Better local roads for Western Sydney
07 July 2014
Joint release with:
NSW Minister for Roads and Freight
The Australian Government is getting on with building world class infrastructure for a stronger and more prosperous Western Sydney today releasing the Implementation Plan for its $200 million Local Roads Package to eligible Councils.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said the Australian and New South Wales governments will be seeking submissions from eligible councils to deliver projects focused on improving the productivity and safety performance of Western Sydney's road networks.
“These projects will create jobs and stimulate economic growth in communities surrounding the Western Sydney Airport site, targeting roads in Liverpool, Camden, Wollondilly, Campbelltown, Penrith, Fairfield and Blacktown,” Mr Briggs said.
“The Local Roads Package will be delivered in three rounds between 2014 and 2024 and Councils will work with Roads and Maritime Services to develop submissions for these rounds.
“This Package is an important part of our joint $3.5 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan that will unlock the region's economic capacity by boosting productivity, slashing travel times and creating thousands of local jobs”.
New South Wales Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay emphasised the importance of consultation to ensure the successful delivery of the package, announcing that eligible local councils would be invited to participate in an information session with New South Wales officials later this week.
“Western Sydney is already Australia's third-largest economy with the region expected to grow from two million to three million people in the next 20 years, which is why both governments are fast-tracking development of new and existing infrastructure,” Mr Gay said.
“The NSW Government is steaming ahead with roads for a second Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek, last week we called for tenders on the first stage of the $500 million upgrade of Bringelly Road and separate to the airport roads package funded with the Federal Government, we have other major upgrades well underway including Camden Valley Way, Narellan Road and Northern Road.”
“Working together with the Australian Government, we are determined to ensure Western Sydney has the infrastructure it needs for future economic growth and jobs, and for the safety and quality of life of its communities.”
Further information on the Sydney Aviation Strategy and the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan is available online at infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure/western_sydney/.