12 March 2020

Mayoral Column

March 2020 is the second anniversary of the Western Sydney City Deal signing between eight Councils - Hawkesbury, Penrith, Blue Mountains, Wollondilly, Campbelltown, Camden, Fairfield and Liverpool. The Western Sydney City Deal is a landmark agreement between Federal, State and Local Government which lays the foundations for a thriving, liveable and sustainable ‘Western Parkland City’.

Locally, our share of the $150 million Liveability Fund from the City Deal is being used to help revitalise the Hawkesbury, with a renewed focus on opportunities for the retail, commercial, tourism and housing sectors. Hawkesbury residents and businesses will benefit from this significant investment. To access the City Deal funding, local councils will also need to contribute funding. This will enable us to do even more for our community by combining the funds Federal, State and Local government.

Now in our second year of this partnership, we can celebrate our achievements so far in the Revitalisation Program for the town centres of Richmond, Windsor and South Windsor, with Council has launching new murals at Windsor Mall and establishing the Shopfront Improvement Grant Scheme.

Council is asking all community members to provide their thoughts and ideas to help shape the future of these town centres by completing the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/revitalisingtowncentres and by leaving comments on the interactive maps at www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au

Being a part of the Western City Parkland is important for the Hawkesbury as it connects us with the central growth region for infrastructure, jobs and tourism. While the project will think big and look to the future, it will also deliver practical on-the-ground town centre improvements with the allocated funding by 2022.

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