder how the WestConnex will work out — are people going to use it or baulk at paying the tolls?” he said.

The Premier has no such doubts.

“If you live in Parramatta or Penrith you will be able to get to Sydney Airport 40 minutes faster using the new WestConnex and Gateway roads,” she said.

Sydney Metro West – Source: Daily Telegraph Interactive News Graphics


* All figures are times saved unless otherwise noted.

WestConnex (with Sydney Gateway)

40 minutes between Penrith or Parramatta and Sydney Airport

22 minutes Campbelltown to Sydney Airport

20 minutes Moorebank to Port Botany

20 minutes between Burwood and Sydney Airport

Bypass up to 52 sets of traffic lights.


15 minutes compared to using Pennant Hills Road

Bypass 21 sets of traffic lights.

F6 Extension Stage 1 (with WestConnex)

15 minutes Kogarah to ANZAC Bridge

15 minutes Miranda to Macquarie Park

13 minutes Kogarah to South Sydney

12 minutes Taren Point to Mascot

8 minutes Kogarah to the City

Bypass 23 sets of traffic lights on the Princes Highway between St Peters and Kogarah

Western Harbour Tunnel (with WestConnex)

10 minutes Rozelle to North Sydney

21 minutes Chatswood to Sydney Airport

13 minutes Olympic Park to North Sydney

Beaches Link (With Western Harbour Tunnel and WestConnex)

27 minutes Brookvale to Sydney CBD

41 minutes Dee Why to Sydney Airport

40 minutes Frenchs Forest to Rozelle

23 minutes Manly to Macquarie Park

Bypass 19 sets of traffic lights through The Spit, Mosman and Neutral Bay

Sydney Metro Line 1 (Tallawong to Bankstown via City)

36 minutes Rouse Hill to City (travel time of 46 minutes to Martin Place compared to around 1 hour 22 minutes Rouse Hill to Wynyard by bus)

34 minutes Castle Hill to City (travel time of 35 minutes to Martin Place compared to around 1 hour 9 minutes Castle Hill to Wynyard by bus)

25 minutes Bankstown to Macquarie University

15 minutes Bankstown to North Sydney

25 minutes Bankstown to Barangaroo

24 minutes Belmore to Chatswood

24 minutes Belmore to Barangaroo

25 minutes Hurlstone Park to North Sydney

Sydney Metro West (Westmead to City)

11 minutes Parramatta to City North (target travel time of 20 minutes on Metro West compared to 31 minutes on current express trains Parramatta to Wynyard)

Source: Matt Taylor, “Images show drastic development in western Sydney”, Parramatta Advertiser, The Daily Telegraph, November 19, 2018. Matthew Benns, “How much time will Sydney’s new road network save you on commutes”, The Daily Telegraph, November 19, 2018.

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