NSW Labor have condemned the Government for selling more than $3.7 billion worth of public assets in Western Sydney over a five-year period, while giving next to nothing back.
Documents obtained via Freedom of Information have revealed in the 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20 financial years, an incredible 4428 state government-owned properties were sold in the region.
Western Sydney – the fastest growing region in the state – has been plagued by problems resulting from a lack of infrastructure since the NSW Liberals came to power in 2011.
Wait times in the region’s hospital emergency departments continue to blow out and schools continue to fill beyond capacity, while public transport is predictably unreliable and sub-standard.
NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay condemned the privatisation-happy Government's treatment of Western Sydney residents.
“The Government has sold electricity assets, ports, the desalination plant, the New South Wales Land and Property Information and part of the Westconnex. Enough is enough,” Ms McKay said.
“As we’ve seen in the past, sell-offs result in job losses especially in rural and regional areas. We need to put an end to this privatisation madness, especially as the state struggles through recession and high unemployment.”
Shadow Minister for Western Sydney and the Member for Campbelltown, Greg Warren, said this was proof of the NSW Liberals disdain for the people of Western Sydney.
“When it comes to Western Sydney, this Government take, take and take – but when it comes time to give something back, their keep their hands stuffed in the cash-filled pockets,” Mr Warren said.
“Almost $4 billion worth of Western Sydney public assets have been flogged off by this mob and what have Western Sydney residents got to show for it?
“The short answer is very little.
“This Government has sold off and sold out Western Sydney.”