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Western Sydney trifecta needs more detail

Release Date: 26/11/2014
The Sydney Business Chamber has welcomed the specific commitments to Western Sydney in the Rebuilding NSW: State Infrastructure Strategy announced yesterday, however if the Government is re-elected in March and proceeds with the ‘poles and wires’ lease it should commit to these projects and release more detail.
David Borger, Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber said the three catalyst projects for Parramatta: Light Rail, Stadiums and the relocation of the Powerhouse Museum are still all subject to further studies.
“The region wants to be clear on the details of each of these three projects, including the timelines for construction and the financial commitments around stadiums and the cultural precinct, prior to the NSW election in March.
“The Parramatta Light Rail has the potential to transform the precinct from Westmead to Sydney Olympic Park, making it easier for people to get to and from work and for business to invest in local jobs.
“Rydalmere and Camellia could benefit from a significant uplift in development and a transformation from low density employment to higher order knowledge jobs if the light rail intersects these areas.
“We can make a real effort to reduce the Western Sydney jobs deficit if we get the planning and infrastructure right in these precincts.
“Westmead is now the largest medical precinct in Australia yet much of the campus is distant from the train station at Westmead. The Government’s further investments in Westmead would benefit from the Parramatta Light Rail route running through the hospital precinct.
“The Parramatta cultural precinct has the potential to stimulate local talent and build on the visitor economy of Church Street.
“We strongly support the Infrastructure NSW recommendation to relocate the entire Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta rather than a ‘satellite collection’. Western Sydney deserves better than a secondary arts precinct,” said Mr Borger.
Media contact: David Borger 0408 239 262 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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