CAMPBELLTOWN City Council has unveiled its plan to create "Australia's Greenest City" as it launches a new employment and investment initiative to attract and support the next generation of jobs and homes for one of the fastest growing economic regions in the country.
Following the recent Western Sydney City Deal – a tri-level agreement with federal, state and local government, which set a target of 200,000 new jobs across the region – the council has released its draft strategy for the future.
The 'Re-Imagining Campbelltown' strategy, which was was prepared by Deloitte in partnership with the Council, aims to ensure the city, and broader Macarthur region, is positioned to leverage the growth, investment and opportunities of the future.
The draft report suggests that Macarthur will be home to an additional 800,000 within the next 25 years.
"In order to support this population explosion, we need to start planning for the necessary infrastructure, jobs, and homes, now. Doing nothing is not an option," said Mayor of Campbelltown, George Brticevic.
"Campbelltown has today put its hand up and said it's prepared to meet these growth targets head on. We can't afford to just sit back and wait for growth to overtake us – we need to get on with the job of planning and building a city that people will want to invest in, want to live, and want to visit."
Council will soon commence a program of engagement with community, business, and government, seeking their feedback on the draft report, to ensure its future plans are communicated widely to a variety of stakeholders.
"Campbelltown is uniquely placed to lead the development of some of NSW's major centres. It is Sydney's southern gateway, acting as a main city 'hub' for the Southern Highlands and the Illawarra, and is ideally situated between Sydney's two international airports at Mascot and Badgerys Creek," Cr Brticevic said.
"Its strategic location, combined with existing assets such as its vast natural spaces, and health and education clusters, as well as a rapidly growing population, makes the Campbelltown proposition like no other in Sydney."
More information is available from the Campbelltown City Council website at <https://www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au/Business/ReimaginingCampbelltown>.