It’s raining Westinvest cash in South Western Sydney

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The WestInvest spendathon came to outer South Western Sydney over the weekend armed with $420 million for councils and community groups to deliver 32 “transformational’’ projects in Campbelltown, Camden, Liverpool and Wollondilly.

The biggest single piece of funding announced was $79 million for Campbelltown City Council to upgrade the Campbelltown Arts Centre.

The state government says the upgrade will enable new partnerships with education and health and offer a range of courses to foster the next generation of artists in Western Sydney.

It will also allow partnerships with the National Art School and Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

Mayor George Greiss has welcomed the $145 million allocated towards projects across Campbelltown.

“These funding commitments will bring important city-shaping projects to life that will benefit the long term social and economic development of our city,” he said.

“It’s also exciting to see a number of projects which will enhance our community infrastructure in the sporting and recreation space,” Cr Greiss said.

 “WestInvest represents some of the most significant funding we’ve seen in community infrastructure in the recent past, so I’d like to thank the NSW Government for their investment in our community,” he said.

“I look forward to sharing more details about these projects shortly and working with the community and our key partners to make them a reality.

“Thank you to all the community organisations who put forward projects for funding and congratulations to the successful applicants, it was a highly competitive process and there were a significant number of applications from the area.”

Computer generated images of how the Gordon Fetterplace aquatic centre (above) and the arts centre (top) would look like.

Other successful projects to win funding included the Gordon Fetterplace aquatic centre upgrades, the Dharawal nature playspace, Railway Parade bridge upgrade, Glenfield and the Ingleburn town centre transformation project.

The second biggest single project funded by Westinvest was Carnes Hill Aquatic and Leisure Centre ($53.4 million).

Liverpool City Council will also receive $43.9 million to deliver the Brickmakers’ Creek – Woodwood Park project and $28.4 million for three high street activation projects in the town centre.

Camden Council will get $4 million to deliver the Camden Community Nursery project which will convert an industrial area into a community nursery to produce local native plants.

Wollondilly Shire Council received $2 million to deliver the Redbank Park Master Plan project which includes an off-leash dog area, fitness space and playgrounds.

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