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The Lang Walker family and Western Sydney University strengthen education and medical research for Sydney's south west

The Lang Walker family and Western Sydney University strengthen education and medical research for Sydney's south west

The Lang Walker founded Walker Group and the Western Sydney University will form a strategic partnership to help deliver world-class educational and medical research facilities for Sydney’s south west.

A Lang Walker Professorial Chair will be established within the University’s School of the Built Environment to advance innovation and sustainability in the property, design and delivery spaces as part of the partnership.

“We’re delighted to expand our medical research commitments to Campbelltown and the Greater Macarthur region,” Walker Group Executive Chairman Lang Walker said today.

The Lang Walker Macarthur Medical Research Centre’s other foundational partners are the South Western Sydney Local Health District, the Ingham Institute, and UNSW Sydney.

The Walker family will contribute up to $26 million to the University to deliver the vision for the Macarthur Medical Research Centre, which will transform Campbelltown Hospital into a research precinct.

The centre will develop research into some of the region’s most pressing health conditions such as diabetes, mental health, Indigenous health, paediatrics and cancer.

“Investing in Greater Western Sydney communities is a priority for the Walker Group and builds on the community programs we are already supporting through the newly formed A-League club Macarthur Bulls FC and the Charles Perkins Soccer Academy,” Mr Walker said.

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“A research centre in the Macarthur region will boost important social benefits to local communities, families and students. It also has the potential to transform Sydney’s south west to a regional centre full of jobs, opportunities and connected communities.”

The new vertical campus in the Bankstown CBD, which is expected to open in 2022 and accommodate up to 12,000 students, will be delivered as part of the broader partnership.

“We want to create sustainable, vibrant and well-connected places, not just for today’s communities, but for future generations,” Mr Walker said.

“We look forward to strengthening our relationship with Western Sydney University and seeing the vision for the state-of-the-art vertical campus come to life.”

Mr Walker announced the partnership today at Western Sydney University’s Parramatta Campus alongside the Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres, Western Sydney University, Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover AO, and Western Sydney University Chancellor, Professor Peter Shergold AC.

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“The Lang Walker Macarthur Medical Research Centre brings together the expertise and commitment of an unprecedented array of partners committed to the health of the south west, now and over the coming decades,” Professor Barney Glover AO said.

“South Western Sydney is the most rapidly growing region in Australia. By 2036, it will be home to more than 1.5 million people. One in three new NSW residents will live in there. This rapidly growing population will present unique and sometimes complex health challenges. We need to act now if we are to meet those challenges.

“Western Sydney University is well placed to serve this fast-growing population. Working together with our alliance partners, the Macarthur Medical Research Centre is a major new opportunity for the region – a place to grow the health and medical workforce of the future, and a home for the world’s best and brightest researchers to bring together cutting-edge research, clinical expertise and innovation to improve the health and wellbeing of the local communities.”

*** Photo caption: Western Sydney University Chancellor, Professor Peter Shergold AC (from left), NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres, Walker Group Executive Chairman Lang Walker AO, and Western Sydney University, Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover AO.