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The Federal and State Government have joined with Campbelltown City Council to pledge a combined $1.2 million investment to fund a concept design for a long-awaited court precinct in southwest Sydney.

The funding is part of the Western Sydney City Deal, which is an infrastructure and planning partnership between the Australian Government, NSW Government and eight local councils of the Western Parkland City (Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool Penrith and Wollondilly). It will enable the next phase of planning for the justice precinct, involving urban and landscape design, technical studies, open place strategy and environmental effects.

President of the Law Society, Juliana Warner, said the latest step towards realising the justice precinct could not come soon enough for Australia’s fastest growing region.

“Current court facilities in the region are out-dated, under-resourced, unsafe and failing to meet basic community needs,” President Warner said.

“The pandemic has only exacerbated the current backlogs in criminal and civil cases in south western Sydney. And the demand for a multi-purpose precinct in the region is only going to become more urgent as the population in Sydney’s south west grows.”