THE LET­TER OF THE WEEK

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - YOUR SAY -

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

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