The Mayors of the eight councils within the Western Parkland City have welcomed the launch of the $150 million Liveability Program, an initiative of the Western Sydney City Deal.
The announcement was made by NSW Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres and Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, Alan Tudge, in Campbelltown today, officially launching the program’s guidelines and calling for applications.
Under the Deal, the Australian and NSW Governments will contribute $60 million each to the Liveability Program, with a further $30 million from councils.
The councils of Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly will now be able to submit proposals for projects that will provide high quality community infrastructure and public spaces building on each area’s strengths, support healthy communities and enhance liveability.
The Program will provide up to $18.75 million for each Local Government area to use for its approved projects.
In a joint statement, the eight mayors welcomed the launch of the Liveability Program’s guidelines.
“This program will ensure that our communities will benefit from this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver improved community facilities, and urban amenity as well as enhance liveability,” they stated.
“The funding will enable us to deliver iconic projects that strengthen our region and provide community spaces and infrastructure to improve the lives of the 1.5 million people who will call the Western Parkland City home within 20 years.”
Projects being considered by the councils include a broad range of initiatives that are authentic to each place, addressing the inherent needs and desires of each community.
These include recreational facilities, open space upgrades, public domain activation and amenity improvements.
The Western Sydney City Deal, launched in March, brings the three tiers of government together to unlock opportunities in education, business and employment for the Western City and its people.