Appointment to Western Sydney Development Authority announced
June 4, 2018
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced the appointment of the Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission, Geoff Roberts, as Chief Coordinator of a new Western Sydney Development Authority, established jointly with the Commonwealth Government to lead delivery of the Western Sydney City Deal.
Under the 20-year agreement Western Sydney Deal, State, Federal and eight local Governments are investing $20 billion of public funding into transport, health and education infrastructure in the region around the airport and Aerotropolis.
The City Deal will include transport infrastructure to connect the Western Sydney Airport and the Western Sydney Aerotropolis precinct to the broader Sydney network – including a new North South Rail Link. There is also the potential expansion of the West Metro from Parramatta to Badgerys Creek.
It will also deliver educational institutions to develop a skilled workforce for the future, including dedicated schools, vocational training centres, skills exchanges and a new university focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Greater Sydney Chief Commissioner Lucy Turnbull said Geoff Roberts' appointment was "a natural progression from the important role he played working with the Australian and NSW Governments and eight local councils in bringing the City Deal to fruition".
“Geoff will play a non-partisan role in championing the City Deal and the Western Parkland City including as a member of the City Deal Implementation Board, and Chairing the Western Sydney City Deal Coordination Committee,” Ms Turnbull said.
He will retain his roles as Deputy Chief Commissioner and Economic Commissioner, while continuing to serve as Interim Western City District Commissioner pending the appointment of a new District Commissioner later this year.
Further information on the Western Sydney City Deal is here.
Photo: Geoff Roberts, newly appointed Chief Coordinator of the Western Sydney Development Authority