NSW Government investing $40.9 million to fast-track critical infrastructure in high growth communities
The NSW Government is investing $40.9 million to fast-track critical infrastructure for rapidly growing communities in Greater Sydney and the Central Coast where around 18,000 new homes are set to be built in the next three years.
The investment aligns with the Minns Labor Government’s commitment to getting more people into homes and ensuring the infrastructure is there to support them.
The funds will support road upgrades at Waterloo, Box Hill and Ryde, improved pedestrian connectivity in Parramatta, and a new sporting complex on the Central Coast.
The City of Parramatta, Central Coast Council, City of Ryde, The Hills Shire Council and Transport for NSW will be responsible for delivering the projects.
Construction is planned to start from this month.
The fast-tracking of these projects will ensure around 18,000 new homes planned in these high-growth communities will have the infrastructure needed in time for the arrival of residents.
NSW needs more housing to meet our state’s housing demands – along with our commitments under the National Housing Accord. All projects are expected to be delivered by mid-2026.
The fast-track infrastructure project funding includes:
- Road intersection improvements at McEvoy Street and Botany Road in Waterloo ($13.5 million)
- Pedestrian link through Parramatta CBD, linking Parramatta Square to Powerhouse Parramatta and the foreshore ($10.6 million)
- Funding for a bridge over the Killarney Chain of Ponds at Box Hill ($8.2 million)
- Investment for the construction of Colongra Sporting Complex on the Central Coast ($6 million)
- Funding towards the installation of traffic lights at the junction of Parkes Street at Ryde ($2.6 million)
NSW Premier Chris Minns said:
“I’ve made clear we need more housing supply, there’s no two ways about it.
“We are getting on with the job of delivering infrastructure to go alongside the new housing.
“The projects will help ensure these growing suburbs get the infrastructure they need and deserve.
“It is an important step, but we know our work to enable housing supply does not stop here.
“We are making progress, but this is a big task with a lot more work to do.”
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said:
“We’ve inherited a housing crisis so we’re doing everything we can to fast-track housing delivery and get more people into homes quicker.
“We need all parts of the system and all levels of government working together, focused on delivering high quality homes with the right infrastructure and in places where people want to live.
“This includes the Housing and Productivity Contributions scheme I introduced to parliament last month, which will better connect new homes with jobs and infrastructure, like the projects announced today.
“These five projects are a great example of collaboration between councils and the state that will provide the infrastructure needed to deliver thousands of new homes for people in growing communities.”
Member for Parramatta, Donna Davis said:
“This is such an important connection for Parramatta, providing pedestrian access from the river to four forms of public transport in the CBD.
“This link will provide a wonderful tree lined boulevard for pedestrians to move safely from Paramatta Square through to the new Powerhouse Parramatta and the river foreshore.”
Member for Heffron, Ron Hoenig said:
“These improvements at McEvoy Street and Botany Road will help to ease traffic gridlock that is already taking a toll on Waterloo and Alexandria as a result of WestConnex.
“We need to future-proof this intersection in order to get more housing supply where it makes sense.”
Member for Swansea, Yasmin Catley said:
“The sporting complex at Colongra is a gamechanger for the community.
“This facility will give local clubs a permanent home and provide local schools and the public with access to sporting fields, courts and greenspace.”