Wednesday, 28 March 2018 17:15

WSROC welcomes lines on map; looks to next steps Featured

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali at crowded rail station in Western Sydney WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali at crowded rail station in Western Sydney Blacktown City Council

Media release, 28 March, 2018

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the release of the region’s long term transport corridors and encourages Government to look at next steps.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “Western Sydney has been waiting for this announcement for decades and we are very glad to see lines finally drawn on a map.

“Knowing the location of future transport corridors is critical for local government’s strategic planning. With greater certainty, councils can make more informed decisions, and achieve better outcomes for the community.

“Following community consultation, the next step is to develop a comprehensive and coherent master-plan not just for the aerotropolis but also for the surrounding lands,” he said.

“WSROC encourages the formation of an authority to facilitate collaboration and guide the development of sub-regional masterplans especially for the northern and southern gateways to the Western Sydney aerotropolis. 

“Validation of the strategic transport corridors cannot occur in isolation from the development of local transport plans in support of sub-regional or precinct masterplans.

“There is a whole lot of interest in this area of Sydney, so there are a lot of moving parts, many of which are outside the government sector.

“To achieve the best outcomes, we need to make sure everyone – government, councils, industry and landholders – are investing their time and resources in a way that supports the vision for this region,” said Cr Bali.

“That means ensuring planned developments are designed in a way that augments state transport corridors, and vice versa.

“We are all aware that there is enormous potential for Western Sydney, and we need to make the most of it.

“The North-South rail corridor for instance will open up opportunities to plan commercial centres, schools, health facilities and villages within a walkable distance to public transport; creating a highly liveable corridor that could easily accommodate over half a million people within walking distance of a railway station,” said Cr Bali.

“Done well, this could have flow on effects for every aspect of liveability.

“Properly planned local access to these railway stations would facilitate walking and cycling as part of the commute, making a substantial contribution to the obesity and diabetes epidemic in Western Sydney.

“Local jobs in town centres surrounding these stations could easily total 70,000, a number further bolstered by connecting to the region’s existing employment centres – pushing us closer to closing the region’s jobs deficit gap.

“This is the future we hope we are working towards, but we need all stakeholders at the table in order to achieve the best outcomes for the region,” he said.

 

Visit https://www.collaborativemap.com/WesternSydneyCorridors to have your say on the proposed corridors.

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