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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

The NSW Government will offer up to $2.5 million to Ryde Council to support strategic planning and review its Local Environmental Plan (LEP) to align with the priorities in the Greater Sydney Commission’s new District Plans.

The funds form part of a larger $45 million commitment to provide 18 Sydney councils with up to $2.5 million each to undertake their LEP reviews within two years.

Local Member for Ryde and NSW Minister for Finances Service and Property, Victor Dominello, said reviewing the LEP will ensure the area continues to provide quality housing and community facilities for residents and benefits for future generations.

“We want to make sure we are providing a diverse range of housing, with the right types of homes in the right locations, and make sure the local infrastructure is there to support the community,” Mr Dominello said.

“This government is focused on placing housing, jobs, infrastructure and services within easier reach of more residents, no matter where they live.

“This program will allow Ryde to have an emphasis on strategic planning to provide the foundations for vibrant, liveable and sustainable communities of the future.”

Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said the funding for Ryde is part of an investment of up to $45 million to assist councils to meet their housing and diversity targets under the Greater Sydney Commission’s District Plans.

“As part of the Western Sydney City Deal, the six high growth areas of Liverpool, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Penrith and Wollondilly will be receiving the funding,” Mr Roberts said.

“Today, another seven councils join the group and include Ryde, Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Hornsby, Inner West, Parramatta.

“Funding will also be provided to another five Greater Sydney councils who want to accelerate their LEP reviews over two years. The invitation to apply is open to all remaining 20 Greater Sydney councils.

“Housing affordability is a key priority for the NSW Government and in June last year the Premier released a comprehensive package of measures designed to improve housing affordability across NSW.” 

Minister Roberts added that program councils will also have access to the expertise of both the Greater Sydney Commission and the Department of Planning and Environment.

“We understand that different councils will face a variety of challenges and opportunities in implementing the District Plans.

“The 13 Councils selected include the six high growth councils of the new Western Sydney City Deal and others recommended by the GSC based on expert assessment of housing supply and demand, planned infrastructure, opportunities for renewal and the need for more housing diversity in the area.”

All Sydney councils will be invited to apply and those councils who do not participate will have an additional 12 months to review their LEPs.

Media Contact: Christopher Sullivan 9817 4757