The Coalition Government has a clear and exciting plan to build the infrastructure of the 21st century. This will ensure that our productivity levels improve, our international competitiveness is raised and pressure is taken off households in terms of cost of living.
The Government’s 10 year, $75 billion infrastructure plan will reduce congestion, better connect our regions, improve safety and create jobs.
New Infrastructure Initiatives
The Government is establishing the $3.5 billion Roads of Strategic Importance initiative. Under this initiative, funding will be provided to upgrade key freight routes to improve road safety and better connect key sectors, such as agriculture and mining to export markets.
In NSW we are investing a record $23.7 billion in productive infrastructure, including $1.5 billion (and Stage 1 of Western Sydney Rail) that is new in this Budget.
A $1 billion Urban Congestion Fund will be established to bust congestion in cities, helping people get home safer and sooner.
In NSW, the Federal and New South Wales Governments will be equal partners in funding the first stage of the North-South Rail Link in Western Sydney. The Government is providing $971 million for the Pacific Highway Coffs Harbour Bypass, and $400 million to duplicate the Port Botany Rail Line.
Roads to Recovery
The Coalition established the Roads to Recovery program in 2001. The programme has been incredibly successful in providing funds directly to local councils to improve their local road network.
The Roads to Recovery program has ensured that 650,000 kilometres of local roads have been maintained and upgraded. Maintaining these local roads is estimated to cost local governments $3.8 billion per annum.
Between 2001 and 2009, the Roads to Recovery programme provided more than $2.4 billion to support over 15,000 road projects.
The Coalition is committed to extending this programme once the budget position is restored to ensure that local councils can continue to provide essential transport infrastructure for the community.
The West Connex is the largest transport project in Australia, linking Sydney’s west and southwest with the CBD, Sydney Airport and Port Botany. It will transform Sydney and provide the opportunity to revitalise Parramatta Road, making it a more attractive place to live, work and socialise.
The third and final stage of WestConnex, linking the M4 and M5 motorways have been approved by the NSW Government and will complete Australia’s largest road project.
Specifically for the residents of our electorate, the WestConnex will help distribute traffic across the wider road network, removing bottlenecks and relieving congestion for local trips. Additionally, it will allow urban revitalisation and increase opportunities for active and public transport along and across Parramatta Road.
Western Sydney Airport
The Coalition announced back in 2014 that Badgerys Creek will be the site of the new Western Sydney Airport. As part of this commitment, the Australian Government is delivering on its plan to build a stronger and more prosperous Western Sydney by investing almost $3 billion over 10 years in major infrastructure upgrades that will transform the region’s economy.
In the 2018-19, up to $5.3 billion for the Western Sydney Airport. This investment will relieve pressure on Sydney Airport and unlock the economic capacity of the region by easing costly congestion, slashing travel times and creating thousands of jobs.