The draft Inner West Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan 2022 (the Contributions Plan) will enable Council to collect contributions from new developments to help fund local infrastructure. It is one of many ways Council can fund future infrastructure and services for residents and workers.

Once adopted, the Contributions Plan will guide infrastructure investment for the next 14 years to ensure that our growing community has adequate and equitable access to local infrastructure. The draft contribution plan contains approximately $597million of local infrastructure to be delivered over 14 years, from 2022 to 2036.

The draft Contributions Plan seeks to consolidate the nine existing plans from the former Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville local government areas and has been prepared under sections 7.11 and 7.12 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.



Download a PDF of the draft Inner West Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan 2022 to read online.

New developments bring new residents and workers into the area which contributes to demand for Council services, including parks, pools, libraries and local roads. Contributions Plans enable Council to levy contributions from developers to help deliver local infrastructure needed to support these new residents and workers.

Development Contributions Plans assist in funding local infrastructure that the new population will need, such as:

  • Open space and recreational facilities, e.g. parks and indoor recreation centres
  • Community facilities, e.g. libraries or community centres
  • Traffic and transport works, e.g. local roads, pedestrian safety and traffic calming works
  • Drainage infrastructure

If Council does not invest in new and upgraded local infrastructure to meet the needs of the people who will live and work in the LGA, service levels for the existing and future population will decline over time.

The draft Inner West Local Infrastructure Contribution Plan 2022 is informed by a suite of Needs Studies, including:

  • Inner West Recreation Needs Study Update 2021
  • Inner West Community Asset Needs Study 2021
  • Inner West Traffic and Transport Needs Study 2021

Recreation Needs Study Update

The Recreation Needs Study provides an analysis of the current and projected recreation needs of the Inner West community.

Visit the document library to download a PDF of the Recreation Needs Study Update.

Cover image of the Recreation Needs Study Update 2021. Clicking the image links to the document library.

Community Asset Needs Study

The Community Asset Needs Study provides an assessment of community asset needs, based on a range of indicators, to identify priorities to 2036.

Visit the document library to download a PDF of the Community Asset Needs Study.

Traffic and Transport Needs Study

The Traffic and Transport Needs Study reviews the existing transport infrastructure, such as roads, cycleways, and pedestrian infrastructure within the Inner West local government area, identifying current demands, travel patterns and any deficiencies.

Visit the document library to download a PDF of the Traffic and Transport Needs Study.

Cover image of the Community Asset Needs Strategy 2021-2036. Clicking the image links to the document library.Cover image of the Traffic and Transport Needs Study 2021. Clicking the image links to the document library.

What happens next?

Council sought community feedback on the recommendations and projects identified in the draft Inner West Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan 2022 from 6 June to 17 July 2022.

Council will now consider the submissions and make any amendments to the draft Inner West Local Infrastructure Contribution Plan as required. A post-exhibition report will then be considered at a future meeting of Council for implementation.

If you have any questions about the project please contact the project lead, Katie Miles on 02 9392 5732 or email contributions@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

To receive information or ask questions in another format, call us Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm via free community services. You will need to provide the project lead's phone number: 02 9392 5732.

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Watch a recording of the public forum

Development Contributions Plan online public forum

Complete survey

Draft Infrastructure Contributions Plan feedback form

Inner West Council is planning for the next 14 years to ensure that our growing community has adequate and equitable access to community assets, open spaces and recreation facilities and transport, to achieve the community’s vision of an inclusive, vibrant, creative, caring and progressive community.

As part of this planning, Inner West Council has prepared three needs studies for the local government area:
  • Recreation Needs Study Update 2021
  • Community Assets Needs Study 2021
  • Traffic and Transport Needs Study 2021

The recommendations from these studies have been incorporated into the draft Inner West Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan 2022, which will enable Council to collect contributions from new developments in the future to help fund local infrastructure. It is one of many ways Council can fund future infrastructure and services for residents.

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