Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Blacktown’s WestInvest project wishlist revealed

A $200 million aquatic complex for Riverstone, a $95 million basketball and volleyball hub in Rooty Hill and a $30 million regional netball and multi-sports centre in Schofields are just some of the projects Blacktown City Council is hoping to fund from the NSW Government’s WestInvest grants program.

Blacktown City Council has been allocated $34.548 million as part of the $400 million WestInvest allocation to 15 Western Sydney Councils.

The Council has submitted designs and costings for approval of 16 projects it hopes will be covered by the funding.

It is seeking a further $647 million for 12 major infrastructure projects for consideration under WestInvest’s $1.6 billion community grants program.

Blacktown City Mayor, Tony Bleasdale OAM said WestInvest will fund and deliver transformation projects that will enhance communities and create jobs throughout Western Sydney.

“Blacktown City is the biggest council area by population in NSW  – and the fastest growing,” he siad.

“We have the greatest community infrastructure needs due to the massive residential development in suburbs such as Marsden Park, Schofields and Riverstone, and the economic and social disadvantage in some areas of our City.”

Blacktown City, along with other rapidly growing cities in Western Sydney, is badly in need of funding support for community infrastructure, the Mayor said.

“Our Council is now involved in a competitive bidding process for funding the 12 major projects with the 14 other Western Sydney councils.”

“Our Council’s 12 major projects have been identified after extensive community consultation, and I sincerely hope that the process for selecting the projects to be funded will be transparent and free from the political favouritism that has been so widely criticised in the past.

“Council will make sure we use these funds wisely to provide the greatest benefit for our residents and the environment,” Mayor Bleasdale said.

Among the projects Council has prioritised for funding from its direct allocation is a $27 million transformation of the Mount Druitt Town Centre.

This project proposes a range of improvements to the heart of Mount Druitt, with a potential expansion of the Mount Druitt Hub, upgrades to Dawson Mall and Kevin Betts Stadium.

Council is also seeking $1.3 million from its WestInvest allocation for the construction of a splash pad and heating of the outdoor pool at the Charlie Lowles Leisure Centre in Emerton.

Ashley Brown Reserve in Lalor Park is set to be refurbished, with a new playground, paths and improved seating and access, while Rosenthal Park in Doonside will be allocated $1 million for improvements including multi-purpose court areas, picnic areas, seating, tree planting and new pathways, the Mayor explained.

Heading Council’s list of the 12 major infrastructure projects for consideration under WestInvest’s $1.6 billion community grants program is the proposed construction of a $232 million community resource hub and aquatic facility at Riverstone.

The proposal includes a state-of-the-art library, aquatic centre, indoor recreation facility, cultural and performance space, community hall, family areas and a cafe.

A $95 million NSW Basketball and Volleyball Hub at May Cowper Reserve, Rooty Hill is also up for funding consideration. It’s envisaged the regional sports hub will include 12 indoor courts, including a show court with seating for 3,000 people.

There would also be six outdoor beach volleyball courts and outdoor seating, in addition to facilities for high performance training and the media. The site would also house the Basketball NSW and Volleyball NSW head offices.

Council has joined with community organisations to seek funding for construction of $20 million First Nations Cultural Centre at Mount Druitt.

It says the Cultural Centre would provide a community hub with dedicated spaces to deliver cultural programs and promote connectedness, wellbeing and support economic self-determination.

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