How will stronger councils help Sydney grow?
Sydney is Australia’s fastest growing capital city. We are leading the way with new enterprise and investment, new suburbs are opening up, new employment precincts are being developed, and new hospitals and schools are on the way to serve our growing population.
Over the next 20 years, an additional two million people will call Sydney home and most of them will settle in the city’s west. Sydney will need more homes, more jobs, more services and facilities, and better roads and transport to help people move about.
That’s why we are proposing to create new councils across Sydney.
How will the changes help regional communities?
Regional communities play a vital role in supporting the State’s economy and sustaining our major export industries. The NSW Government has a plan to revitalise regional NSW and provide the infrastructure, jobs and services country communities need and deserve.
Our proposal to create new councils is a key part of that plan.
We recognise that there is no ‘one-size-fits all’ solution for regional NSW. That’s why we are also investing more than $5 million to establish new Joint Organisations that will connect local councils and provide a forum for working with State Government on the things that matter to regional communities.
We are also offering extra support to smaller rural communities, with up to $4 million in Innovation grants to help local councils explore new ways of working.
What is planned for the Far West of NSW?
Helping Far West councils to become Fit for the Future is an important part of the NSW Government’s plan to address the complex financial and social needs of the region.
The Far West Initiative, to be developed in consultation with local communities, councils, State agencies and service providers, will open the way for remote communities to work together to build their own solutions, explore opportunities for growth and encourage more connected service delivery in the region.
Find out more information about the The Far West Initiative.