New South Wales has released its long-term infrastructure strategy.
NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, released the NSW State Infrastructure Strategy, the state’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.
This builds on the Long Term Transport Master Plan 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.
NSW 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.”
NSW 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.”
In Regional NSW, the focus will be on better and safer connectivity between regional communities.