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A Good Deal for the Cities of Western Sydney

Release Date: 20/06/2016
The Sydney Business Chamber, the leading advocate for the Western Sydney Airport, has endorsed today’s announcement of a single partnership between State and Federal governments to get Western Sydney moving and to address the region’s jobs deficit.
The Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, David Borger said, “Western Sydney has been held back by lack of access to jobs and lack of investment in the region’s transport and infrastructure.
“Western Sydney is already home to over 45% of all Sydney residents and the region is expected to grow substantially faster than other areas of Sydney over the next 20 years.
“The planned investment in the Western Sydney Airport is a good start to creating jobs but connecting the airport via fast rail will ensure the airport is a significant jobs engine for the region.
“A City Deal for Western Sydney focuses on the employment potential for a region as a result of infrastructure investment rather than just the traditional cost/benefit ratios.
“In the UK, City Deals have shifted the focus from individual projects to city regions; its time infrastructure projects in Australia were assessed on their ability to generate employment and growth within regions.
“In Western Sydney we need an evidence based approach to determine how the new airport is best connected to rail and whether an East West connection and a North South connection can be achieved.
“This is a good opportunity for Sydney to leverage the Federal government’s significant borrowing power. There has never been a better time to invest in infrastructure as interstate rates are at record lows
“To date, there hasn’t been enough done to address the almost 300,000 people who leave town each day to travel to work. This announcement is a good start,” said Mr Borger.
Media contact: David Borger 0408 239 262 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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