As part of the Western Sydney City Deal, the three levels of government committed to provide $150 million towards the Western Parkland City Liveability Program. The Program includes $60 million each from the Australian and NSW governments and a minimum contribution of $30 million from City Deal councils. Some councils are contributing additional funding which will result in the Program far exceeding the initial $150 million commitment.
In January 2019, the Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, the Hon Alan Tudge MP and NSW Minister for Western Sydney, the Hon Stuart Ayres MP jointly announced projects valued at up to $149.82 million under Round 1 of the Western Parkland City Liveability Program. These projects will provide vital community infrastructure and public spaces across the Western Parkland City, including parks, sporting facilities, rejuvenated town centres and art and cultural event spaces.
A further $24.62 million remains available for a second and final round of the Program, likely to be held in mid-2019. Taken together with Round 1 the total funding for the Program will exceed $170 million. Below is a list of Projects approved under Round 1 of the Program.
Blue Mountains City Council will deliver a number of projects in the Local Government Area, including:
· Play areas, improved pedestrian connections, a viewing platform and accessible toilet and amenities buildings to parks in Glenbrook, Springwood, Wentworth Falls and Blackheath
· improvements to natural area facilities in areas around the escarpment, including in Lapstone, Glenbrook, Winmalee, Mount Riverview and Yellow Rock
· 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.
Funding: $18,699,959 (includes $7,479,983.50 from the Australian Government, $7,479,983.50 from the NSW Government and $3,739,992 from Council)
Camden Council will deliver three projects to improve liveability and accessibility to sport and recreation facilities. The three projects are:
Fergusons Land Premier Cricket Facility – Stage 1
A new facility in collaboration with Cricket NSW and Camden Cricket Club, Fergusons Land Premier Cricket Facility will include a premium cricket field with six turf pitches, along with five training nets, amenities, storage and car parking.
Narellan Sports Hub – Stage 2
Delivery of Stage 2 of the Narellan Sports Hub will provide additional facilities including 14 netball courts (in addition to the current 30), a dedicated athletics facility, extended international rugby league field, new cycling and walking track and a playground.
The conversion of an existing turf football (soccer) field to a synthetic field to support higher use of the field. Potential locations include the Narellan Sports Hub, Oran Park, Gregory Hills Playing Fields, Camden South or Narellan.
Funding: $26,100,000 (includes $7,500,000 from the Australian Government, $7,500,000 from the NSW Government and $10,900,000 from Council)
Campbelltown City Council will deliver Campbelltown Billabong Parklands, a landmark and iconic swimming lagoon at Apex Park, Bradbury. The project will create a series of interlinked and flexible open spaces in a riverine-like parkland setting. It will offset the urban heat island effect experienced in the Campbelltown CBD, integrate with adjacent areas to create a community and recreational hub and celebrate Campbelltown’s Aboriginal community through sensitive interpretation within the project design.
Funding: $18,750,000 (includes $7,500,000 from the Australian Government, $7,500,000 from the NSW Government and $3,750,000 from Council)
Fairfield City Council will upgrade and add to the Fairfield Showgrounds to create a community space and recreational facilities, which will encourage community participation, social interaction and healthier lifestyles.
Stage 1A and 1B of the Fairfield Showgrounds redevelopment are the subject of Liveability Program funding. The redevelopment meets both existing and future community needs and will deliver social benefits to a broad section of the community.
Stage 1A funded by council contributions under the Liveability Program has already commenced and comprises the detailed design and construction of the following elements: AFL/cricket field, international football field, synthetic football field, mound seating between the football fields, festival awning with stage and services infrastructure.
Stage 1B will be funded through Commonwealth, NSW government and Council funding under the Liveability Program and comprises the detailed design and construction of the following elements: Amenities building with integrated stage, architectural and feature lighting, paths, furniture for use across the site, upgrade of existing grandstands, improved field lighting, additional 5 aside synthetic court, playground, public toilet, exercise equipment, bike learning track, off-leash dog park, passive recreation areas.
Funding: $25,168,694 (includes $4,690,847 from the Australian Government, $4,690,847 from the NSW Government and $15,787,000 from Council)
Hawkesbury City Council will rejuvenate the LGA’s town centres of Windsor, Richmond and South Windsor. Council will develop a Masterplan for each of the town centres, to implement a range of civil and public domain works that will improve pedestrian access, accessibility, amenity and public spaces. It will deliver a safer and more vibrant public domain and high quality public spaces.
Collectively, the town centre projects will provide the physical infrastructure, amenities and aesthetic presence reflective of the Hawkesbury’s cultural and economic ambitions.