Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:04

WSROC welcomes budget spending in the West

Media Release September 7, 2011

Western Sydney councils have welcomed the State Government’s financial commitment to the North West and South West Rail links as outlined in the NSW Budget announced yesterday but expressed concern about cuts to roads funding and infrastructure for schools.

 

The President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, Clr Alison McLaren said these announcements would bring great benefits to the residents of Western Sydney.

“We are pleased the O’Farrell Government has followed through on their promise to deliver for the people of Western Sydney and have locked in funding for some of the key transport and infrastructure investments we so urgently need,” WSROC President Clr Alison McLaren said.

“The $600 million commitment to build the North-West and South-West rail links will greatly improve the transport options for our residents who at present have no choice but to face long and expensive commutes by car to get to work.

“But we are disappointed that there has not been any mention of funding for the Epping Parramatta rail link which is an equally vital piece of regional infrastructure.

“We also note there have been significant cuts to the roads budget for Western Sydney which will mean that our drivers continue to face long delays in heavy traffic as they try to go about their daily lives.

“We are also concerned that the Government has reduced the education capital works and infrastructure budget by almost 43 per cent – which will inevitably have a negative impact on the ability of the schools to meet the needs of their students.”

“However we are pleased to see $2.2 billion announced for vocational training – this will make a real difference to the education and employment opportunities available to our young people who are already disadvantaged when it comes to tertiary education opportunities.

“Hopefully the Government has now recognized that the people of Western Sydney have been overlooked too many times in the past, and are moving to redress this balance, “ Clr McLaren said.

 

 


 

Media Inquiries Karin Bishop, Deputy CEO on 0417 239 539

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