“I’ve lived here for 60 years and four generations,” said Mayor Wendy Waller. “And it’s changed tremendously in that time.
“It’s now a very sophisticated society, with no fewer than three universities, the hospital, a strong innovation agenda, and a great multicultural community identity.
“We’re now Sydney’s third CBD, and the gateway to the new airport, the west and the south west.”
While Sydney’s CBD has the benefit of the harbour nearby, Liverpool even has its own burgeoning “Riviera”. There are new precincts in development on the foreshores of its Georges River, around Shepherd Street on the west bank, and two new projects coming on the eastern shores at Moorebank.
“Liverpool has changed a hell of a lot, with the council planning well into the future and a lot of effort going into making sure there’s a good balance between residents and jobs, so that there’s a real vibrancy and vitality there.”
There have been many new infrastructure projects underway in the area, like the new Liverpool campus of Western Sydney University, the $740 million upgrade of Liverpool Hospital and the coming Western Sydney International Airport at Badgerys Creek.
In addition, more knowledge-based companies and industries are now moving to the area to take advantage of the proximity to the airport.
There’s also been a raft of new housing, with the NSW Department of Planning earmarking Liverpool for 12,750 dwellings over the next five years, a 72 per cent rise on predictions of just two years ago.
New apartment buildings include Liverpool Central, two high-rise towers close to Liverpool Station designed by award-winning architects Rothelowman, The Foundry and The Paper Mill, while Mirvac’s new masterplanned community Brighton Lakes last year won an Urban Development Institute of Australia residential development award.
“The landscape of Liverpool has changed dramatically and the beauty of it is now we have a huge diversity of housing, from entry-level homes, apartments, townhouses, medium-density, high-density, lifestyle acreage …” said Glen Craigie, principal of McGrath Real Estate Liverpool.
“We’re now attracting a lot of people from outside the area, including first-home buyers and investors, and Liverpool is certainly now shaping up as Sydney’s third city.”
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