Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic, has welcomed the announcement of the Western Sydney City Deal, saying it would contribute to an exciting new future for Campbelltown and Western Sydney – providing new ways of connecting people and places, growing diverse local jobs and delivering high quality lifestyle opportunities.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the Mayors of eight Councils, including Campbelltown, sealed the deal during a special signing ceremony at Werrington Park Corporate Centre on Sunday 4 March.
The City Deal includes commitments to:
Joint Federal-State funding of the first stage of a North-South rail link;
Targeted initiatives to create jobs and develop skills across the region; and
Establish a $150 million Liveability Fund, shared among the eight participating Councils.
Cr Brticevic praised the City Deal’s commitment to improving the connectivity of Western Sydney through physical infrastructure and digital technology.
“The Deal will provide investment in public transport, including rapid bus services direct to the new Western Sydney Airport from Campbelltown and other locations,” he said.
“The first stage of the North-South rail link will be funded under the plan, and the Federal and State Governments will each contribute $50 million to investigate options for a full rail link from Schofields in the north-west to Macarthur via the new Western Sydney Airport.
“Businesses are calling out for investment in the latest technology, and the City Deal delivers with a commitment to develop the Western City Digital Action Plan, in collaboration with industry partners, and a 5G strategy, including a trial of 5G technology.
“The City Deal’s focus on new and emerging technology, combined with investment in physical infrastructure, will help transform the economy of Western Sydney, improving the quality of life of our communities, and the greater metropolitan area as a whole.”
Cr Brticevic said the City Deal announcement was a red-letter day, however the big issue for Campbelltown was jobs – the creation of jobs which meet the needs of our growing community, and suit the skill sets of local workers.
“I’m pleased to see the City Deal’s focus on the creation of jobs – with a target of 200,000 new jobs – across a range of industries over the next 20 years,” he said.
“In particular, Council is looking forward to working with all levels of government to create an Indigenous Small Business Opportunity Hub in Campbelltown, and to accessing the resources of the Federal and State Governments through early, active participation in the Western Sydney Investment Attraction Office, to bring more jobs to our city.”
Cr Brticevic said the Liveability Program would also benefit the Campbelltown community, giving each Council the opportunity to apply for $15 million in funding for local projects which contributed to making all parts of Western Sydney better places to live.
“Western Sydney is growing at a rapid pace – with an extra 500,000 people expected to call our region home within the next 20 years,” he said.
“The City Deal will help us capitalise on the opportunities presented by this growth to ensure we have the infrastructure needed to support connectivity and strategies to stimulate job development and the economy, while simultaneously ensuring our communities are diverse, vibrant and attractive places to live.”