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WSROC welcomes $1.9 billion Western Sydney transport infrastructure plan

The $1.9 billion funding plan includes key upgrades to major freight routes, vital bus infrastructure and the Western Sydney Freight Line

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), the peak body representing Western Sydney councils, has welcomed the federal government’s announcement of a $1.9 billion investment in Western Sydney’s transport infrastructure.

The funding, designed to support growth in the region that spans 13 local councils and covers 8,982 square kilometres, with 2.7 million people included in the plan.

Key project funding details include a new $500 million federal investment in Mamre Road Stage 2, a $400 million investment to deliver priority sections of the Elizabeth Drive upgrade, a further $115 million committed to Mulgoa Road Stage 2 and a new $500 million investment to Richmond Road, Garfield Road and Memorial Avenue.

Outside of these road projects, $100 million will deliver new infrastructure to support bus services to the new Western Sydney International Airport, and a $20 million investment will support the final business case for the first stage of the Western Sydney Freight Line.

NSW deputy premier and Western Sydney minister Prue Car says the announcement is a “game changer” for Western Sydney.

It builds on hundreds of millions of dollars invested by NSW to deliver overdue precinct roads that will meet the existing needs of local residents, while unlocking development and new places for people to work and live,” Car says.

“We have developers ready to transform the region into modern employment, education and housing zones which are planned to attract 250,000 people.

“This announcement will give investors the confidence they are looking for from government to begin making those plans a reality.”

NSW roads minister John Graham says that key road investments will support Australia’s fastest growing region.

“The Western Sydney Airport Precinct is a once in a generation, city shaping program. Cities aren’t built overnight – they take time and investment. This Commonwealth funding ensures we can stage delivery to keep unlocking opportunities for community and industry in the Western Sydney Airport Precinct,” Graham says.

“This announcement means that what are essentially one lane each-way country roads like Elizabeth Drive and Mamre Road will be upgraded.”

In response to the announcement, the WSROC has welcomed the funding boost as a major win.

“The federal government’s commitment to funding infrastructure on that scale acknowledges the importance of Western Sydney as the fastest growing region in Australia and demonstrates the benefits of inter-governmental partnerships,” WSROC president Barry Calvert says.

“Continued investment in the region by both the federal and state governments, working alongside local councils, will not only improve the quality of life for Western Sydney families but will create new jobs arising from development opportunities around the Western Sydney International Airport precinct.”

Calvert says it’s pleasing to see extra federal funding provided to continue vital projects such as Appin Road, Spring Farm Parkway and bus infrastructure for the future airport.

“The fact that the federal government is prepared to commit to investment on such a scale underscores the importance of supporting growth in Western Sydney, which is expected to be home to over four million people by 2041,” Calvert says.

“WSROC’s advocacy is increasingly focused on impressing on all levels of government of the need for and benefits from working in partnership, including with local government.

“We are calling on the federal and NSW governments to at least fund business cases for more projects and to show further top-level strategic commitment in that space.”

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