One of Australia’s biggest developers, Walker, has struck a deal with Blacktown City Council to revitalise the city’s centre. Plans for Blacktown’s CBD revamp were unveiled in March 2023. The development includes new commercial, health and retail developments for the bustling city.
Reporters are saying the project will pump money and jobs into the local Blacktown economy.
Walker executive Lang Walker said the development will generate more than 1000 construction jobs over 5 years and add more than $920 million in value every year to the city’s economy. The development will also lead to more than 4500 permanent jobs in the city.
Blacktown is the most populous city in NSW and is fast growing. By 2041, it is estimated that 615,000 people will live in Blacktown. Mr Walker said “Blacktown is growing fast and it needs the modern amenities and infrastructure to match”. Mr Walker also said the city needs “wide open public squares and better-designed access, in and around the city for pedestrians, cars, buses and those using public transport.”
Walker, one of the largest developers in the country, is also behind a recent city-transforming project in Parramatta. The Parramatta transformation was completed less than a year ago and cost around $3 billion.
Blacktown City Council Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM said the opportunity to work closely with Walker on a transformation the same size as Parramatta Square is a game changer. “This is the beginning of a major boom period for Blacktown” said Mr Bleasdale. He said the project will play a central role in Council’s long-term plan to ensure Blacktown residents have access to world class infrastructure, education, health and open spaces.
Walker is investing more than $2 billion in the Blacktown CBD revamp. The finer details of the development will be finalised over the coming months.
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