Tuesday, 23 June 2015 16:54

NSW Budget 2015: WSROC welcomes Western Sydney focus

 

Media release, June 23, 2015

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed increased funding for the region’s infrastructure, transport and health in the NSW Budget released today.

“Today we saw a Government who has listened to the needs of Western Sydney residents,” said WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti.

“There are significant investments in store for Western Sydney’s roads, rail, health and schools, and this is directly aligned with the rapid growth the region is experiencing,” he said.

“WSROC is particularly happy to see a $54.9 million increase in grant funding to help local councils deliver essential infrastructure for new housing developments,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“The roll-out of State-managed infrastructure to Western Sydney’s key Growth Centres has also received a boost and we hope to see this accelerate new housing supply in the Sydney’s north west and south west regions,” he said.

“Commitments to transport infrastructure have been equally encouraging.”

“The NSW Government has renewed commitments to the Western Sydney Light Rail, roads surrounding Badgerys Creek airport, the WestConnex and regional road upgrades,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Commuters will also benefit from a $37 million investment for planning major upgrades to the severely congested T1 Western rail line,” he said.

Health is another area where Western Sydney has historically experienced chronic underfunding.

“Major funding announcements for Blacktown, Mount Druitt and Westmead hospitals, including significant investments in medical research promise better health outcomes, as well as increase job opportunities for residents,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

Preventative health has also taken a front seat with $16 million promised over four years for type 2 diabetes prevention programs.

“Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle condition that disproportionately affects Western Sydney residents, so it is fantastic to see this issue is officially on the NSW health agenda.” said Cllr Hadchiti.

Western Sydney has also received significant funding in other areas including: $30 million for arts and cultural development, $10 million for an Aboriginal Centre of Excellence and $22 million to bring world class events to Western Sydney.

“From roads to arts, health and schools, this is a Government that has delivered exactly what was promised,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Western Sydney councils are ready to turn this funding into real world outcomes, and encourage ministers from all portfolios to work closely with local government and their communities in delivering these projects,” he said.

 

Media contact – Kelly-Anne Gee, 02 9671 4333, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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