$170 million transformation for Western Sydney communities
Western Sydney will undergo a liveability upgrade with the announcement today of millions of dollars in projects to revitalise community infrastructure and public spaces.
Under Round One of the Western City Liveability Program, eight councils will receive funding for a string of important local projects.
The funding is the next step in the once-in-a-generation Western Sydney City Deal.
Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, Alan Tudge, said the projects would improve the lives and opportunities for people across Western Sydney.
“Funding will support new and redeveloped parks, sport and recreation facilities, rejuvenating town centres and creating spaces for arts and cultural events,” Mr Tudge said.
“The successful projects will support the growth of the Western Parkland City, showing just what a great place it is to live and work.”
“It will also bolster this regions ability to attract national and international investment.”
Each of the projects will be co-funded by the three levels of government. The Federal and NSW governments are each contributing $60 million. Councils are providing a further $50 million.
NSW Minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres said today’s announcement was another major milestone for the Western Sydney City Deal, following the release of the deal’s Implementation Plan in December.
“The collaboration between all levels of government is already delivering tangible outcomes for the Western Parkland City, which will continue to thrive under the landmark 20-year agreement,” Mr Ayres said.
He said the projects will create liveable and sustainable neighbourhoods.
“This program will bolster our Parkland City’s transformation into one of the most vibrant and liveable places in Australia,” Mr Ayres said.
The projects will assist communities to retain their unique characteristics, while delivering new community infrastructure to promote healthy lifestyles and support culture and creativity.
Work will commence this year for projects approved under Round One. A second round of the Liveability Program is expected to take place later in 2019, with those councils who did not apply for their full funding in Round One, eligible to apply.
The Western Sydney City Deal is a 20 year-agreement between the Australian and NSW governments, and the eight local Councils of the Western Parkland City to capitalise on the opportunity presented by the Western Sydney Airport and to deliver transformative change to the region.