Budget signals commitment to Western Sydney growth
The region has received a huge boost from the 2014/15 State budget, with the Government pledging billions of dollars to deliver big-ticket upgrades to transport, health and housing infrastructure across the region.
Highlights from the 2014/15 budget for Western Sydney include:
- $863 million for the 36-kilometre North West Rail Link.
- $400 million for work to accelerate a Western Sydney light rail system, subject to feasibility.
- $398 million for WestConnex.
- $109 million for road upgrades to support Sydney's second airport at Badgerys Creek.
- $103 million to complete the South West Rail Link from Glenfield to Leppington.
- $81 million to continue the redevelopment of Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals.
- $12 million for the new $31 million Ponds High School.
- $5 million to commence the Westmead Hospital redevelopment.
- $6 million to continue the $7.5 million upgrade of Cabramatta High School.
- $60 million for local councils to deliver essential infrastructure to support up to 3,000 new homes in Western Sydney growth areas.
Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Mike Baird described the region as a ‘vibrant’ area, and a priority for housing, health, and transport infrastructure development.
“Residents in Western Sydney can look at the 2014-15 Budget and be confident that they are getting a fair go”, Mr Baird said.