Monday, 24 August 2015 12:16

Premier meets with Western Sydney councils

WSROC President Tony Hadchiti and NSW Premier Mike Baird WSROC President Tony Hadchiti and NSW Premier Mike Baird Credit: Adam Hollingworth

Premier Mike Baird met with the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) on Thursday August 20, to discuss the state’s most rapidly growing region.

Representatives from across 10 Western Sydney councils gathered to discuss topics ranging from Fit for the Future reforms to local infrastructure projects, affordable housing and youth unemployment.

WSROC President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti congratulated the Premier on his collaborative approach to governing.

“This wasn’t just a ‘tick the box’ meeting, this was a meeting where issues were raised and taken on board. We had good, constructive discussion on a range of topics and I believe we will get a productive outcome,” he said.

“It shows Mr Baird’s commitment to his role as Minister for Western Sydney, and was an opportunity for Western Sydney mayors and councillors to discuss region-specific issues such as Badgerys Creek airport, Western Sydney’s growth centres, infrastructure, and employment,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

Councillors were also pleased to confirm details surrounding the local government reform process.

“It was great to be assured that media speculation regarding council sackings was incorrect and that following IPART’s review of Fit for the Future submissions, the government will consult closely with councils prior to any changes being made,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“That said, we understand that change is on the way and will work with the Government to ensure reforms offer improved levels of service and downward pressure on rates for our residents,” he said.

Premier Mike Baird also found the discussion productive.

“This was a highly productive conversation,” he said.

“I congratulate the WSROC councils for their leadership on promoting the needs of western Sydney.

“I believe that they, together with the state Government, can take great pride in how much progress we’ve made, particularly on infrastructure.

“It’s also very clear there is a consensus for reform, and it was agreed that it must be done together, and done by looking at the interests of ratepayers.”

The meeting was hosted by Liverpool City Council (opens external site), who welcomed the Premier to the rapidly growing region.

“Infrastructure and jobs creation within the region require a coordinated approach from all levels of government,” said Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun.

“As the fastest growing region of NSW, it is critical to ensure that the right infrastructure and services are in place. As our population grows we must make sure that we are able to generate jobs and address the need for connectivity between key centres, including the fostering of global and national linkages through the new airport.

“We look forward to working with the Premier on getting the region moving,” said Mayor Mannoun.

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