Blacktown City Council welcomes the announcement today that a Shorten Labor Government would expand the Western Sydney City Deal to include Blacktown City Council.
Blacktown City Council Mayor Stephen Bali MP said the ability to work alongside all levels of government will allow opportunities in business, education and employment to be unlocked.
“Blacktown City Council will be the largest Council to be included in the Western Sydney City Deal and should have never been overlooked,” Mayor Bali said.
“Blacktown City Council is home to 370,000 people and will keep growing to reach well over half a million by 2036. We have a $17 billion economy growing consistently at 4.6 per cent each year.
“Council has a plan and a vision for transforming the City, it has laid the foundations to respond to the significant growth and provide high quality services.
“Being included in the Western Sydney City Deal will allow Council to develop partnerships within all levels of government and pursue its goal in transforming the City.
“We also welcome today’s announcement of funding to progress planning for the M9, the Outer Sydney Orbital, to help meet the future transport needs of Western Sydney.
“The announcement is important for the progression of our rail and road infrastructure and is a vital aspect to address considering the growth our City will experience.”
Blacktown City Council is excited to sit alongside the local governments of Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly, and to lead and collaborate in working to unlock opportunities for the millions of residents of Western Sydney.