Liverpool wins big in City Deal

Monday 5 March 2018

Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller has celebrated the historic signing of the Western Sydney City Deal as a huge win for the people of Liverpool.

“This is the start of a new era in Western Sydney with Federal and State governments realising they need to step up and deliver for the people of the West,” Mayor Waller said.

The City Deal, signed on Sunday, includes commitments to:

  • Build a rail link to the new Western Sydney Airport by the time it opens in 2026;
  • Establish an education precinct at North Bringelly, with trade training, a specialist science and maths high school and a new university;
  • Open a Federal-State-Local Industry Attraction Office in Liverpool to attract jobs and industry to the aerotropolis;
  • Create a $150 million Liveability Fund to support major community projects; and
  • Open an Indigenous Opportunity Hub in Liverpool to support Aboriginal employment and businesses.

“On their own, every one of these announcements would be a major win for Liverpool. Coming together on one day they have the potential to change the future of the city,” Mayor Waller said.

‘’For years Liverpool City Council has been making the case on behalf of its residents for better transport, for a focus on education, skills and jobs and for investment in our public spaces, parks and community centres.

“Today, with the signed commitments of Prime Minister Turnbull and Premier Berejiklian, we have secured the foundations for the future development of Liverpool as a dynamic centre of South West Sydney.

“With this will come jobs and opportunities – specifically the opportunity for our residents to find work close to home, with access through good public transport and improved roads.

“We know that breaking the two-hour commute will have a huge impact on people’s quality of life: the hours saved is time they can spend with their families, friends and community.”

Mayor Waller said the commitment to build a new north-south rail link, with two stops in the Liverpool Council area, is great news for the future of the entire region.

“We all know rail connections will be vital to the success of the new Western Sydney Airport and the development of jobs and industry in the surrounding area,” she said.

“But we now have the opportunity to begin planning for a Rapid Transit Corridor down Hoxton Park Rd and Fifteenth Ave to provide the immediate link to Badgerys Creek that will be so important in coming years.

“We are the people who will build and the run the airport. The Rapid Transit Corridor is how they will get to work.”

Mayor Waller said the establishment of an Industry Attraction Office in the CBD confirmed Liverpool’s status as the premier airport city.

“WSA Co, the company that will build and run the airport, opened in the heart of the city. Now we have this key industry office as well sending a very clear message: if you want to be part of the airport and the opportunities that will grow up around it, you need to be in Liverpool,” she said.

“Local residents are also big winners. We have a commitment to a specialist science and maths high school, a university and skills training hub.

“On top of that we now have the opportunity to access a $150 million Liveability Fund which will be used to help support major community projects.

“What a great day this is for Liverpool.”

City Deal
L to R: Camden Mayor Lara Symkowiak, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Federal Minister for Cities Angus Taylor, Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher, Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller, Campbelltown Mayor George Brticevic, Fairfield Mayor Frank Carbone and Penrith Mayor John Thain.

Mayor Waller signs the City Deal agreement. 
Mayor Waller, centre, with (from left to right) Blue Mountains Deputy Mayor Chris Van der Kley, Fairfield Mayor Frank Carbone, Wollondilly Shire Mayor Judith Hannan, Penrith Mayor John Thain, Hawkesbury Mayor Mary Lyons-Buckett, Campbelltown Mayor George Brticevic and Camden Mayor Lara Symkowiak.