The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue is looking forward to a period of strong consolidation, following the announcement of the new NSW Government cabinet on the weekend.
“The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue welcomes the new Cabinet and we see it as a positive next step toward generating even more momentum in Western Sydney,” Dialogue Chairman, Christopher Brown AM, said.
“Yesterday’s announcement by the Premier was consistent with our view that a number of key ministers retain their portfolios. The Dialogue recently held conversations with the Premier’s office to underline the importance of Andrew Constance being retained in the Transport portfolio, Stuart Ayres remaining as Minister for Western Sydney, Rob Stokes returning as Planning Minister and Health Minister Brad Hazzard continuing to oversee the development and performance of our hospitals.
“Stuart has been one of the region’s strongest advocates, and the addition of jobs, investment and tourism is a smart move, particularly given the leading role he has played in the development of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. The Dialogue is excited to continue working with Minister Ayres on managing the major issues and rapid growth of the region.
“The Dialogue believes it is vital that Stuart Ayres, with his Western Sydney and Investment portfolio roles, maintains control of both the Western City Aerotropolis Authority (WCCA) and Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) to fully leverage these dynamic job precincts.”
Mr Brown also congratulated Parramatta MP, Geoff Lee on his appointment as Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, while acknowledging Minister Stokes return to Planning, with the addition of Public Spaces to his portfolio, as a big win for Western Sydney.
“The Dialogue sees the appointment of Rob Stokes as Planning Minister, following previous Government success in the role, as a very positive move, and one that will deliver more sustainable development outcomes in Western Sydney and a stronger focus on urban design and the environment.
“We look forward to working with the Government, and assisting the new Cabinet as they get on with the job of delivering better health, education and infrastructure initiatives, including the Sydney Metro West, one of the most transformative projects in Greater Sydney. As the final plans for Metro West are prepared, the Dialogue is committed to continuing to facilitate engagement with the public and private sector to ensure this vital project is funded and delivered by 2028.
The Dialogue is set to welcome many of the new ministry to speak on their priorities for the future of Western Sydney at the upcoming Out There Summit on July 2 in Bankstown.