PLANNING minister Pru Goward came bearing gifts for Blacktown Council when she visited western Sydney last week.
A $25.5 million cheque was presented to the Blacktown and Hills councils for infrastructure funding to spend on footpaths, stormwater facilities, local roadworks and parks.
It is estimated Sydney will need another 664,000 homes by 2031, which will place additional demand on local councils to provide community amenities.
Of the 1.6 million extra people estimated to call Sydney home by 2031, one million are expected to move to western Sydney.
"The Blacktown and Hills council areas are the largest growth areas for families," Ms Goward told the Star.
"The funding means a lot of families can come to western Sydney and be confident of a decent quality of life."
Londonderry MP Bart Bassett added: "This important funding enables councils to deliver the essential infrastructure that goes hand-in-hand with a growing Sydney."
Ms Goward hopes to make more funding announcements for western Sydney ahead of next year's state election.
"It's a nice place to visit and you get a sense that things are moving," she said.
Blacktown Council will receive $15 million from the package and has started identifying where to spend it, like Marsden Park industrial precinct.
"I could spent the lot of it next week," mayor Len Robinson said.
He also urged the government to fix up the section 94 laws. "Developers aren't making contributions they should," he said.
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