Mayors welcome new dawn for the West

The Mayors of eight Councils have hailed the Western Sydney City Deal, which will lay the foundations for the creation of a thriving Western City of 1.5 million residents within 20 years. Stretching from Wollondilly in the south to Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains, the Western City includes key regional centres of Campbelltown, Camden, Liverpool, Fairfield and Penrith. Picture: Adam Taylor

Council Mayors have welcomed the Western Sydney City Deal, which will lay the
foundations for the creation of a thriving Western City of 1.5 million residents within 20
years.

Stretching from Wollondilly in the south to the Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains, the
Western City includes the key regional centres of Campbelltown, Camden, Liverpool,
Fairfield and Penrith.

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.

“For the first time ever, Federal, State and Local governments are working together to
concentrate their focus on meeting the needs of the people of Western Sydney.

“The commitment to critical Government investment, particularly in transport, jobs and
infrastructure, will be welcomed by the communities of the Western City.

“The signing of the City Deal between three levels of government today marks a
fundamental change in how Canberra and Macquarie St work with the region and its
residents.

“We have commitments from Federal and State governments to get moving on vital
pieces of regional infrastructure and our local communities will benefit from the
Liveability Fund, providing facilities such as parks and community spaces needed for a
growing population.

“The City Deal is above and beyond politics. It was negotiated in good faith over 18
months across governments and by Independent, Labor and Liberal mayors. We are
very proud of the outcome.

“Councils are looking after their communities by thinking and acting regionally and
collaboratively.

“We will also continue working together over the coming months to clarify more details
which will flow from this deal and ensure our communities will benefit from this once-in-
a-lifetime opportunity to a create a smart city that is more liveable, more productive,
more skilled and more innovative.

“The very fact that we are all working in partnership with a long-term strategic plan for the Western City’s future will help attract businesses, universities and other investors to
put down roots in the new Western City for the benefit of everyone.

“Getting jobs and connectivity right is not only essential to creating the Western City, but
it will change people’s lives.

“We are the region with more people – travelling longer – to get to work. Cutting the
commute can have a huge impact on our quality of life.

“International experience shows working together – across all levels of government – is
the key ingredient to really transform a region, and the Western Sydney City Deal will be
the catalyst for a stronger, more connected and sustainable Western City.”

Media Contacts
Blue Mountains City Council Adrienne Murphy 0414 195 533
Camden Council Casli Mehmed 0434 140 793
Campbelltown City Council Michelle Pozo 0427 298 244
Hawkesbury City Council Suzanne Stuart 0478 331 130
Liverpool City Council Andrew Stevenson 0428 438 970
Penrith City Council Rebecca Hackney 0437858216
Wollondilly Shire Council Peter Wright 0409 657 284