Wilton New Town supporters want development to start

In support: Clinton Weaving and local Wilton residents want to see planning on Wilton New Town progress so Wilton can grow. Picture: Simon Bennett
In support: Clinton Weaving and local Wilton residents want to see planning on Wilton New Town progress so Wilton can grow. Picture: Simon Bennett

Several Wilton residents want Wollondilly Council to stop playing politics and get on with the planning of Wilton New Town.

Wilton resident Clinton Weaving is supportive of the development and wants to see Wilton grow.

Wilton New Town will be equivalent to a town the size of Port Macquarie and will house 50,000 people.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment recently announced the rezoning of the Wilton South East Precinct. This is the first stage of the Wilton New Town planning proposal.

The council withdrew it in-principal support until it has been given details on the delivery of infrastructure including health care, public transport, school and employment.

“The majority of the people that I have talked to are happy for this development to happen and are sick of politics and the miss leading information,” Mr Weaving said. “We want it to hurry up and get started.

The business owner and Wilton Public Schools Parents and Citizens president said he wanted to see progress on the development because there was an urgent need for a public high school, sporting grounds, hotels, motels and restaurants and an industrial area so business could start up and employ local people.

“Trains won’t come till the population grows, so this needs to stop being [the council’s] priority topic for the commencement of the development,” the vice president of Wollondilly Redbacks Junior AFL Club said.

“I recently helped start the Wilton Chamber of Commerce and we couldn’t even find a spot in Wilton to hold a meeting as every thing was closed on a Monday night.

“The Spar has already gone broke because the population is too low and other businesses are struggling due to the delay in this development.

“You can’t even start a business because there is no industrial area in Wilton.”

Mr Weaving said he disagreed with the council’s stance on the development and believes the council is “covering its backside” in case the development does not become a “great town”.

“I believe by not supporting this development, [the council’s decision] will set back the future of Wilton by five years and it will be detrimental to our community.”

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