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Local government critical to future success

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali MP. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali MP.

Media release 12 July, 2018

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has welcomed a speech from Anthony Albanese that supports the role of local government and regional organisations (ROCs) in future city planning.

The Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport Cities and Regional Development presented the Federal Opposition’s proposed City Partnerships concept at an address to The Sydney Institute on Wednesday night.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “Delivering outcomes for our future cities is a significant challenge, one that requires all levels of government, the private sector and the community communicating in an open and transparent way.

“While the current City Deal and Greater Sydney Commission have delivered a much needed framework for participating councils, Mr Albanese acknowledged several shortcomings that WSROC hopes will be addressed in future.

“It was expected that the Western City Deal, like its UK predecessors, would revise existing funding and governance arrangements between local, state and federal government – arrangements that limit councils’ ability to deliver liveable communities for their residents,” said Cr Bali.

“The City Deal has recognised liveability as a critical issue for Western Sydney, allocating $150 million Liveability Fund to deliver agreed projects in participating council areas.

“Whilst $150 million sounds like a significant pot of money, we must recognise that $150 per new resident moving into Greater Western Sydney is not a long-term solution for our region’s liveability.

The City Deal must provide the opportunity to revise how local infrastructure can be sustainably funded for the long term; not just for certain council areas, but all councils right across the Western Sydney region,” he said.

“WSROC is also pleased to note Mr Albanese’s recognition of the artificial administrative boundaries currently being placed on our city,” said Cr Bali.

“Dividing Western Sydney into Central and Western Cities is a useful tool for guiding the future vision for Sydney, but using these boundaries to restrict participation in strategic planning discussions and funding pools, will not produce the best outcomes for Western Sydney as a whole,” he said.

“WSROC welcomes the Federal Opposition’s focus on partnerships and greater grass roots engagement. If Western Sydney is to achieve its aspirations then the ideas of The Greater Sydney Commission, the participation of all councils in the region, and bi-partisan collaboration will inevitably produce the best outcomes,” said Cr Bali.

“We hope that any future government would build upon the significant work already done as part of the Western Sydney City Deal.

“No one has the complete solution but collaboration will produce winners. Not just Western Sydney, but the State of NSW and the national economy” he said.


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