Celestino, developer of Sydney Science Park, welcomed the announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian of a $3.5B funding boost to accelerate the delivery of the new metro line and see it operational for the airport’s opening in 2026. This included confirming a station at Luddenham to service the future education, innovation and commercial precinct.

Sydney Science Park is a unique project that will create an internationally recognised epicentre for STEM education, research and development, innovation, commercialisation, and collaboration in Western Sydney.  It represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to envision and deliver a world-class innovation and education precinct from the ground up.

Celestino Chief Executive John Vassallo says today’s announcement provides us with certainty to deliver on our ambitious vision for Sydney Science Park. This certainty amplifies our ability to attract productive investment into Western Sydney.  It also accelerates what our key partners can deliver over the long term knowing that Sydney Science Park is directly connected by a world class metro system to the new airport and the rest of Sydney’s public transport system.

It is anticipated that Sydney Science Park will be home to more than 12,000 smart jobs, 10,000 students and 10,000 residents.

“The vision for Sydney Science Park is anchored on STEM education, innovation, collaboration and commercialisation within an attractive liveable community,” says Mr Vassallo. “Sydney Science Park will curate the innovation, research, education and employment potential of Western Sydney in the fields of energy, food, agribusiness and smart cities to help create the industries and jobs of tomorrow. It will create thousands of new jobs and be a place to live, work and learn like no other new community in Australia.”

Celestino has undertaken extensive research and engagement both at a local and international level over the past eight years to build partnerships and agreements with many key industry stakeholders including the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), CSIRO Urban Living Lab, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, Australia's Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Westmead Health Precinct and the Penrith Quarter.

These partnerships have already resulted in several collaborations and research projects focussing on key principles and solutions behind the many complex issues around creating a resilient future city. These include autonomous mobility, sustainable energy, waste recycling, urban heat, STEM Annual School Challenge and the Sydney Science Park International STE(A)M Centre of Excellence.

“COVID-19 has shown us how the world can change in an instant,” says Mr Vassallo. “We have to make sure we not only adapt with it but be ahead of the curve and this announcement really helps us better plan for what Sydney Science Park can be in 20, 50 or 100 years’ time.”

“We are thrilled with today’s announcement which really puts this part of Sydney on the map and will help drive economic recovery and growth in NSW now and for decades to come.”