A ROUNDTABLE of eight western Sydney councils has confirmed a Western Sydney City Deal is on track to be finalised in the second half of 2017, which will see all three levels of government working in a partnership to encourage investment, improve housing affordability and deliver regulatory reforms.
Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor, and NSW Minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, last week co-chaired a meeting of mayors and general managers from Sydney's west and southwest districts.
Discussions focused on delivering better outcomes for a City Deal region expecting 500,000 additional residents by 2036. Connectivity was raised as a critical driver of growth, with improved transport to and from and within the region, fundamental for Western Sydney to emerge as a city in its own right.
The Western Sydney City Deal will focus on:
- An increase in infrastructure investment, including transformative public transport projects, to unlock the economic potential of the region, reduce congestion and support local needs.
- A program of employment and investment attraction to support the development of the region, through reduced business regulation, investment in skills and removing barriers to employment, including a focus on youth and Indigenous employment.
- Improving housing affordability through support for increased supply and housing diversity, including improvements to planning and zoning regulations and higher density developments in appropriate locations.
- Improved environmental and liveability outcomes, including streamlined and coordinated biodiversity conservation, support for clean air, green spaces, vibrant arts and cultural experiences.
- Coordination between governments to deliver regulatory reforms that better integrate infrastructure, land use, housing and environmental planning decisions to facilitate growth.
The local government areas of Wollondilly, Camden, Campbelltown, Liverpool, Fairfield, Penrith, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury will work together with the Commonwealth and NSW Governments to deliver a City Deal tailored to the needs of the region.
The Australian Government is making significant investments in Western Sydney to develop the Western Sydney Airport and delivering a housing package to encourage ambitious planning reforms to stimulate housing supply.
More information about City Deals is available from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website at <https://cities.dpmc.gov.au/city-deals>.