Council calls on Federal Government to Catch Up with Wollondilly

Council calls on Federal Government to Catch Up with Wollondilly

Posted on: 22.02.2019

Wollondilly Mayor Matthew Deeth joined a national call for better access to roads, transport, local jobs and community facilities in fast growing outer suburbs at the launch of the Catch Up with the Outer Suburbs campaign in Canberra this week.

Mayor Deeth met with Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge and Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development Anthony Albanese and local member the Hon. Angus Taylor along with other Members of Parliament from fast growing areas around the country.

The National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), a group of 21 councils, including from Sydney’s growth areas, launched the Catch Up with the Outer Suburbs campaign at Parliament House in the lead up to the next Federal Election. The campaign calls on federal politicians to Catch Up with population growth in the outer suburbs and give residents access to the same essential services and infrastructure as inner city residents enjoy.

“People move to new areas like Wollondilly to create a better life for themselves and their family. But we have increasing numbers of new residents each year and the essential services and infrastructure we need are stretched and unable to keep up with this unprecedented level of growth,” said Mayor Deeth.

“Our residents have the right to fair levels of infrastructure investment that will enable our new and established communities to thrive.”

Mayor Deeth said “We are doing all we can to help our residents live in safe, healthy and connected communities. But we cannot achieve that outcome on our own. This is a national issue.”

‘Catch Up with the outer suburbs’ has three common sense recommendations for the federal government:

  • Get 5 million people to work, study or home on time
  • Create jobs where the workforce lives
  • Build the facilities to build communities.

“I urge residents to join the email campaign at www.catchup.org.au to tell our politicians about the priority infrastructure needs in our community,” said Mayor Deeth.