Why is this important to the people of NSW?
By 2036, NSW needs to support:
NSW's population is expected to grow by more than one million over the next 10 years.
It is important that every NSW community receives its fair share of local projects and extra services. This may be a new police station in Queanbeyan, an upgrade to the local primary school at Pottsville Beach or constructing a dedicated bus line for people living on Sydney's northern beaches. To ensure this we are working to:
- deliver our major infrastructure projects on time and on budget
- accelerate the delivery of more than 80 significant local infrastructure projects.
More than 10,000 jobs are expected to be created during the total construction period of WestConnex. The Sydney Light Rail CBD and South East will deliver more than $4 billion worth of economic benefits and create 10,000 jobs for NSW.
Regional infrastructure projects, such as the redevelopment of Lismore Base Hospital will provide skilled jobs for local people.
How are we tracking?
10 major infrastructure projects
We have committed to deliver 10 key infrastructure projects in metro and regional areas, on time and on budget by the end of 2024. The timelines for these are shown below.
|Project||Delivery due date|
|Pacific Highway upgrade (Woolgoolga to Ballina)||Late 2020|
|Sydney Light Rail (CBD and South East)||Early 2019|
|Sydney Metro Northwest||Mid 2019|
|Sydney Metro City and South West||2024|
|Northern Beaches B-Line||Early 2019|
|Newcastle Light Rail||Mid 2019|
|Westmead Stage 1A/B Redevelopment||Late 2020|
|Northern Beaches Health Service Redevelopment||Late 2018|
Accelerating local infrastructure
The Premier is committed to ensuring that everyone in NSW gets their fair share of infrastructure and that projects of local importance are delivered across the state.
To achieve this, we are focusing on a dynamic list of nearly 90 local infrastructure projects across NSW. The projects are tracked and monitored by a specialist delivery team, including Infrastructure NSW (INSW), to ensure the projects are successfully delivered or on track to be delivered.
This means all local communities across NSW will have access to the infrastructure they need, including safer and better quality roads and highways, new and bigger school campuses, integrated health care through new multipurpose health facilities, and improved police facilities.
What are we doing?
We're changing how we plan and deliver infrastructure
The infrastructure we need over the next 50 years relies on future-focused planning today.
Infrastructure NSW provides expert, independent advice on the government’s ambitious infrastructure projects. Under the Infrastructure Investor Assurance Framework, INSW undertakes project monitoring, regular project reporting, Gateway Reviews and Health Checks to keep projects on track.
Key infrastructure across the state is being funded through various sources, including:
- Rebuilding NSW is turbocharging NSW’s building plans with an additional $20 billion from leasing the state’s electricity network
- Restart NSW is ensuring that the regions have the infrastructure they need to support a vibrant and productive economy. Thirty per cent of Restart NSW funds are committed to regional NSW and fund projects such as:
- fixing country roads to repair and upgrade roads throughout regional NSW. So far, $183.4 million has been allocated across 207 projects to improve road networks
- supporting regional and rural communities affected by mining by upgrading health, water, road and educations infrastructure through the Resources for Regions fund. Over the past five years, more than $230 million has been allocated to 42 projects, with another $50 million allocated in the 2017 budget
- supporting infrastructure investment in the Hunter and Illawarra regions, including $170 million to upgrade the Princess Highway.
- Regional Growth Fund will invest $1.3 billion in projects that facilitate regional development through six funds. These funds aim to enable essential infrastructure, support arts and culture, enhance and build sporting infrastructure, improve regional voice and data connectivity, invest in our mining-impacted communities, spur job creation and deliver local infrastructure. Register your email to receive an update when a fund opens for applications.
Recently completed local infrastructure projects
Sportsman’s Creek Bridge replacement – North Coast
A new bridge has been built over Sportsmans Creek at Lawrence in Northern NSW, which opened to traffic on 26 February 2018.
The new Sportsmans Creek Bridge is part of the Bridges for the Bush initiatives – a NSW Government commitment to improving road freight productivity by replacing or upgrading bridges throughout regional NSW. This bridge will cater for future requirements of surrounding agricultural industries, local traffic and pedestrian access.
Ardlethan RAIR – Riverina Murray
Operations at the brand new Ardlethan NSW Ambulance Station have started. Designed with input from local paramedics, the station will enable NSW Ambulance to meet the mobile emergency care needs of Ardlethan and surrounds for years to come.
The NSW Government is investing in purpose-built and modern NSW Ambulance stations to help support the clinical capability of our highly-trained paramedics.
Lismore Base Hospital
The $80 million Lismore Base Hospital redevelopment project will provide improved access to a wider range of services for the local community on the state’s North Coast. Stage 3B of the project – which is expected to be completed by 2020 – will employ about 70 tradespeople a year, providing 14 apprenticeship opportunities for local young people. At its peak, Lismore’s stage 3B will employ around 200 people on site.
The NSW Government is delivering more skilled jobs for apprentices and helping more women take up a trade through the Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program (ISLP) on the North Coast as part of major upgrades to the Lismore Hospital.
What can you do?
Have your say on infrastructure projects in your community.
- Contact us with an innovative solution to reduce congestion.
- Contact Transport NSW to have your say on transport issues that affect you.
- Contact Health Infrastructure to have your say on healthcare infrastructure that would support your community.