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Timing of implementation plan evidence of dud deal, says MP

MP Greg Warren, right, pictured with Labor leader Michael Daley, has delivered a withering assessment of  the City Deal following the release just before Chrismas of an implementation plan.

Local MP Greg Warren, right, pictured with Labor leader Michael Daley, has delivered a withering assessment of the City Deal following the release just before Chrismas of an implementation plan.

Local MP Greg Warren says Campbelltown has been dealt a dud hand under the Liberal federal and state governments’ Western Sydney City Deal.

“If the implementation plan for the city deal was going to be great for Campbelltown, why was it revealed under a cloak of secrecy in the dying hours of 2018,’’ he said.

“This announcement is just another disappointing instalment and missed opportunity and evidence the Berejiklian government simply doesn’t get it when it comes to providing for the needs of our growing region.

“Yet again, they have put their own political interests ahead of the ever growing needs of our expanding population and the thousands of new people destined for our region.’’

Mr Warren says the disparity between the rate of population growth and the delivery of essential services and infrastructure in our region continues to grow at a “disturbing’’ level.

At the very core of this issue, is an out of balance and unfair planning framework that discounts community and fails to deliver the needs for a future sustainable community, he said

“To be blunt, this goes to the very core of the many failures of government by Ms Berejiklian and the NSW Liberal’s.

A plan with an unfunded bus service to the new airport in Badgery’s Creek – that is all Campbelltown will receive confirming how out of touch both federal and state liberal governments are with the needs of our growing region.

“There seems to be a lot happening around the Aerotropolis and Western Sydney Parkland but Campbelltown residents will just have to catch a supposed bus out that way to see those developments,’’ Mr Warren said.

“It beggars belief that the Liberal federal and state governments are refusing to build a train line connecting Campbelltown to the new airport at the appropriate time to ensure the success of the pending WSA.

“Talk of ‘action plans’, ‘strategies’ and ‘investigations’ are meaningless and mean very little for frustrated Campbelltown residents who, want, need and deserve major infrastructure – like rail – now, not in the distant future.

“The oversight is not just restricted to infrastructure – it’s ironic that this state government talks about investing in education to provide skills for jobs of the future given all the Liberals have done since 2011 is try to destroy TAFE.

“All Campbelltown and the wider Macarthur get out of this so called deal is hundreds of thousands of new homes without the necessary infrastructure to cater for that booming population.’’

 

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