West Sydney investment to unlock new homes | Liverpool City Champion

Investing in infrastructure in Sydney’s western growth areas will help build tens of thousands of new homes as housing demand soars, according to the state government.

Western Sydney councils have received $139 million to fund 24 separate projects under the New South Wales government’s Accelerated Infrastructure Fund, the Premier and Minister for Planning said on Friday.

The second round of funding will cover new drainage works, land acquisitions, road upgrades and the construction of sports grounds – works which the government says will support the delivery of more than 30,000 homes in the west from Sydney.

The 24 projects are in the councils of Blacktown, The Hills, Hawkesbury, Penrith, Liverpool, Camden and Camperdown.

“It’s about state government working with local government to unlock land, build critical infrastructure and ultimately deliver thousands of homes in Sydney’s west,” Premier Dominic Perrottet said.

The Planning Department worked with Blacktown City and Hills Shire councils to identify ‘shovel-ready’ projects, which went through formal application processes and due diligence.

The projects will create up to 2,200 jobs and convert 570 hectares into employment land, creating jobs for workers closer to home, said Planning Minister Anthony Roberts.

“We know people want to live in these areas and that’s why we’re focused on building homes, with the right infrastructure in place from the start,” Roberts said.

“By helping councils deliver these projects, we are also giving industry greater certainty for investment in Western Sydney.”

Mr Roberts said construction had started on the 14 projects announced in the first round of funding.

Two of these projects were nearing completion, including a multi-purpose recreational facility in Balmoral Road Reserve and a rural road improvement from Railway Terrace to Schofields.

NSW Opposition Leader Chris Minns said the government must invest in education, health and public transport infrastructure in western Sydney as the population continues to grow.

“We need to make sure infrastructure keeps pace with housing,” Minns said on Friday.

“You are seeing a lot of new people moving into Western Sydney and South Western Sydney.”

Camden’s population is expected to grow by 150,000 over the next decade, he said.

“The infrastructure is not keeping pace with the population,” he said.

“We have to put in schools, hospitals and public transport.

“Otherwise, life is too difficult for these rapidly growing areas of Sydney.”

Australian Associated Press

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