Western Sydney could see more development

May 18, 2017 by  

Extra infrastructure spending within Sydney’s suburbs should be matched by the building of houses.

A significant portion of the national rail budget could be spent on railways in the western section of Sydney. Brochure printers in Liverpool may be used to showcase any houses which are built in the vicinity of the tracks.

Angus Taylor, an assistant minister with responsibility for cities, stated:

“If you want an example of failure, look at Leppington Station, which was built in a cow paddock and is still in a cow paddock. We've got to have the land use planning done upfront.”

The Western Sydney Airport Corporation (WSAC) is about to construct Badgerys Creek Airport. This project is likely to cost in excess of $5bn, and federal government will want the airport initiative to tie into the rail network in future years.

It is hoped that private resources can be levered in to make the policy a success. Taylor envisages a role for a new institution, with the idea being that the Infrastructure and Projects Financing Agency can secure money for rail and road. This agency is intended to be up and running by the start of July. Taylor seems realistic about the economic potential of this approach, but he is optimistic about using more than one funding mechanism to get things done.