Stuart Ayres is passionate about Penrith.
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So much so that at the end of his speech to business leaders at the Business Matters lunch at Panthers on Friday the member for Penrith was described by Chamber of Commerce chief Peter McGhee as the “glass half full’ politician.

“We can’t ignore growth – it is happening now and if you don’t see it you are a flat earther,’’ Mr Ayres said when outlining his vision for a vibrant, diverse Penrith and western Sydney.

Government policy must reflect that growth and make it sustainable theMinister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney

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said, adding that western Sydney didn’t want to be lectured to anymore.

“As western Sydney has 30 per cent of the city’s population we are critical to the goal of making NSW number one.’’

Mr Ayres outlined the three key principles of government that would have a strong impact on the west:

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Renovating infrastructure

Renovating infrastructure

·Rebuilding the economy; and

·Rebuilding the economy; and

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Providing better services.

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Providing better services.

“We need to continue to remind people that the government can’t take its eye off the ball over services because we want opportunities for the next generation to be better than ever before.”

He explained that the proposed Metro Plan – covering transport corridors between the north-west and Parramatta, the continuing development of regional cities, employment growth and housing diversity – needed to be right before it will be released.

Mr Ayres also commended the Penrith Council and the Penrith Business Alliance for their work in developing the Penrith Health and Wellbeing precinct but added that it shouldn’t stop at health.

“We need to go beyond this – let’s not just draw the line at health but expand the scope through the university and bring jobs closer to home.”

He also referred to two projects that had already called on western Sydney expertise – the

Barangaroo project partnering with Western Sydney TAFE and the building of the air traffic control system for Singapore airport.

Barangaroo project partnering with Western Sydney TAFE and the building of the air traffic control system for Singapore airport.

“We need to plug into these markets overseas, drive and support small business and create incentives for job creation.

“I am very optimistic about western Sydney. The opportunities are here and we have to take them.’’

He concluded by stating that his government had inherited a mess but that the dollars were now rolling.

“And it’s all got to happen here,” he said.

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