THE LETTER OF THE WEEK
AS Cities Minister, I know governments have been blaming each other for too long for poor planning and missed investment opportunities, for great ideas that have sat on the shelf or been shoved in the ‘too hard’ basket.
There’s been talk about a Western Sydney City Deal, but what does it mean? The things that matter to most of us – fixing roads clogged with traffic, having jobs closer to home, building cheaper homes, more parks and sporting fields — are what we’re aiming to solve through the City Deal.
It’s going to be a unique agreement across governments and communities. In the coming months, all parties will meet to agree on shared goals. The next stage will be engagement with local government. While our cities are recognised as among the world’s best, those living in outer suburbs and regional centres aren’t sharing the benefits. This is particularly the case in western Sydney. The City Deal will create jobs to support local people. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by the Prime Minister and NSW Premier to deliver a City Deal for western Sydney. Angus Taylor, Minister for Cities