Job-creating, congestion-busting boost for Penrith's Dunheved Road

The Morrison Government has announced new funding of $63.5 million to upgrade Dunheved Road that will create jobs and bust congestion in Sydney’s west.

The project is estimated to support almost 300 direct and indirect jobs during construction.

Building on earlier commitments, this brings total federal funding for Dunheved Road to $127 million, with the upgrades to improve safety, traffic flow and access in, and around, Penrith.

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the Morrison Government’s commitment to critical infrastructure across Western Sydney was unwavering and thanked the Federal Member for Lindsay for advocating for the critical project.

 “This funding is a concrete local example of the Government’s JobMaker plan in action, delivering priority infrastructure upgrades for Western Sydney to slash congestion, get people home sooner and safer, and deliver construction jobs at a time that support is needed more than ever,” Mr Tudge said.

“We are building the federally-funded Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport after decades of delay, as well as billions of dollars for critical roads across the region under the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan – supporting tens of thousands of jobs right here in the region.”

Federal Member for Lindsay, Melissa McIntosh MP today stood with members of the community at the Werrington County Shops to proudly announce the delivery of the full $127 million for Dunheved Road. 

“Securing the first $63.5 million as my election commitment was a great first step, but only half of what was needed for a full upgrade. Our community deserves the upgrade and since being elected, I have been working hard with the Prime Minister, Treasurer and Minister for Cities and Urban Infrastructure to secure the other $63.5 million, writing to Ministers and knocking on doors in Parliament at every opportunity,” Ms McIntosh said.

“I’ve been working to ease congestion on our local roads so people can commute between home and work safer and quicker to spend more time with their families. For many years, residents have raised concerns around the safety and congestion on Dunheved Road and that’s why I committed to fight for this project. Dunheved Road is used by many people in our community, and this upgrade is very important to local residents and businesses.”

“Our community got behind my petition and I want to thank them for their support in ensuring this critical road project is now fully funded in the 2020-2021 Federal Budget.”

Former Mayor of Penrith City Council, Clr Ross Fowler OAM said it was a fantastic result and a very big thank you to the local Member for Lindsay who has advocated for this over the last two years.

The funding will deliver priority upgrades to the section between Richmond Road and Werrington Road in Penrith.

Construction timeframes will be confirmed as detailed project planning progresses.

Media contacts:

Minister Tudge’s office: Michael Bennett 0434 782 923

Mrs McIntosh’s electorate office: (02) 4722 0600