Thursday, 09 June 2016 15:58

Western leaders gather for regional transport forum

WSROC CEO Charles Casuscelli speaking at Western Sydney Transport Forum WSROC CEO Charles Casuscelli speaking at Western Sydney Transport Forum

Media Release, 6 June 2016

Transport leaders from across Western Sydney gathered in Blacktown last Thursday to discuss what a transport strategy should look like for the growing region.

Run by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), the WSROC Transport Forum brought together a range of experts from local councils, state government and private agencies.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “There is such great transport need in Western Sydney that it is important we think about the region as a whole. What would an ideal system look like? How can we work towards getting there?

“Discussions on the night highlighted that while infrastructure investment is definitely needed, it is just one part of solving the transport issues Western Sydney faces.

“Land use planning, corridor preservation, demand management, coordination of various transport modes, and reducing commute distances through targeted job creation programs, all need to be considered as part of a strategic transport solution for Western Sydney,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“The most important takeaway is that Western Sydney needs an integrated transport network consisting of roads, rail, and metro.

“Each mode has a distinct purpose and place, and there needs to be more consideration of which modes are appropriate in which locations, as well as from a cost and commuter-need perspective,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“A rail link to Badgerys is certainly essential, but this alone will not solve the West’s transport issues, just like building a rapid rail link to Kingsford-Smith did not solve the wider transport issues of Eastern Sydney,” he said.

“There will be one million extra people moving to the region over the next few decades. Half of these will be in our Priority Growth Areas on the outer-west rim of Western Sydney; between Blacktown and the Blue Mountains,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Ensuring these people will be able to move around efficiently will require strategic coordination of infrastructure investment, land use planning, and targeted programs to increase employment in Sydney’s outer-west; an area that currently has access to fewer than 5 per cent of Sydney’s jobs via a 30 minute car trip[1],” he said.

“WSROC will continue to advocate for a holistic transport and land use strategy because that is what Western Sydney needs to grow as a liveable, economically successful region,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

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[1]SGS Economics. Attracting jobs to outer urban growth areas. Available from: http://www.sgsep.com.au/publications/attracting-jobs-outer-urban-growth-areas

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