The new $5.0 billion WestInvest program, announced in September 2021, will fund transformational projects that will support liveability and community amenity in Western Sydney.

The program is split between two funding streams. $2.0 billion is reserved for high-priority community projects, of which:

  • $1.6 billion will be allocated through a competitive grants process to non-government organisations, Local Aboriginal Land Councils, charitable organisations, community groups, not-for-profits and local councils.

  • $400.0 million will be directly allocated to eligible Councils to advance local projects in Western Sydney LGAs.

In February 2022, through the 'Have Your Say' survey, Western Sydney residents were invited to contribute ideas for liveability-enhancing projects that would improve the everyday lives of local communities. More than 5,400 people submitted a survey, with 11,336 ideas generated.

The feedback received through the 'Have Your Say' survey will help inform the assessment of proposals through the WestInvest program, ensuring that selected projects meet the needs of the community and make a real difference to the lives of Western Sydney residents.

The community project stream is underway, with organisations that were successful in the Registration of Interest round now able to submit applications. Successful projects are expected to be determined from November 2022.

A further $3.0 billion is available to NSW Government agencies to deliver transformational projects that will benefit local communities.

All funding through WestInvest will be allocated to projects that drive outcomes to improve one or more of these six focus areas:

  • Quality green and open spaces

  • Community infrastructure

  • School modernisation

  • Arts and cultural facilities

  • High street activation

  • Local traffic programs

This Budget announces $478.2 million from WestInvest to modernise local schools. The program of works will deliver a broad range of capital investment to renew existing school assets and provide additional teaching spaces at nine schools:

  • Austral Public School

  • Condell Park High School

  • Leppington Public School

  • Parramatta East Public School

  • Riverbank Public School (Stage 3)

  • Rouse Hill High School

  • Schofields Public School

  • Sir Joseph Banks High School

  • Telopea Public School

Further NSW Government agency projects will be announced later in 2022.

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