Additional infrastructure funding supports Blue Mountains economic recovery

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

As New South Wales prepares to reopen under the National Plan, fourteen projects in the Blue Mountains, worth over $2.6 million, have been approved by the Morrison Government under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program.

Phase 2 of the federal government’s infrastructure package provides funding for a wide-range of small-scale projects, including road resealments, the upgrade and renewal of off road car parks and select drainage upgrades, among others.

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the new funding would further bolster the Blue Mountains’ economic recovery.

“We know that investing in infrastructure creates an economic ripple effect across the local economy, and this latest funding package will support over 100 jobs,” Senator Payne said.

“Every job engaged through Phase 2 is another example of how the Morrison Government is delivering on-the-ground support for the Blue Mountains.

“Phase 3 of the Program will commence from 1 Janurary 2022, cementing our local infrastructure and jobs pipeline, and I look forward to continuing to work with Council to deliver this third tranche.”

Several projects funded under the Program prioritise the safe and efficient movement of people on new or upgraded footpaths, bicycle links and roads. Senator Payne said these projects encourage active and healthy living, allowing more residents to enjoy the Mountains’ bushland.

“We know that residents care deeply about the condition of public assets around their local parks, schools and walking tracks, which is why I am pleased to deliver funding for their improvement,” Senator Payne said.

“In this round alone, over $229,000 has been secured to provide a new bicycle and walking link for Ellison Public School in Springwood, and over $220,000 will be provided to improve street lighting equipment on Old Bathurst Road, an area of particular concern for motorists.”

Ward 1 Liberal Councillor and Chair of the Mayoral Reference Group advising Council on matters affecting businesses, Kevin Schreiber, welcomed the injection of funds into the local area.

“It’s great to see further federal funds hit the ground in the upper Mountains so that Council can deliver these infrastructure projects,” Cr Schreiber said.

“In particular, I welcome the new accessible parking that will be provided on Leichhardt Street near Blackheath Public School as this will enhance students’ safety."

Ward 4 Liberal Councillor Brendan Christie said improving local roads was a shared priority for both Council and the federal government.

“Old Bathurst Road is pitch black at night and the new and upgraded lighting is both much needed and well overdue, while the improved and replaced speed cushions and wombat crossing along Service Road will greatly improve pedestrian safety for our residents,” Cr Christie said.

Under Phase 1 of the LRCI Program, Blue Mountains City Council received over $869,000 in federal funding for the replacement of unit pavers and the renewal of kerbs and driveways in Katoomba’s town centre. Projects funded under the LRCI Progam are nominated by Council, which is the proponent for each project.

Phase 2 LRCI projects:

Project location

Project description 

Federal funding

Waratah Rd, Wentworth Falls: Culvert Upgrade

Drainage: Culvert Upgrade (50% Upgrade / 50% Renewal) to reduce flooding due to current limited capacity.


Sinclair Cr, Wentworth Falls

Reconstruction: (Renewal) Pavement Reconstruction, High Traffic Link Road.


Lincoln Rock Carpark, Wentworth Falls

Off Road Car Park: (30% Upgrade / 70% Renewal) Provide parking facility for high demand area.


Paradise Pool Carpark, Linden

Off Road Car Park: (30% Upgrade / 70% Renewal) To provide visitors car parking as frequently visited tourist area.


25 Pritchard St, Wentworth Falls

Drainage: Drainage Improvement Works (50% Renewal / 50% Upgrade) To reduce flooding caused by the inadequate system capacity.


Ellison School Footpath, Hawkesbury Rd, Winmalee

Bicycle and Walking Paths: (New) Active Transport Link – high priority.


Old Bathurst Rd, Blaxland

Street Lighting Equipment: (80% Upgrade / 20% Renewal) Lighting Upgrade to improve safety and visibility


Leura Mall, Leura

Street Lighting Equipment: (Upgrade) Lighting Upgrade to improve safety and visibility


Leichardt St, Blackheath

Improved Accessibility of Community Facilities and Areas: (New) to provide Accessible Parking near school


Sun Valley Rd, Sun Valley

Resealing: (Renewal) Pavement Reseal. Link Road, high risk.


St Georges Cres, Faulconbridge

Reconstruction: (New) Active Transport Link – high priority


Falcon St, Hazelbrook

Bicycle and Walking Paths: (New) Shared path – Active Transport Link. High priority.


GWH Service Rd, Blaxland

Traffic Improvement: (Renewal) Traffic Facility – To replace existing poor condition speed cushions with raised pedestrian (wombat) crossing.


 Mt Victoria Accessible Pathway

Improved Accessibility of Community Facilities and Areas: Accessible Pathway