Wollondilly Council welcomes Western Sydney City Deal
Posted on: 09.03.2018
It was a momentous occasion yesterday when Wollondilly Mayor Judith Hannan signed off on the Western Sydney City Deal, alongside Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the Mayors of Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool and Penrith Councils.
The City Deal will deliver a north-south rail link to the Badgery’s Creek Airport, 200,000 new jobs, an agribusiness precinct, an Aerospace Institute and funding for liveability projects throughout the eight local government areas.
Mayor Hannan addressed those gathered for the announcement on behalf of the Mayors, saying, “Western Sydney is home to many amazing people who just need opportunity and the city deal is that opportunity. Today the 1.5 million people in Western Sydney should have a smile on their face.”
“The key feature to the entire city deal is liveability - what this means is a healthy place to live, to learn, to invest in, to work and to play,” she said.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity where eight Mayors are working together on a regional level for a long term commitment to the people of Western Sydney, our communities.”
General Manager Luke Johnson said, “It was particularly exciting to see that the Wollondilly Health Alliance model is to be utilised across Western and Southwest Sydney.”
A joint statement from the Mayors noted, “The commitment to critical Government investment, particularly in transport, jobs and infrastructure, will be welcomed by the communities of the Western City.”
“The signing of the City Deal between three levels of government today marks a fundamental change in how Canberra and Macquarie St work with the region and its residents.”
The Mayors noted, “We have commitments from Federal and State governments to get moving on vital pieces of regional infrastructure and our local communities will benefit from the $150,000 Liveability Fund, providing facilities such as parks and community spaces needed for a growing population.”
In his speech at the City Deal launch, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recognized the work of the Greater Sydney Commission in helping to bring the deal together.
”I want to acknowledge the spirit in which the Western Sydney City Deal was agreed upon,” said the Prime Minister.
“We will look back on this time and recognise that today, here in Werrington, we began a great endeavour.”
He noted that Western Sydney is home to diverse communities who were undergoing enormous change and that the aim was to “preserve the unique character of each community.”
Premier Gladys Berejiklian described the agreement as ‘the culmination of a once-in-a-generation opportunity to provide jobs.”
“It is a 20 year plan which brings all of us to the table together,” she said.
Wollondilly Council will continue working together with the seven other Councils and the State and Federal Government over the coming months to clarify more details which will flow from this deal and ensure the best outcomes for the Wollondilly community.