Monday, 17 December 2018 15:27

Councils can deliver infrastructure but need adequate resourcing

Media release, 17 December, 2018

 

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called on the NSW Government to heed recommendations in Infrastructure Australia’s Planning Liveable Cities report launched last week.

The report highlights the need to enhance incentives that promote improved governance and better collaboration between all levels of government to achieve the liveability aspirations of our cities.

WSROC President Cr Barry Calvert said “This is an ongoing challenge for local government. We see the need to make greater investments in liveability infrastructure for our rapidly growing communities but have limited resources to deliver.

“Within the space of two weeks, two announcements were made that demonstrate the lack of sufficient existing incentives for local government to deliver on the key liveability infrastructure their communities want.

On the 29th Nov, Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres announced a $20 million contribution to Rugby Australia for improved facilities and initiatives. He said the new centre will play a vital role in continuing to develop rugby in Australia with training grounds, a gymnasium, recovery centre, education facilities, technology centre, club rooms and an administration centre.

On the 13th December Blacktown City Council announced that $100 million has been put aside to build and run the Australian-first International Centre of Training Excellence at Rooty Hill.

“We are building facilities that will be ‘elite for all’ — world class infrastructure that will benefit and be available to the whole community.  It will comprise gymnasiums, high performance training facilities, sports medicine and rehabilitation centre, education facilities, club rooms for multiple sports codes and an administration centre,” Mayor of Blacktown Cr Stephen Bali said.

The NSW Government has declined to offer support for the Blacktown facility.

Cr Calvert said, “I find it difficult to see how spending $20 million in Eastern Sydney for a professional sports code has greater merit than spending $20 million for a local government initiative that will benefit all of Western Sydney and a number of different sporting codes.”

“Blacktown Council should be commended for going it alone, but it should not have to. This is infrastructure that serves the whole region, and we believe that not enough attention is being directed towards region-shared infrastructure.

“If the State Government wants local government to play a more strategic role in infrastructure delivery then it needs to step up,” Cr Calvert said.

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