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Smart Cities: What’s the deal for local government?

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29 APRIL, 2016

Smart Cities: What’s the deal for local government?

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has welcomed the federal government’s Smart Cities Plan, but acknowledges much work must be done to achieve the 30 minute city vision.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said Western Sydney councils welcome today’s announcement that the federal government will be increasing its investment in economy-building projects across Australia.

“Western Sydney councils have a long history of providing well-costed, well-scoped project proposals to the state and federal government; many embracing the concept of value-capture as lauded in the Smart Cities Plan,” he said.

“Projects such as the Parramatta Light Rail network, north-south rail line and Parramatta to Badgerys Creek fast train are all projects which have been scoped thanks to investment from local councils."

“We believe this policy will encourage local government to take the initiative and use their grass-roots knowledge to propose well-thought-out projects and policy ideas that are beneficial to their communities,” he said.

“The Smart Cities Plan correctly states that ‘Cities succeed and perform best when all tiers of government, the private sector and the community, work together to deliver a shared vision for their city’.

“WSROC agrees with this statement, and for this reason, would like to see a stronger focus on engaging with local government, not just state and territory governments, in the Plan,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“WSROC also invites further discussion with Mr Turnbull on his 30 minute cities concept and how they will be realised with City Deals,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Many Western Sydney residents are travelling for 30 minutes. They spend four times this getting to work on a daily basis, and it is costing the Sydney economy over $5 billion per year.”

"Establishing Sydney as the sole nucleus of a 30 minute city, will clearly not work. Sydney is over 60 kilometres across. Unless we are travelling at 120 kilometres per hour the entire way, 30 minutes is not a feasible time frame,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

"If 30 minute cities are to become a reality for Western Sydney residents, we need to build up our sub-regional cities. The Australian Government and WSROC agree on many points. We need to build and diversify the employment opportunities in these cities, and create efficient transport links between and across the region,” he said.

“Additionally, emerging regional employment centres, places such as Marsden Park near Blacktown, will need intensive, strategic focus if they are to provide a 30-minute reality for residents in our bulging growth centres,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“We invite the federal government to discuss how the Smart Cities Plan and 30 minute city concept isn’t just election spin. Let’s make it a reality for Western Sydney,” said Cllr Hadchiti.


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Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) represents 10 local councils in Western Sydney. WSROC advocates on behalf of its councils and their residents to ensure equity in infrastructure and services, to promote liveability and quality of life. It seeks to deliver value to councils through regional collaboration in coordinated procurement, IP and shared services, and manages a number of regional projects funded jointly by its members or from external sources.

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