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Budget Relief but still no transport network for Western Sydney Featured

MEDIA RELEASE: 17 November 2020 WSROC congratulates the NSW Government for delivering a Budget that commits to supporting communities and businesses post-COVID and takes a clear stance on responsible climate action, but adds that further detail is necessary on waste spending and transport infrastructure for Western Sydney.

WSROC President Clr Barry Calvert said, “The Government has certainly committed funding for projects such as the Great Western Highway duplication, Parramatta Light Rail stage 1. While this investment is welcome, the timely delivery of a fully-integrated transport system for Western Sydney appears, again, to be a bridge too far.

“Planning reforms that fast-track development in the region must also be matched with fast-tracked transport options for the people who live here. This includes completion of the full Western Sydney Airport Metro, and Parramatta Light Rail stage 2.

“WSROC sees the proceeds from selling off the NSW Government’s stake in WestConnex as the obvious route to delivering these integral links,” said Clr Calvert.

“WSROC welcomes measures such as the $32 million support package to alleviate impacts of the increased Emergency Services Levy, rates concessions for pensioners, and further support for families – specifically supporting women whose work has been impacted by COVID.

“Also welcome is the investment in re-skilling and providing opportunities for more apprenticeships and pathways to trades careers, as well as the measures to better fund much-needed health and mental health services, and investment in new and better social housing.

“However - while the Budget refers to funding for waste management and growing a circular economy, we are concerned that the details don’t reflect prioritisation of this issue. A continuing lack of clarity on waste management continues to adversely impact councils’ day-to-day operations and future planning.

“Programs such as the Government’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative achieve great results for the environment and help to promote community investment in sustainable habits. Clear direction and continued funding are essential, in bridging the gap between intentions and outcomes. 

“We welcome the opportunity to work with the Government in bringing those outcomes to the fore, for Western Sydney,” said Clr Calvert.

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