The State Member for Hawkesbury, Robyn Preston MP, with The Hills Shire Council Mayor Gangemi. Image courtesy of The Hills Shire Council.

The New South Wales Government has announced its $5 billion WestInvest program, which will boost local infrastructure through grants for community projects across Western and South-Western Sydney.

The Hills Shire Council has welcomed the funding as it is one of 15 Western and South-Western Sydney councils who will share in $400 million worth of funding, as part of the $2 billion WestInvest Community Project Grants – one part of the overall program. 

In addition to this, The Hills Shire community – including Council, not-for-profits, non-government organisations and Local Aboriginal Land Councils; can also apply for project funding as part of the $1.6 billion Community Competitive Round.

The WestInvest program is funded by the New South Wales Government’s WestConnex asset recycling strategy, which will provide monetary support to projects and create jobs in West and South-west Sydney.

Mayor of The Hills Shire Council, Dr Peter Gangemi, thanked the New South Wales Government for the contribution, which will provide Council with an initial $27 million as part of the Local Government Allocation. 

“This is the largest government investment in local community projects that I have seen in my time on Council,” Mayor Gangemi said. 

“The WestInvest program in The Hills Shire comes at the perfect time – our economy is prospering, jobs are on the rise and more and more people are moving to our region. 

“This funding will support the Council to deliver projects for the growing Hills population. These projects will create jobs and contribute to both our local and national economies as we move on from the economic downturn of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I know our residents, families, local business operators and employees will be reaping the benefits of improved community infrastructure and investment very soon.”

The State Member for Hawkesbury, Robyn Preston MP, encouraged residents and community groups of The Hills Shire to register their interest in the Community Project Grants – Competitive Round before 21 April 2022.    

“The WestInvest funding will translate into a significant boost for western Sydney, and communities like The Hills Shire Council will benefit from improved local infrastructure,” Ms Preston said. 

“The projects will relieve local traffic pinch points, create and improve parks, green space and create and enhance arts and cultural facilities.”

Applicants will be informed of the outcomes of the Registration Of Interest process before grant applications open for eight weeks, from 2 May to 27 June.

The State Government is holding a free webinar on 9 May (5.30pm – 6.30pm) to provide further details about the WestInvest program. 

As part of this initiative, feedback from the community will be sought to help determine which projects will be funded.

Featured image: The State Member for Hawkesbury, Robyn Preston MP, with The Hills Shire Council Mayor Gangemi. Image courtesy of The Hills Shire Council.

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