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Transport minister won’t let speed bumps stop Western Sydney infrastructure projects

The federal transport minister’s opinion piece provides an important update on how the government is investing in transport and infrastructure projects in Greater Western Sydney

In an opinion piece first released in The Daily Telegraph yesterday, federal transport and infrastructure minister Catherine King has reiterated she won’t let any challenges get in the way of the timely delivery of critical logistics and transport projects in Sydney’s West.

With a “fundamental shift” currently happening in Greater Western Sydney, King says the focus of Sydney is changing to the west with the construction of new transport projects.

“With the opening by the Prime Minister last month of the Interstate Terminal at the Moorebank Intermodal Precinct, a project he kicked off back in 2012, Sydney is looking more and more to its west,” King says.

“This new Freight Hub, built with $570 million of federal government investment, has opened up almost 7,000 local jobs in Western Sydney with more to come.

“It is roughly the size of the Parramatta CBD and will provide well-paying logistics, management and transport jobs for generations of Western Sydney young people.”

King says the Western Sydney International Airport is also driving a similar change, with the $5.3 billion project being fully funded by the federal government.

Already, 250 Western Sydney-based businesses and 7,255 workers have been engaged, with King saying more than half of them are living in Western Sydney.

“The Airport’s Business Precinct, which I turned the sod on recently, and the airport itself, will be home to thousands of workers from retail, hospitality, freight and logistics, airport operations to aviation firefighters. It will be open in 2026 and, within five years, will support almost 28,000 direct and indirect jobs,” King says.

“With the NSW government we are building two multibillion-dollar transport projects to the airport, both already underway.”

This includes the Sydney Metro West, which is a 23 kilometre tunnel which has stations under construction at the airport itself, as well as a business park.

The second is the M12, which will serve as the main gateway to Western Sydney International Airport.

“These projects will connect the new airport with Sydney’s broader transport network from opening day, and are complemented by NSW government investments in the Aerotropolis and the M12 and M7 interchange,” King says.

“There are local road improvements too. Dunheved Road in Penrith, duplicating Richmond Road near Marsden Park, a new Campbelltown commuter car park and additional lanes through stage 1 of the Mulgoa Road upgrade.

“In total, there is over $14 billion of Commonwealth investment going into transport infrastructure in Western Sydney today.”

However, King says there is always more to do, including establishing the Western Sydney Transport Infrastructure Panel to provide advice on what else is needed to unlock the potential of Greater Western Sydney.

“Independent experts warned me that if we didn’t take hard decisions, no new projects could be delivered in any jurisdiction for a decade,” King says.

“That’s why last year, we made room in the Commonwealth’s 10-year infrastructure pipeline to support new projects in Western Sydney and the rest of the country.

“Where we took the hard decision to withdraw investment from a NSW project last year, that funding remained with NSW for future projects, including where projects need further planning, or help meeting cost rises on existing projects.

“The NSW government and I have been in detailed discussions about what planning and construction investment needs to be made in the upcoming Budget so we can unlock the full potential of Western Sydney.

“Because what I and my Western Sydney colleagues want is for people in Western Sydney to have every opportunity to work locally, to catch well-connected public transport and to live and play in spaces that give every young person in Western Sydney an opportunity to thrive.”

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