Senator Payne welcomes funding for local Councils to improve liveability

Thursday, 13 September 2018

New funding to improve liveability across the new Western Parkland City

Eight local councils across the future Western Parkland City will share in a $150 million Liveability Program to provide high quality community infrastructure and public spaces, as part of the Western Sydney City Deal.

Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, Alan Tudge, said the Australian Government was committed to the Western Parkland City as a centre for new jobs and industry and for providing great places to live and work as the city grows.

“The Western Sydney City Deal is an opportunity to shape the development of Western Sydney and to create and maintain a place where people want to live, businesses want to locate and tourists from across Australia and the world want to visit.”

The Federal and State governments are each contributing $60 million with councils providing a further $30 million to the Liveability Fund to improve parks and community spaces needed for a growing population.

“We are dedicated to providing tangible benefits for the communities in Western Sydney through projects that will give our cities a sense of place and character, like bike paths, community centres and public spaces,” said Minister Tudge.

NSW Minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, said the program will support the growth of the Western Parkland City, providing essential community infrastructure as communities grow. 

“This funding will empower local governments to deliver local facilities to promote healthy, active lifestyles and support the arts, culture and creativity,” Minister Ayres said.

“As we realise the aspiration of a 30-minute city for Western Sydney, we are bringing people closer to jobs, education and services than ever before to ensure this growing region, its economy and its residents thrive.

“We want people already living in and moving to communities across Western Sydney to see clear and tangible benefits as our third city develops,” Mr Ayres said.

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne said the funding package was a significant investment in the transformation of the region.

“Under our long term plan, Penrith is set to benefit from new employment, infrastructure and educational opportunities being delivered right at its doorstep,” Senator Payne said.

“I am pleased that our community will benefit from the government’s support of local project delivery which will help enhance liveability at a grassroots level, and I look forward to working alongside Penrith City Council to achieve positive outcomes.”

Applications are invited from the eight Councils of the City Deal: Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly with successful projects expected to be announced early 2019.

 

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