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CSIRO to move 450 employees to western Sydney Aerotropolis

CSIRO to move 450 employees to western Sydney Aerotropolis

CSIRO will move 450 employees to a futuristic new office at the Aerotropolis in western Sydney.

Based alongside agribusiness, defence and manufacturing businesses, CEO Dr Larry Marshall said the move would be an opportunity for CSIRO’s scientists to collaborate with other experts to develop new technologies and solve problems.

“Aerotropolis reflects the new generation of CSIRO, agile and diverse, while building on a great 100-year legacy of innovation through collaboration,” he said.

“Sydney is where CSIRO invented fast Wi-Fi and where we will invent the next innovations for our future prosperity and sustainability.”

The new precinct will be based around an international airport and train line, both due for completion in 2026 – the same time as the organisation’s new, carbon-neutral offices.

The CSIRO will have 18,000 square metres at the Aerotropolis, which is expected to be a functioning city based around the Nancy-Bird Walton International Airport at Badgerys Creek.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the Aerotropolis was intended to be a “focal point for Australian innovation, research and productivity”, making it a perfect match for the national science agency.

“CSIRO is a national icon and would set the tone for the Aerotropolis as an innovation hub which will drive the creation of more than 200,000 jobs across the Western Parkland City,” she said.

Construction on the project will begin mid-2023.