CSIRO to base 450 staff at Western Sydney’s Aerotropolis under new proposal

By Shannon Jenkins

Wednesday July 15, 2020

An artist’s impression of the proposed CSIRO facility. Source: CSIRO

The CSIRO is in talks with the New South Wales government to move up to 450 staff and researchers to a “bespoke carbon-neutral” facility at the new Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

The proposed 18,000 m2 facility would feature collaborative workshops and “modern, flexible” laboratories.

The CSIRO building would be central to the Aerotropolis Advanced Manufacturing and Research Precinct, which is expected to home research institutes and commercial organisations specialising in advanced manufacturing, quantum technologies, aerospace, defence and agribusiness.

CSIRO chief executive Dr Larry Marshall said the move would be valuable for both his agency and Australians.

“The more we can put science in the hands of real people to solve real problems, the better our future will be, so the collaboration and connectedness of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis is an immense opportunity for CSIRO and the future we are shaping for Australia,” he said.

“Aerotropolis reflects the new generation of CSIRO, agile and diverse, while building on a great 100-year legacy of innovation through collaboration. Sydney is where CSIRO invented fast WiFi and where we will invent the next innovations for our future prosperity and sustainability.”

The Aerotropolis is part of the Western Sydney City Deal, and would connect to the planned Western Sydney International Airport.

The multi-billion-dollar development is expected to be complete by 2026. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the CSIRO’s presence there would “set the tone” for the site to become an innovation hub.

Under the proposal, CSIRO would be able to support several commitments it has made to Western Sydney, including:

  • The establishment of the CSIRO Urban Living Lab at the Sydney Science Park,
  • A $25 million partnership with the state government to support STEM education and generate up to 200,000 jobs in the region over 20 years,
  • A digital twin of the Western Sydney City Deal, which is a virtual 4D model of the region’s built and natural environment,
  • A new 10-year lease agreement in the $350 million Innovation Quarter precinct that would co-locate a team of CSIRO digital health and nutrition researchers at Westmead.

 

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