Tony Abbott's plans for a federal infrastructure committee for western Sydney has been praised by Parramatta's lord mayor as a “visionary approach”.
Cr John Chedid said the cabinet sub-committee would ensure high profile projects like the Badgerys Creek airport and road and public transport infrastructure are given top priority at the federal level.
"Mr Abbott has said he wants to be known as the infrastructure Prime Minister, and his creation of this high-level committee shows he is taking this pledge very seriously,” Cr Chedid said.
“I’m confident this sub-committee, which includes the PM, deputy PM Warren Truss, Treasurer Joe Hockey and Infrastructure Minister Jamie Briggs, will be able to deliver real and tangible results and not just be a talkfest."
"Last week, we had Premier Barry O'Farrell announce 3,000 public service jobs will be relocated to Parramatta and western Sydney, while the week before Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian expressed support for our Western Sydney Light Rail Network as an election promise for next year," he said.
"I welcome the strong support we are receiving from both the Abbott and O'Farrell governments to keep the focus on getting vital infrastructure for our region.”