Greater Western Sydney (GWS) is located in the western part of the Sydney metropolitan area and is a growing region of economic opportunity, community aspiration and environmental diversity.
The Greater Western Sydney region runs from Windsor in the north to Campbelltown in the south, and from Parramatta in the east to Penrith and the Blue Mountains in the west, comprising of 14 local government areas.
GWS is recognised as an area of growing national importance and has one of the fastest growing populations in Australia. As such it faces the distinctive sustainability challenges associated with a rapidly developing, culturally diverse, peri-urban region.
Western Sydney is the third largest economy in Australia behind the Sydney CBD and Melbourne, producing 31% of Sydney’s Gross Regional Product ($104 billion). The three largest industries in the region are health care and social assistance (11.6%), retail trade (10.2%) and construction (9.7%).
The Western Sydney economy is expected to increase, driven by projected higher population growth and a number of infrastructure and policy developments, notably the Western Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek, the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal and further development and expansion of the Western Sydney Employment Area.
The NSW government has positioned GWS at the heart of Sydney's urban growth and infrastructure development, concentrating on the new twenty-four-hour airport, Aerotropolis, Western Parkland City, and Bradfield City. The government aims to create 7,000 micro-credential courses over five years and 200,000 jobs – focusing on defence and aerospace activities, as well as trade, freight, logistics, advanced manufacturing, health, education, and science economy businesses.
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