NSW Budget sees big road spend continue

M6 and Great Western Highway take lion’s share of new cash

NSW Budget sees big road spend continue
Dominic Perrottet


New South Wales treasurer Dominic Perrottet delivers the state’s 10th Coalition Budget in a row highlighting $4.7 billion to be spent on two headline road infrastructure projects – $2.7 billion for the M6 Extension Stage 1 and $2 billion for the Great Western Highway Upgrade.

Stating early next calendar year and with $541 million to be spent on it this financial year, the M6 Extension Stage 1 twin four kilometre tunnels linking the M8 and Motorway at Arncliffe to President Avenue at Kogarah aims to "take up to 2,000 heavy vehicles a day off surface roads".

Also in line for a big construction injection over four years are the Newell Highway’s $872.6 million and Princes Highway Upgrade, including the Albion Park Rail Bypass, construction of the new Nowra Bridge and the Berry to Bomaderry Upgrade, all gaining $329.1 million.

Other somewhat smaller new projects over four years, jointly funded with federal cash, include:

  • $207.1 million – Prospect Highway, Reservoir Road to St Martins Crescent
  • $167.2 million – M5 Motorway, Moorebank Avenue and Hume Highway Intersection Upgrade
  • $77.7 million – King Georges Road, Stoney Creek Road to Connells Point Road
  • $50 million – Stacey Street Upgrade.

The Stacey Street Upgrade funding is to "complete planning and delivery readiness works for upgrades to Stacey Street between Stanley Street and Milton Street, and Myrtle Road and Rookwood Road including an underpass at the Hume Highway interchange to improve freight productivity, road safety and reduce congestion".

Beyond the headline road spends, the Wagga Wagga Special Activation Precinct is to gain $150.6 million to develop a 4,500ha  precinct for a range of industries including renewables, recycling, advanced manufacturing, value-added agriculture and freight and logistics.

Moree with share $75 million in Special Activation Precinct pre-delivery funding, along with two others over three years, for a new business hub, specialising in agribusiness, logistics and food processing.

See how Perrottet’s previous state Budget looked here

Restart NSW Fund, sourced from ‘asset recycling’, sits at $37.4 billion, will see regional road spending over the coming financial year.

This includes:

  • $458.2 million – Fixing Country Roads program
  • $309.1 million – Bridges for the Bush
  • $169 million – Regional Freight Pinch Point and Safety Program, which improves key road and rail freight corridors in regional areas including the Golden Highway, Kings Highway, Gocup Road and Bells Line of Road
  • $44.7 million – Western NSW Freight Productivity Program, which supports sealing, widening and other improvement works on the Cobb Highway, Silver City Highway and other freight corridors in western New South Wales.

Restart NSW projects, gaining $238.2 million of new committed funding will see, support for the New England Highway Singleton Bypass, under the Regional Road Freight Corridor program; heavy duty pavement from Narrabri to Moree, under the Regional Road Freight Corridor program; the Colemans Bridge in Lismore, under the Bridges for the Bush program.


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