In early 2022, our local community was encouraged to have a say on ideas for the NSW Government’s new $5 billion WestInvest program that will fund transformational infrastructure projects in Western Sydney.
City of Parramatta Council is one of the 15 Local Government Areas eligible for funding from WestInvest which will deliver a range of projects to improve our local communities including revitalised high streets, new parks and sporting fields, better local traffic flow and active transport links.
A total of $2 billion will be reserved for high priority community projects with an initial $400 million directly allocated to the 15 Local Government Areas hardest hit by the pandemic to advance shovel ready local projects. This will help deliver immediate community benefit, with each local council eligible for between $20 million and $35 million, depending on population size.
The remaining $1.6 billion of the $2 billion community project fund will be allocated through a competitive round of grants open to non-government organisations, including community groups, not for profits, Local Aboriginal Land Councils and local Councils. Successful projects are expected to be determined by September this year.
Another $3 billion will be made available to NSW Government agencies to deliver transformational projects, informed by feedback from the community.
Funding will go towards high priority community projects that focus on six key areas:
- Parks, urban spaces and green space
- Enhancing community infrastructure such as local sporting grounds
- Modernising local schools
- Creating and enhancing arts and cultural facilities
- Revitalising high streets
- Clearing local traffic
Feedback was welcomed by the NSW Government until 31 March 2022.