Will NSW Parliament move to western Sydney

There are calls for the state government to relocate Parliament House to Blacktown City.

Labor Blacktown Councillor Stephen Bali called for the motion at Wednesday night’s council meeting, which was unanimously supported.

‘‘Western Sydney is the third largest economy in Australia and the size of a small European country,’’ Councillor Bali said.

‘‘We would not only get Parliament House but it would bring out infrastructure and supporting units.’’

Councillor Tony Bleasdale added:‘‘It needs to be part of fabric of where the people live. I can recall when Westmead Hospital was announced and there was an uproar in the medical profession because they wanted to stay in Macquarie Street.’’

Liberal Councillor Jess Diaz expressed his support but told his colleagues to not have high hopes.

‘‘It’s alright to think big but you may get something small,’’ he said.

Western Sydney based state MPs were less receptive when told about the proposal.‘‘Is this an April Fools joke?’’ Londonderry MP Bart Bassett asked.

‘‘Most residents would shake their heads of the thought of money being wasted in parliament.’’Full story in Tuesday’s edition.

Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies declined to comment.

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