LIVERPOOL Council could be left to find more than $137 million if it is forced to take control of Austral and Leppington North's future development.
At the December 19 meeting, councillors moved to reject a Department of Planning and Infrastructure request to become the acquisition authority for the two newly-released South West Growth Centre precincts.
Although the council provided some input, the state government is still responsible for the planning of the land.
With developer contributions for infrastructure capped at $30,000 and an estimated funding shortfall of more than $100 million, Macquarie Fields MP Andrew McDonald said the state government was deliberately shirking its responsibility to provide necessary infrastructure to the new areas.
"The bottom line is Austral will grow by around 20,000 people, and Leppington North by 33,000," Mr McDonald said.
"We cannot expect the council to develop these areas when it is a state government responsibility.
"One tier of government shifting responsibility to another is not going to achieve anything.
"It will delay development, and when development does occur, we run the risk of having development without infrastructure."