Monday, 01 August 2016 13:20

West’s CBDs ranked liveable – the rest fall behind

Housing estate in Western Sydney. Housing estate in Western Sydney.

Media release, 1 August, 2016

 

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed today’s Deloitte Access Economics study into liveability, saying it confirms what the West has known for some time.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “This report reaffirms that there is a very real difference between the overall liveability of East and West in Sydney.”

“Western Sydney councils have long called for greater investment in the West, specifically relating to some of the services outlined in this report – employment, public transport, green space, arts and education,” he said.

“We are glad to see CBD areas such as Bankstown, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith score relatively well – with good access to public transport, green space, arts and recreational facilities – however the picture rapidly changes as the analysis moves outside the immediate proximity of the West’s CBDs,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Significantly, suburbs within the North West Growth Centre ranks as the most unliveable in all of Sydney due to lack of public transport and other amenities.

“The picture is little better in the region’s west and south west,” he said.

“While this analysis included some more frivolous liveability measures such as harbour views and beach accessibility, the factors diminishing liveability in Sydney’s West were fundamental inequities relating to employment access, public transport, access to green space and education,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Significantly, the report found that liveability rankings tended to follow Sydney’ rail lines, confirming the importance of rail accessibility to Western Sydney’s future.

“We need more stations in the West. Building railways is building opportunity. Opportunity for economic growth, better access to education, employment, cultural facilities,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“WSROC would like to see our state and federal governments take the lead in ensuring liveability is distributed more evenly across our city,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“This is particularly important as the population distribution in Sydney shifts west.

“WSROC invites the state and federal governments to work with Western Sydney councils to achieve this,” he said.

 

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Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, 02 9671 4333 (ext. 118), 0425 871 868 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

 

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