Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Parramatta. "Specialised centres"

Parramatta City Council believes treating Rydalmere and Camellia as “specialised centres”, together with Westmead, would give Parramatta the best chance of exceeding job targets in the Sydney Metropolitan Plan.

These centres would maximise the University of Western Sydney’s presence in the city, broaden the city’s economic base and project a knowledge-based identity to the outside world, according to the Parramatta Economic Development Strategy 2011-2016

Council’s place management group was currently conducting preliminary land feasibility, flood and heritage studies, and exploring opportunities for partnership with UWS, in the Rydalmere precinct.

The vision for Rydalmere by 2036 is that it would house a high-tech business park developed in conjunction with the expansion of the UWS Parramatta expansion.

The precinct would be home to between 5000-11,000 knowledge workers, 2500 tertiary professionals and 30,000 students,” the document said.

While there would be significant links between businesses and the scientific capabilities of UWS, links would also be established with Macquarie University, with the view the precinct will develop and supply technology predominantly to the advanced manufacturing and health sectors of Western Sydney.

With regard to Camellia, council’s investigation into the future of the precinct is not formally scheduled until July 2012, the document said.

Meanwhile, discussions are being held with Shell regarding the refinery’s closure in 2013 and the freeing up of some 40 hectares of land, and with the Australian Turf Club regarding its redevelopment of the site including grandstands, a hotel and function rooms.

Camellia would be an eco-industrial precinct specialising in the sustainable building and energy fields, according to the strategy.

Westmead would become a world-class bio-medical and bio-technology cluster, a state significant asset characterised by high levels of research, interaction and science.

The four hospitals and multiple research centres in the precinct would expand in the next five years, increasing jobs and the capacity for innovation.

The bio-medical industry would populate lands around Redbank Road and commercialise opportunities from research.

The document noted large warehousing and manufacturing tenants occupying industrial lands may exit the area in time allowing larger pharmaceutical and life sciences firms to move in and expand the cluster.



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