Saturday, 28 March 2015 11:05

WSROC to help Baird Government build Western Sydney

Media release, March 28, 2015


The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) congratulates the Liberal Party on a successful election campaign and looks forward to working closely with the Baird Government over the next four years.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “Western Sydney has been promised an unprecedented level of investment by the re-elected State Government and we are keen to ensure these investments deliver the best possible outcomes for our region and NSW more broadly.”

“Infrastructure projects such as the Western Sydney Light Rail, the Badgery’s Creek airport precinct and ‘pinch point’ road upgrades* are sorely needed and we are happy to assist the swift implementation of these projects,” he said.

Boosting the frequency and reliability of public transport to help our residents get to and from work is also something we are keen to see implemented. Increased peak hour express services and a $100 million ferry boost from Parramatta to the CBD will help ease congestion and reduce commute times for many residents.”

“With growing populations, Western Sydney also welcomes the Baird Government’s $1.5 billion** commitment to western Sydney hospitals. Increased facilities will see improved services for our residents, particularly in the booming North West and South West Growth Centres,” he said.

“In order to make the most of these investments, WSROC encourages the Government to work closely with healthcare providers to combat Western Sydney’s epidemic of lifestyle-related illnesses through effective preventative health strategies,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“We are also pleased that this Government will double the amount of arts funding dedicated to Western Sydney projects. Historically, we have seen a shocking underinvestment in Western Sydney arts. The promise of a Powerhouse Museum in Parramatta and a further $7.5 million for Western Sydney artists and institutions is a great first step towards addressing this imbalance.”

“Finally, a $20 million commitment to social housing improvement will help slash waiting times for those in need, and ensure a better quality of life for NSW’s most disadvantaged,” he said.

“Western Sydney is a source of untapped opportunity for the NSW economy, for tourism and the arts. WSROC hopes the promises made by the Baird Government will help to unlock this potential,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

 

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


* Including $18 million for upgrades to Hoxton Park Road, $12 million for Homebush Bay Drive, and $18 million for the Cumberland Highway.

** Including $400 million for the stage two development of Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals, $4 million for upgrades to Nepean Hospital and $480 million investment in Westmead Hospital. $600 million has also been promised for new facilities at Rouse Hill, Liverpool and Campbelltown.

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