Community infrastructure and public spaces in the Blue Mountains will receive a boost, with the announcement of successful projects under Round One of the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, part of the Western Sydney City Deal.

Cooperation between the Australian and NSW governments and Blue Mountains Council City will deliver a new $18.7 million program to make it easier for older people, young families and people with disabilities to access bushlands, town centres, parks and playgrounds, Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres and Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, Alan Tudge, announced today.

The program will also fund an upgrade to Springwood’s Cultural and Library Facility.

Government Member of the Legislative Council and Blue Mountains resident Shayne Mallard MP said the works will improve the quality of life for locals who rely on these recreational facilities and economic centres, delivered and funded through the Western Sydney City Deal.

“This will be an incredible stimulus to the local area, and a wonderful drawcard for families across the Blue Mountains,” Mr Mallard said.

Blue Mountains City Council will deliver a number of projects in the Local Government Area, including:

  • improvements to parks in Glenbrook, Springwood, Wentworth Falls and Blackheath
  • improvements to natural area facilities in areas around the escarpment
  • bushland restoration work and recreation area at the former Lawson Golf Course
  • a new play area and event space at Katoomba Aquatic Centre
  • town centre rejuvenation works at Springwood and Blackheath
  • redevelopment of the Cultural and Library Facility at Springwood.

Minister Tudge said that each of the eight City Deal councils will receive funding for local community infrastructure projects under the program.

“The successful projects will support the growth of the Western Parkland City by enhancing it as a great place to live and work,” Minister Tudge said.

“They include new and redeveloped parks, sport and recreation facilities, rejuvenating town centres and creating spaces for arts and cultural events.”

Each of the projects will be co-funded by the three levels of government. The Australian and NSW governments are each contributing $60 million to the program. Demonstrating the success of this Program to deliver much needed community infrastructure, Councils are providing a further $50 million under this round, taking the total Program investment beyond the $150 million initially committed.

Minister Ayres said today’s announcement was another major milestone for the Western Sydney City Deal, following the release of the deal’s Implementation Plan in December.

“The collaboration between all levels of government is already delivering tangible outcomes for the Western Parkland City, which will continue to thrive under the landmark 20-year agreement,” Minister Ayres said.  

“The Liveability Program will create liveable and sustainable neighbourhoods.

“This program will bolster our Parkland City’s transformation into one of the most vibrant and liveable places in Greater Sydney.

“The Western Parkland City is growing and attracting investment. These projects will assist communities to retain their unique characteristics, while delivering new community infrastructure to promote healthy lifestyles and support culture and creativity.”

Liberal State candidate for Blue Mountains Mr Owen Laffin welcomed the announcement of funding for the Western Parkland City Liveability Program and committed that if elected he would continue to work to achieve even more benefits for the people of the Blue Mountains as part of the Western Sydney City Deal.

Mr Laffin concluded by saying that only through a strong state economy under the Berejiklian Liberal government can these benefits be achieved for the Blue Mountains community.

Work will commence this year for projects approved under Round One. A second round of the Liveability Program is expected to take place later in 2019, with those councils who did not apply for their full funding in Round 1 eligible to apply.

The Western Sydney City Deal is a 20 year-agreement between Australian and NSW governments, and the eight local Councils of the Western Parkland City to capitalise on the once-in-a-generation opportunity presented by Western Sydney Airport and to deliver transformative change to the region.