Budget supports economic growth, strengthens communities in Western Sydney

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Western Sydney residents will benefit from the Abbott Government’s commitment to build the infrastructure of the 21st century and provide much-needed funding for community projects, announced in the 2014-15 Budget, Senator for Western Sydney, the Hon. Marise Payne said.

The multi-billion-dollar infrastructure investment is part of the Government’s Economic Action Strategy to create thousands of jobs and slash travel times, while the environmental and social services funding delivers on election commitments to provide much-needed community amenities. 

The Budget includes funding for the following projects in Western Sydney:

• $1.5 billion plus a concessional loan of up to $2 billion to build the WestConnex Motorway, linking Western and South-Western Sydney with the city, Sydney Airport and port precincts;
• $2.9 billion for the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, featuring upgrades to the Northern and Bringelly Roads, a new motorway from the M7 to the Northern Road, a $200 million local roads package; and,
- $173.5 million for safety upgrades of the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow
- $35 million for the extension of Jane Street, Penrith, the Great Western Highway at High Street
- $3 million for planning works for a managed motorway system on the M4 from Merrylands to Lapstone
- $53 million to upgrade Narellan Road from four lanes to six lanes between Camden Valley Way and Blaxland Road
- $2.4 million for planning for stage one Werrington Arterial works between the M4 Motorway and the Great Western Highway at Claremont Meadows 

• $7.5 million for the Cumberland Conservation Corridor;
• $20 million for residential aged care services for the Arabic community in Western Sydney;
• $1 million for CCTV cameras, security measures and graffiti cleaning in Parramatta
• $500,000 for Merrylands hydrotherapy pool for seniors;
• $100,000 to upgrade William Lawson Park Netball Courts in Prospect; and,
• $10,000 to supply tools and equipment at Parramatta Men’s Shed (Kamballa Precinct).

“These projects will bring job opportunities, boost our local economy and make our roads safer for motorists, whilst also making our community more liveable and improving our local environment,” Senator Payne said.

Further information can be found at www.budget.gov.au/2014-15/.