From the President
The 2016 council elections have come and gone and I would like to congratulate all new and re-elected councillors.
I would also like to thank outgoing councillors for the commitment they have shown their communities over the past years.
The role of local government is becoming increasingly important as our local communities position themselves to respond to the opportunities and the challenges of living in Western Sydney.
The aspirations and needs of Western Sydney have attracted a renewed focus from both the Federal and State Governments - and rightly so.
I am excited about these next four years. Game changing projects like the Western Sydney Airport have the potential to turbo-charge development and services in Greater Western Sydney. But we need to get this right.
The recently released Environmental Impact Statement provides some additional detail about the proposed airport, and I am pleased to see the government has committed to designing flight paths that minimise noise over residential areas.
I am also pleased to see that the government’s approach to rail infrastructure will be holistic, addressing the needs of both the proposed airport and the Western Sydney region as a whole.
However, I will keep reiterating that Western Sydney needs more than an airport to address the inequities it faces.
These inequities are a product of years of neglect and can only be addressed through a dedicated, long-term strategy that considers a range of social, environmental and economic factors.
Cllr Tony Hadchiti