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Source: Australian Department of Communications

At 10.00am Monday 16 March Cassie McCullagh presents a special edition of ABC Radio Sydney’s Focus program live from the ABC’s new Western Sydney newsroom.

Cassie will talk to representatives from Parramatta, Liverpool, Cumberland and Fairfax councils about how Sydney’s west is managing the enormous growth it has seen over recent years.

It’s the first broadcast from the ABC’s expanded Western Sydney newsroom, which comes on line this week.

In a major upgrade from the previous Parramatta office, the new newsroom is equipped for video and audio news production and editing and has space for 12 staff.

This will include two ABC NEWS Local Communities Reporters, who will focus on finding and telling the stories of Western Sydney’s many diverse communities.

Under a partnership with Western Sydney University journalism students will also be able to do work experience in the newsroom as part of their course work.

Beginning last night and for the next three weeks ABC NEWS will examine the state of the “great Australian dream” in a series of special reports on the Sunday NSW 7pm News.

Sydney 2020 examines the housing market, the pressure on Sydney’s transport networks and whether the grand plans for the west will deliver for the next generation.

Catch up on the first installment here: Living on the Edge

For more information

Sally Jackson | ABC NEWS (jackson.sally@abc.net.au)

John Woodward | Regional & Local (woodward.john@abc.net.au)

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