COUNCIL | 2018 a great year for a boomtown

This year Liverpool experienced rapid change as south-west continues to grow with booming development, infrastructure and more job opportunities.

Below we’ve recounted major events which changed Liverpool’s future during 2018:

Western Sydney Airport

The first turning point was at the Badgerys Creek site of Western Sydney Airport in September.

Liverpool Council released their vision for the Aerotropolis – the dynamic zone of education advancement and employment around the future international airport.

According to the council, the way they see the Aerotropolis is right up there with what the Premier and NSW Government are envisioning. 

The council said a young student with big dreams can get everything they need in their own backyard – a quality education, whether it be at the future STEM high school or one of our three universities setting down roots. 

In addition, WSU officially opened its CBD campus this year. Smart jobs beckon in the Aerotropolis.

The council launched a successful competition for local primary school students to build the Aerotropolis in Minecraft.

They said their work was inspiring and is set to become bigger and better next year.

Liverpool CBD

According to Liverpool Council, there’s also been big things happening in the CBD.

This year the council undertook a significant change to the city centre and rezoned 25 hectares to allow a modern, vibrant, 18-hour economy to flourish.

This change in the heart of Liverpool will encourage new businesses and double the resident population in the CBD. Liverpool is on the way to becoming Sydney’s Third CBD.

The council hopes they can achieve it with ‘great bones’.

“Robert Hoddle laid out the street grid at the turn of the 19th century before he designed the city of Melbourne.”

Council said this forward planning has paved the way for our future as a dynamic, walkable, interesting and vibrant city.

April bushfires

On 14 April, wild winds swept the fire across the Georges River and it quickly spread to Holsworthy, where it burnt through almost 4000 hectares of bushland and threatened 888 homes.

But thanks to the hard work of the emergency services, only five homes were damaged and none were lost.

The community thanked these brave people with a free community day at Casula Powerhouse and Arts Centre and it was a day of celebration attended by thousands.

Council achievements

Liverpool Council delivered an operating surplus for the 2017/18 year, a $2.9 million turnaround on the previous year and we have a record $192 million earmarked for capital works spending.

In June, the hard work of the Liverpool Innovation Precinct paid off in the form of a $740 million commitment from the NSW Government to transform Liverpool Hospital into the largest standalone facility in Australia by 2026 and a true world leader.

In addition, Liverpool Council gained White Ribbon accreditation in August. The mayor said she was really proud of this. 

“We have worked hard to stop violence against women and have started a program of staff training and adopting a domestic violence leave policy.”

Towards the end of the year, the council also commemorated the 100 year anniversary of Armistice Day with Liverpool Remembers, a modern suite of activities that included:

State-of-the-art projections of diggers and their families on buildings in the CBD, a re-dedication of Freedom of Entry to the Engineering Corps and a fun day of celebration that gave a nod to another era. 

To be continued...

Liverpool Council is undertaking a Local Environmental Plan review of the controls that guide planning decisions made across the Local Government Area.

Council plans to engage with the local community to make sure its voice is heard. Keep an eye out on our website.

Message from Wendy Waller, the mayor:

“In the meantime, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year. Hope to see you at our fabulous Light Up The Lake celebrations at Grand Flaneur Beach on New Year’s Eve.”