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WSROC: WestInvest a qualified win for Western Sydney Featured

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Media release, 22 September 2021

WSROC has welcomed the NSW Government’s WestInvest Funding announcement as a qualified win for the region’s communities, stating that the region’s disproportionate toll burden warrants a larger re-investment of the revenue from the sale of WESTCONNEX.

WSROC President, Clr Barry Calvert, said “The Premier’s announcement today gives our councils and communities a much-needed boost, after a particularly difficult year. However, this investment represents just a portion of the money Western Sydney has poured into infrastructure, through an unfair tolling system.

“WSROC has long advocated for proceeds from the sale of WestConnex to be reinvested into Western Sydney’s infrastructure and liveability needs as the region’s road users have paid a disproportionate amount towards the delivery of the project.

“Full time, Western Sydney workers are paying tolls to the tune of $2000 per year, to get to and from work on WestConnex; a fee that will be increased at a minimum of 4 per cent annually for the next 40 years.

“We commend the Government for reinvesting the WestConnex proceeds into the region that made it possible. However, let’s not forget that the people of the West continue to be unduly taxed through unfair tolls,” he said.

“While we’ve been in lockdown, the gaps in Western Sydney’s social infrastructure have certainly been more keenly felt. In ordinary times, people depend on access to quality sporting grounds and facilities, on swimming pools for relief from hot summers, and places to exercise and play as the basics for any community to grow and thrive. However, expensive commutes and continuing gaps in our transport network also need to be addressed for our region’s post-COVID recovery.

“Access to better schools, green space and parks will absolutely make a world of difference to people’s wellbeing. As we emerge from this gruelling period, our communities also need long-standing, built-in inequities to change. WSROC welcomes the Government’s WestInvest announcement and keenly anticipates further developments, including the imminent Tolling Inquiry, to continue to advocate for a better, fairer system for the West.” said Clr Calvert.

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