NSW Regional Infrastructure

Published 20th December, 2016

The NSW Government is delivering important infrastructure projects in regional NSW.

NSW is Australia’s premier state and it continues to grow rapidly.

That is why the NSW Government is undertaking an ambitious $20 billion infrastructure program as part of the Rebuilding NSW plan, including investing $6 billion in regional NSW.

We are focused on delivering projects not just on time, but on budget.

We are investing heavily in regional NSW. We cannot relieve the pressure on our existing infrastructure without significant investment in the transport, roads, water, education, health, police and justice, sports and arts infrastructure which is so vital to strong regional communities.

Our priorities for infrastructure investment are built on the recognition that every region is different. We have released a tailored report for each region within the State. 

The years ahead are exciting. I am committed to delivering on these important infrastructure projects to make our regions, and our great state, even better.

Mike Baird 
NSW Premier

Central Coast

The number of residents aged over 65 years in the Central Coast is forecast to increase from 20 per cent to 28 per cent of the total population. It is imperative that transport infrastructure is built to support the diverse economy and connectivity to both Sydney and Newcastle as the region grows. Key projects include the redevelopment of Gosford and Wyong hospitals; upgrading Point Clare Public School; new ambulance stations at Wyong and Toukley; upgrading busy intersections along Wyong Road; improving and widening the M1 Pacific Motorway; widening the Pacific Highway between Narara and Ourimbah; upgrading the Pacific Highway through Wyong Town Centre; and the Warnervale Link Road from Albert Warner Drive to the Pacific Highway Wyong.

Download the Central Coast region report (PDF, 1.34MB)

Greater Western Sydney

The population of Greater Western Sydney is projected to grow by 43 per cent between 2016 and 2036. This is why the NSW Government is investing in projects that are priorities for the local community, such as the WestConnex motorway; Sydney Metro Northwest; Westmead Hospital redevelopment; NorthConnex motorway; and new fire stations at Windsor, Ropes Crossing, Oran Park, Marsden Park and Mount Druitt. 

Download the Greater Western Sydney region report (PDF, 1.51MB).


The Hunter region, where the population is projected to grow by 17 per cent between 2016 and 2036, reaching almost 800,000, has its own challenges and opportunities. This is why the government is investing in projects that are a priority for the Hunter community, such as the Wickham Interchange and Light Rail and the new Justice Precinct in Newcastle,  the New Maitland Hospital, widening Cormorant Road between Industrial drive and Stockton Bridge, renewing the Singleton CBD and upgrading the Belmont, Morisset and Toronto Road police stations.   

Download the Hunter region report (PDF, 2.65MB).

Illawarra and South Coast

To meet the challenges of a bigger population in the Illawarra and South Coast region the NSW Government is investing in projects that will ensure sustainable economic growth, access and support for an ageing population, improved transport and infrastructure connectivity and streamlined government services. Local projects include Princes Highway upgrades, including the Berry and Albion Park rail bypasses; hospital upgrades at Shellharbour, Bega, Bulli and Wollongong; relocation of Eurobodalla Renal Dialysis and Oncology clinics; new SES headquarters in Wollongong; new Service NSW Centres in Ulladulla and Nowra; Port of Eden wharf extension and wave attenuator; a new police station at Bay and Basin; and upgrading Wollongong Courthouse.

Download the Illawarra and South Coast region report (PDF, 1.24MB).

North Coast

In the next 20 years the North Coast population is expected to grow by more than 97,000 to almost 645,000 – with health and education the fastest-growing sectors. Significant investment is required to ensure that transport, tourism, health and education infrastructure keep pace with visitation and population growth. This is why the government is investing in local projects in the North Coast such as Pacific Highway upgrades; redevelopment of Lismore Base Hospital; expansion of mental health facilities at Port Macquarie Base Hospital; and a new high school in Ballina.

Download the North Coast region report (PDF, 1.45MB).

Southern NSW

Southern NSW encompasses South East NSW, the Riverina and the Murry-Lower Darling. The Riverina is known as NSW's fruit bowl and the Murray-Lower Darling is one of the nation’s premier agricultural hubs. The government is investing in local services and infrastructure including new police stations in Deniliquin, Moss Vale and Queanbeyan; redevelopment of the Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital; safety upgrades to the Kings Highway; and new facilities and upgrades for TAFE NSW Riverina Institute. 

Download the Southern NSW region report (PDF, 1.67MB).

Western NSW

The population of western NSW is projected to grow, with many residents residing in small local towns and localities. To strengthen the region’s economy the NSW Government will focus on freight and public transport, as well as social services to support communities. This is why the government is investing in projects such as hospital upgrades in Gunnedah, Armidale, Broken Hill, Mudgee, and Inverell; transport interchange upgrades at Dubbo, Orange, Tamworth, Bathurst, Lithgow, Armidale and Parkes; upgrades to the Great Western Highway; and new and upgraded fire stations at Grenfell, Parkes, Wallerawang, Gulgong, Nyngan and Brewarrina.

Download the Western NSW region report (PDF, 1.21MB).

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Published 20th December, 2016