Activity across Western Sydney has cranked up a gear today with work commencing on the Campbelltown Billabong Parklands
At the same time, the Appin Skate Park in Wollondilly has officially opened after being completed during the COVID pandemic.
Both are part of the $190m Western Sydney City Deal Liveability Program.
The Campbelltown Billabong will be an iconic swimming lagoon creating interlinked open spaces in a riverine-like parkland setting. While the Appin Skate Park will be a welcome addition for the local community.
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said work starting would mean more local jobs and crucial local investment for Western Sydney.
“The Morrison Government is doing all it can to make sure local communites are supported now as we come out the other side of COVID, and into the future through community-based infrastructure,” Mr Tudge said.
NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said already we are seeing the wonderful benefits through the completed Appin Skate Park, and I look forward to the Campbelltown Billabong delivering similar value to their communities.
“I expect the community will warmly welcome the new projects and investments, which form two of the 28 projects funded through the Liveability Program, ” Mr Ayres said.
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the delivery of the two community infrastructure projects would deliver a jobs injection into Western Sydney.
“The construction of these projects will support local jobs which is a critical part of our Government’s JobMaker agenda,” Senator Payne said.
“I’m really pleased that work has started on Campbelltown Billabong, which will be an oasis in the heart of the Macarthur region.”
Member for Hume Angus Taylor said recreational facilities such as this are critical to making the Western Parkland City a great place to live and work.
“We’ve always known parks and recreational spaces are critical to making a great place to live and now with locals able to enjoy the outdoors more after restrictions, these projects are coming at the right time.”
Member for Wollondilly Nat Smith said I am pleased to see that the Appin Skate Park in Wollondilly was completed during Covid-19 restrictions, as the demand for these projects is high in the local communities.
“This is one of a number of exciting projects to promote healthy living and improve quality of life for the community under the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, part of the Western Sydney City Deal,” Mr Smith said.
Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons said Western Sydney is changing quickly, opening up all sorts of exciting new education, business and employment opportunities.
“We must make sure that the wonderful quality of life enjoyed by generations of residents is maintained and improved and the Western Parkland City Liveability Program is all about realising that vision,” Ms Gibbons said.