Push for equality
FUND OUR FUTURE CAMPAIGN
PENRITH Council wants dedicated infrastructure funding – and a rail line linking major western Sydney hubs – from the Federal Government to help cope with the region’s rapid growth.
The council has banded together with Blacktown, Campbelltown and Wollondilly councils and the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) to launch the Fund Our Future campaign, which is demanding urgent upgrades to roads, transport and health services for their fast-growing cities.
NGAA chairman Glenn Docherty said $5 billion had to be spent each year in the booming outer areas for the next 15 years to catch up on the infrastructure backlog.
“Nationally, $73 billion needs to be spent on infrastructure,” Mr Docherty said, adding that NSW needed $19 billion. “We need to future-proof as (these areas) continue to grow and have 7.5 million Australians by 2030.”
Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown said it was time for the region to take a stand and push for equality.
“We are getting less per capita in western Sydney in infrastructure funding than what they are in other cities and it’s not fair,” she said.
“(Regional cities) are expected to bear the burden and have these targets in terms of population growth, and growing the economy of the state and nation, yet we are not getting the muchneeded infrastructure that comes along with that – the schools, hospitals, roads and specifically the rail network.”
Connecting Penrith via rail link to growing northwest areas and the southwest was top of the priority list, Cr McKeown said.