6 March 2012

Mayor of Bankstown, Councillor Khal Asfour, has this week raised a number of issues directly with the Prime Minister, during her week-long visit to Western Sydney.

“I was pleased to be able to welcome Julia Gillard to Western Sydney when she sat down with myself and other members of the Western Sydney Regional of Councils (WSROC),” Mayor Asfour said.

“Her visit has given me the opportunity to raise a number of issues on behalf of the

residents of Bankstown.

“I congratulated her on her commitment to providing funds towards the Westconnex road project however, I pointed out, while these kinds of major road infrastructure are welcome and very important, the impact on feeder link roads like Stacey Street and Henry Lawson Drive cannot be ignored and need to be upgraded.”

Mayor Asfour said he raised the second airport issue and reiterated Bankstown City Council’s position - we want a decision to be made so construction can get underway.

“An airport in Western Sydney would provide a massive boost to our local economy and create valuable jobs,” Mayor Asfour said.

“However, it’s clear Bankstown Airport is not an appropriate location due to the fact it is located in a developed city ringed by residential areas.

“I also thanked the Prime Minister for her government’s $2.7 million grant which enabled Council to complete the John Mackay Sports Centre and Bankstown Sporting Hall ofFame, opened amid much fanfare earlier this month.”


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