Premier Gladys Berejiklian today unveiled the Government’s long-term vision for a thriving NSW - creating jobs close to where people live and the infrastructure to ensure our cities and regions are connected and liveable.
Ms Berejiklian released the NSW State Infrastructure Strategy, theState’s Future Transport Strategy 2056 and the Greater Sydney Region Plan. For the first time, these plans were developed together to deliver important long-term outcomes for the future.
“This landmark vision integrates social infrastructure, transport and planning, so we can make the most of this Government’s unprecedented investment in communities across our State,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Over the last seven years, our strong economic management has meant we’ve been able to deliver a massive pipeline of infrastructure investment worth $111 billion, with over $80 billion in the next four years alone.
“NSW by far boasts more major infrastructure projects underway than any other State. When we came to Government social infrastructure in schools and hospitals were not part of the planning process. We have changed that.”
This builds on the Long Term Transport Masterplan released in 2012. Since then the NSW Government has launched construction of the Sydney Metro; WestConnex; Sydney and Newcastle Light Rail; and, regional road upgrades including on the Hume, Pacific, Princes, Great Western and Newell highways.
Of the more than 700 projects linked to the 2012 Plan, over 430 are complete, 200 are under construction and the rest are in the planning stage.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said, “Integrated transport investment will make Sydney a great place to live, with 70 per cent of people to live within 30 minutes of jobs, study and entertainment by 2056. It will also ensure greater connectivity to our regions.
“Western Sydney remains a major priority for infrastructure, with the Western Parkland City set to benefit from new road and rail investment that connects residents with smart, skilled jobs at the Aerotropolis,” Mr Constance said.
Minister for Housing and Planning Anthony Roberts said, “It is exciting to be a part of the formation of Greater Sydney’s transformation to three distinct, but connected, cities.”
“The Region Plan promotes Greater Sydney’s health and education precincts as generators of innovation, research and future jobs, while the city’s ‘green infrastructure’ is valued, protected and enhanced like never before,” Mr Roberts said.
In Regional NSW, the focus will be on better and safer connectivity between regional communities.
The State Infrastructure Strategy is informed by Building Momentum, Infrastructure NSW’s expert reports on the State’s infrastructure needs. The NSW Government has accepted 101 recommendations from The State Infrastructure Strategy, supporting 12 in principle and noting 9 recommendations.
“We are taking action now to secure a strong economic and sustainable future for NSW for generations to come,” Ms Berejiklian said.