The new airport for Western Sydney at Badgerys Creek, which according to the Government will create 20,000 jobs by the early 2030s and 60,000 in the longer term, is the central piece of the Western Sydney City Deal. However, this City Deal is much more than just an airport, and has huge ramifications for the eight councils directly involved, and also as a live case study for the rest of the local government sector.
Luke Johnson, GM of Wollondilly joined us for our Showcase with the PM&C Dept. late last year, and Alan Stoneham, GM of Penrith, provided invaluable insights during his presentation at our National Congress last month. According to Alan, 'a city deal is a transformative opportunity, and a framework for all levels of government to work together, with a long-term commitment to partnership.'
The Hon. Angus Taylor MP, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation
We plan to follow the Western Sydney City Deal closely, and will talk to as many of those involved as possible over the next 12 months.
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This is a huge and complex collaboration between a large number of councils, the state and national governments. In many ways it can be seen as an opportunity for new approaches to regional governance, and there should be ample opportunities to work together to maximise the advantages.
Topics discussed at the roundtable included connectivity, which is seen 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. This will also be supported the NSW Government's proposed $73 billion package of roads and public transport infrastructure including key road upgrades in and around the airport, Sydney Metro, Sydney Metro West, light rail and major motorway connections including WestConnex.
The Western Sydney City Deal is on track to be finalised in the second half of 2017.