Mayors welcome Western Parkland City Liveability Program launch

The announcement was made by NSW Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres and Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, Alan Tudge, in Campbelltown today, officially launching the program’s guidelines and calling for applications.

Under the Deal, the Australian and NSW Governments will contribute $60 million each to the Liveability Program, with a further $30 million from councils.

The councils of Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly will now be able to submit proposals for projects that will provide high quality community infrastructure and public spaces building on each area’s strengths, support healthy communities and enhance liveability.

The Program will provide up to $18.75 million for each Local Government area to use for its approved projects.

In a joint statement, the eight mayors welcomed the launch of the Liveability Program’s guidelines.

“This program will ensure that our communities will benefit from this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver improved community facilities, and urban amenity as well as enhance liveability,” they stated.

“The funding will enable us to deliver iconic projects that strengthen our region and provide community spaces and infrastructure to improve the lives of the 1.5 million people who will call the Western Parkland City home within 20 years.”

Projects being considered by the councils include a broad range of initiatives that are authentic to each place, addressing the inherent needs and desires of each community.

These include recreational facilities, open space upgrades, public domain activation and amenity improvements.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett has welcomed the Western Sydney City Deal as a significant opportunity that will transform the region.

“The Western Sydney City Deal has a strong focus on liveability, which can benefit every resident and business for generations to come,” Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett said.

“I’m proud to be among the eight Mayors who have embraced this opportunity, as it will help to support a vibrant and resilient future for the Hawkesbury.

“The Hawkesbury needs to be included in significant projects like this; we are on the Western Sydney map and our region deserves every boost it can get,” she said

“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.

“We have already identified funding opportunities for revitalising our four Macquarie Towns - to improve our Town Centres of Pitt Town, Wilberforce, Richmond and Windsor, and to enhance access to the Hawkesbury River,” the Hawkesbury Mayor said.

“The waterways of the Hawkesbury-Nepean River, along with agriculture and sustainability, are an integral part of our region’s identity.

“The Hawkesbury River is a valuable asset that must be treasured and utilised not only for the Hawkesbury but for the Western Parkland City.”

The Western Sydney City Deal brings the three tiers of government together to unlock opportunities in education, business and employment for the Western City and its people.

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