NSW Government Gives $25.5 Million To Growth Councils

25/07/2014 5:58 am

infrastructure nswNSW Minister for Planning Pru Goward was this week joined by the Members for Hawkesbury, Baulkham Hills, Riverstone and Londonderry to announce over $25 million in infrastructure funding for local councils in these areas.

Blacktown City Mayor Len Robinson and Hills Shire Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne were on hand to formally accept the new funding.

“Recent figures show an estimated 1.6 million additional people are anticipated to make Sydney home over the years to 2031, with almost 1 million of those expected in Western Sydney,” Ms Goward said.

Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott said the NSW Government played a key role in supporting councils with residential growth centres inside their local government area (LGA).

Mayor Len Robinson said areas in the Blacktown LGA had already been identified by council to receive the funding.

“Areas including Alex Avenue, Riverstone and Marsden Park industrial release areas will benefit from the new funding to Blacktown City Council,” Mr Robinson said.

Hills Shire Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne said councils would use the funds to deliver quality roads, stormwater facilities and parks in housing growth areas.

“The Hills Shire Council is investing in a number of new release areas, such as North Kellyville and the Balmoral Road Release Area,” Dr Byrne said.

To be eligible for funding, a council must have a development contributions plan reviewed and approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).