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NSW Opposition commitment to Western Sydney light rail study and Devlopment Authority

Release Date: 31/03/2014
The Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, David Borger, said the NSW Opposition's commitment to funding a $20 million light rail study and the creation of a Western Sydney Economic Development Authority, if elected next year, would be positive steps for the region.

"Parramatta City Council has a bold and exciting vision for a light rail network that would start to link up Western Sydney‟s great employment centres and I welcome this commitment by the NSW Opposition wanting to develop that vision with funding for a feasibility study," said Mr Borger.

A light rail network to Parramatta will strengthen its role as Sydney‟s second CBD and support new employment and urban renewal along the corridor to knowledge jobs at Macquarie Park. It will also provide greater access to Parramatta Stadium which is now home to two iconic teams, the Eels and the Wanderers.

Today's announcement follows recent positive statements by the NSW Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian that light rail was "in the mix".

“If light rail is to be developed in Western Sydney it will need a partnership between local and state government and the best way to do that is through bipartisan support for the project,” Mr Borger added.

"Light rail in Western Sydney at its heart is about connecting our communities with jobs by linking Castle Hill to Parramatta and Westmead to Macquarie Park in the first stages."

Mr Borger said the proposal for a Western Sydney Economic Development Authority was a step in the right direction to giving the region a stronger voice within government.

“Western Sydney's population is expected to double from 2 to 4 million over the next thirty years. A dedicated authority to coordinate infrastructure and create a focus for government would be crucial.

Media contact: David Borger 0408 239 262

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