AN ESTIMATED 950 jobs will be created after Western Sydney Parklands Trust received approval for the development of Horsley Drive Business Park last week.
The 21-hectare business park, on the corner of The Horsley Drive and Cowpasture Road in Wetherill Park, is part of the 2010 Parklands Plan of Management which set aside two per cent of the parklands to create revenue for the remaining 98 per cent.
The approval includes constructing an access road from the existing roundabout at Cowpasture and Newton roads, creation of stormwater basins and providing utilities to service the site.
Works at the site are anticipated to begin in eight weeks.
Site manager Tim Colless is preparing the site for subdivision into 12 lots.
"The first stage of construction will take around five to six months," he said. "I hope the whole development will be finished before the end of 2015."
The business park is an extension of the existing Smithfield-Wetherill Park industrial estates on The Horsley Drive.
Western Sydney Parklands Trust director Suellen Fitzgerald said about $13.5 million was being invested in the project, adding more than $80 million to western Sydney's economy.
About 350 jobs will be created during construction with a further 600 long-term jobs. The trust has called for developers, investors and occupiers interested in the long-term leasing of lots. The closing date for proposals is March 1.
"This site is expected to be converted into industrial headquarters or high-tech business facilities which will provide employment for locals," she said.
"These facilities will require development approval and create more construction jobs.
"This means more people will be able to work and live in the Fairfield LGA."
A site inspection is this Friday, February 8, for interested parties to view the site.