The Government is investing $160.5 million in 2017-18 in a new Western Sydney Stadium at Parramatta, which will deliver major benefits to the Western Sydney economy. The stadium will not only attract world-class sporting and entertainment events, but will also employ 1,200 people during construction and more than 900 people once up and running.
In addition, the 2017-18 Budget announces:
- up to $30.0 million to partner with the City of Parramatta to construct a new aquatic centre
- $2.4 million to upgrade systems at the Sydney International Shooting Centre.
As more people continue to move to Western Sydney, this Government is committed to supporting businesses to locate within the region. The 2017-18 Budget provides $10.0 million towards creating new infrastructure for business hubs at The Horsley Drive, Eastern Creek and Bringelly Road, providing benefits for the community and economy.
This complements the new concept plan for a business hub in West Hoxton announced in 2016 that will create 120 construction jobs, provide 130 jobs once complete and will inject a total of $14.7 million into the economy.
This Budget also announces environmental initiatives that will provide great leisure facilities for residents, as well as encouraging local biodiversity.
A park improvement program is being funded with $11.0 million in 2017-18 provided to Western Sydney Parklands Trust. The program includes the activation and linking of the Northern and Southern Parklands, improved play and recreational areas and restoration and expansion of the bushland corridor.
The Government is also providing $54.0 million over five years for land management and biodiversity conservation reforms and strategic conservation planning for Western Sydney. This funding package is one way in which the Government is fulfilling its election commitment to deliver major productivity benefits for farmers, cost savings for developers and better biodiversity conservation.