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Wins for the Western Parkland Councils in 2021

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While it was another tough year thanks to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we managed to achieve a number of great things:

  • Working collaboratively, the WPC provided Joint Submissions on the Place Based Infrastructure Compact Program in the Western Parkland City, the Inquiry on Rural, Regional and Remote Health Services, and the Inquiry into the Planning and Delivery of School Infrastructure in NSW. We also advocated for specific issues in relation to the review of BASIX, Urban Heat, and the Review of SEPPS and planning reforms. Ongoing advocacy for the North South Rail and South West Rail Link Extension was conducted at every opportunity and in every relevant forum.
  • Significant time and energy was expended providing feedback to WPCA on the Blueprint and Economic Development Roadmap, as well as work on defining what role these documents will play, with these documents now on display for final consideration by the newly appointed Councils and other State agencies.
  • We worked collaboratively to share best practise, and learn from each other’s experiences in the provision of services to our communities as they faced considerable adversity: from severe long period lockdowns as ‘LGAs of concern’ to supply issues and other COVID-19 pandemic issues, floods, extreme storms and hail damage.
  • Feedback and input was provided into the 3 year review of the City Deal and ongoing work is being undertaken to consider how best to implement its recommendations.
  • Some fantastic projects to enrich our local communities were completed under the Liveability Program, including Fairfield City Council’s Aquatopia Wave Pool, Wollondilly Shire Council’s Skate Park at Appin, Camden Council’s Narellan Sports Hub Stage 2 and Cricket Facility at Ferguson’s Land, and Liverpool City Council’s Lurnea Community Hub. A great number of others were commenced and are well under way, such as Campbelltown City Council’s Billabong Parklands, Hawkesbury City Council’s rejuvenation of Windsor, South Windsor and Richmond, Blue Mountains City Council’s upgrades of numerous parks, recreational areas and community facilities, and Penrith City Council’s transformation of Regatta Park.