Building Western Sydney's future
Posted On June 14, 2012
The 2012-13 Budget provides significant investment in transport, roads and health for Western Sydney, and continues the delivery of key election commitments for the region, NSW Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Barry O’Farrell said today.
“This is a Budget that proudly delivers for Western Sydney,” Mr O’Farrell said.
“The NSW Government is getting on with the job of providing critical infrastructure and services for the people of Western Sydney.”
The 2012-13 Budget includes funding for major rail infrastructure projects:
- $397 million to continue construction of the South West Rail Link, which includes a new 11.4km rail line between Glenfield and Leppington;
- $360 million for the North West Rail Link for the preparation of major construction sites, property acquisition and the second Environmental Impact Statement.
The Budget provides $86 million for the Lidcombe to Granville corridor upgrade, $114 million to continue the clearways program to improve on-time running, including funding in the Liverpool Turnback, and $148 to improve access to the public transport network.
Western Sydney bus customers will benefit from $106 million to fund 155 replacement buses and 69 new buses to cater for growing customer demand in the Sydney metropolitan region.
The 2012-13 Budget delivers a record $351 million investment in Western Sydney roads:
- $9.6 million to start the M5 Motorway upgrade between King Georges Road and Camden Valley Way, as part of the joint privately funded $30 million project allocation;
- $29 million to start the upgrade of Camden Valley Way to four lanes between Ingleburn and Raby Road;
- $9.5 million to complete planning and preconstruction activities and invite construction tenders for the upgrade of Camden Valley Way to four lanes between Raby Road and Oran Park Drive;
- $25 million to complete the Erskine Park Link Road to service the Western Sydney Employment Area;
- $25 million to continue the upgrade of Schofields Road between Windsor Road and Tallawong Road; and,
- More than $70 million to continue upgrades of the Great Western Highway.
“The NSW Government’s record investment in roads will reduce congestion for Western Sydney motorists and unlock lands for employment,” Mr O’Farrell said.
Mr O’Farrell said Western Sydney will benefit from a major investment in health infrastructure including:
- $16.1 million to commence work on the Blacktown-Mount Druitt Hospital expansion Stage 1 at an estimated total cost of $270 million;
- $26.6 million to continue the Campbelltown Hospital Redevelopment at an estimated total cost of $139.1 million;
- $18.9 million to complete the joint State and Commonwealth funded Nepean Hospital Redevelopment Stage 3A at an estimated total cost of $46.8 million; and,
- $34.7 million for car parks at Blacktown Hospital, Nepean Hospital and Liverpool Hospital.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is getting on with delivering the health projects that Labor neglected in Western Sydney for 16 years,” Mr O’Farrell said.
A range of Western Sydney education projects have received funding including:
- A new high school for The Ponds;
- A new school for specific purposes in The Ponds;
- A new primary school in Wentworth Point; and,
- Funds for the relocation and building of new permanent school buildings for Wangee Park School.
Other key investments in the 2012-13 Budget include:
- More than $620 million to provide improved services for people with a disability, their families and carers and older people in Western Sydney;
- Almost $15 million for the completion of the redevelopment of Cobham Juvenile Justice Detention Centre; and,
- $37.8 million for Priority Sewerage Program at Appin, Bargo, Buxton and Wilton.
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