Hills and Blacktown Councils to share $25.5 million infrastructure funding

Photo: Geoff Jones

Photo: Geoff Jones

Planning minister Pru Goward came bearing gifts for Blacktown and Hills Councils when she visited Kellyville today (July 23).

A $25.5 million cheque was presented to mayors Len Robinson and Michelle Byrne for infrastructure funding.

Of the 1.6 million additional people estimated to call Sydney home in the next 17 years, 1 million are expected to move to western Sydney.

''The Blacktown and Hills council area are the largest growth areas for families, Ms Goward said

''This funding means a lot of families can come to western Sydney and be confident of a decent quality of life.''

Blacktown Council will receive $15 million of the funding and have already identified area of where to spend it, including Alex Road in Riverstone.

''We're happy to receive the money but the state government needs to fix up Section 94,'' Blacktown mayor Len Robinson said.

''Developers aren't contributing what they should.''

Hills mayor Michelle Byrne said the funding will be used to deliver roads, footpaths, stormwater facilities and parks in housing growth areas.

''We would not be able to afford to spend on the infrastructure otherwise,'' Cr Byrne said.

Photo: Geoff Jones

Photo: Geoff Jones

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