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The NSW Government is focused on making Western Sydney a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Connecting communities

Connecting people to their workplace and to one another, safely and quickly, is a key priority of this Government. The Government is acting on plans to realise the 30-minute city ambition by funding the planning of a sustainable transport network that considers the movement of people and freight to support liveable and productive communities. Safe and reliable transport connections that support a 24/7 economy in Western Sydney are being considered in the planning of the future transport network.

This Budget allocates more than $16.0 billion in transport infrastructure in Western Sydney to support growth, including $2.8 billion in 2022-23. The increase in infrastructure investment in Western Sydney will continue to unlock the economic potential of the region and provide the critical transport links for the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport and surrounding employment areas.

Funding for upgrades to key roads, such as Mulgoa Road, will support economic growth and productivity by improving connections to Western Sydney employment lands and the Aerotropolis. Upgrades will also deliver local safety improvements and promote sustainable transport options by providing active transport facilities and possible future public transport needs.

Key investments and initiatives in this Budget include the following:

  • $236.0 million in 2022-23 on Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 to support growth in Western Sydney, creating new communities and connecting places.

  • $602.4 million on Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 ($26.2 million in 2022-23) to commence the detailed planning and early works, which will include the delivery of a new bridge crossing the Parramatta River between Wentworth Point and Melrose Park.

  • $220.1 million in 2022-23 ($1.5 billion over four years) on the Western Sydney Growth Roads Program to accommodate population and employment growth in Western Sydney. Key projects include:

    • Mulgoa Road upgrades (state and federally funded)

    • The Horsley Drive, M7 motorway to Cowpasture Road (state and federally funded)

    • Appin Road Improvements (Commonwealth Government-funded)

    • Spring Farm Parkway Stage 1

    • Mamre Road, M4 Motorway to Erskine Park Road

    • Memorial Avenue, Old Windsor Road to Windsor Road

    • Western Sydney Long-Term Strategic Transport Corridor Preservation

  • $205.6 million in 2022-23 ($1.2 billion over four years) towards the M12 Motorway to support the Western Sydney International Airport. The M12 Motorway provides direct access to the airport, running east-west, linking the M7 Motorway and The Northern Road. It will also improve the movement of freight in and through Western Sydney.

  • $74.0 million in 2022-23 ($243.1 million over three years) on Prospect Highway, Reservoir Road to St Martins Crescent to improve road safety for all road users, reduce congestion leading to improved travel times, and increase network efficiency.

Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1

The Parramatta Light Rail is one of the NSW Government's latest major infrastructure projects being delivered to serve a growing Sydney. Stage 1 will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia with a two-way track spanning 12 km. It is expected to open in 2023.

With completed track installation across the 12 km alignment and work on the first light rail stop underway; the Parramatta Light Rail route will link the Parramatta CBD and train station to the Westmead Health Precinct, Cumberland Hospital Precinct, CommBank Stadium, the Camellia Town Centre, Powerhouse Parramatta, Telopea, Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, and three Western Sydney University campuses.

Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2

The NSW Government has committed $602.4 million to proceed with Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 and commenced the detailed planning process to move ahead with this Western Sydney project.

The funding will go towards early works and building the vital bridge connection across the Parramatta River between Wentworth Point and Melrose Park.

Planning and development work is continuing, including utilities and geotechnical investigations across the alignment, as well as progressing the development of the project's Environmental Impact Statement, which will be released for public comment by the end of the year.

Render of Parramatta Light Rail Stages one and two

 

Providing world-class healthcare and hospitals

The Western Sydney region is home to the Westmead Health and Innovation District, Australia's largest health, education and research precinct. Good health is the backbone of a productive economy and quality of life. This Budget continues to invest in innovative and integrated facilities that will deliver high-quality healthcare for decades to come. This will support access to quality local health facilities and healthcare close to home for Western Sydney residents.

The Government is spending more than $1.8 billion on hospitals, including more than $480.0 million in 2022- 23 for Western Sydney. Key capital investments and initiatives include the following:

  • $185.4 million in 2022-23 (as part of a $619.0 million project) for Stage 2 of The Children's Hospital at Westmead Redevelopment.

  • $126.8 million in 2022-23 (as part of a $740.0 million project) for the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct.

  • $76.0 million in 2022-23 (as part of a $1.0 billion project) for Stages 1 and 2 of the Nepean Hospital Redevelopment.

  • $45.0 million in 2022-23 (as part of a $632.0 million project) for Stage 2 of the Campbelltown Hospital Redevelopment.

  • $34.2 million in 2022-23 (as part of a $49.6 million project) for the Viral Vector Manufacturing Facility.

  • $11.7 million in 2022-23 (as part of a $300.0 million project) for the Rouse Hill Health Service.

  • $1.8 million in 2022-23 (as part of a $460.0 million project) to deliver a modern and integrated mental health complex at the Westmead Hospital campus.

Image of Westmead Health Precinct

 

Vibrant, green and creative precincts

Vibrant and green streetscapes and spaces can help create a better place to live and work. They can improve physical and mental health, increase urban amenity, enhance local property values and provide places for our unique plants and animals to live. Sporting and cultural institutions and infrastructure play a critical role in the State's economy, from skills development and job creation to attracting tourism. Maximising our investment in Western Sydney will further the city's role as a world-class centre for sporting events and cultural visitation, and put Western Sydney on the map as a cultural capital.

Key investments and initiatives recognised in this Budget include:

  • $246.1 million in 2022-23 for the new Powerhouse Museum at Parramatta and expansion of the Museum Discovery Centre in Castle Hill.

  • $26.4 million in 2022-23 (as part of a $53.8 million project over three years) for early works on heritage assets at Parramatta North, including site-wide enabling infrastructure, critical conservation, and activation of 11 heritage buildings and 3 open spaces.

  • $15.0 million in 2022-23 (as part of a $38.4 million project) to continue the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan to acquire the first stage of the Georges River Koala Reserve, and for installation of koala-exclusion fencing to protect koalas from urban encroachment.

  • $11.1 million in 2022-23 (as part of a $81.4 million project) to continue capital works and maintenance of Stadium Australia at Sydney Olympic Park.

  • $10.0 million over two years to support local councils and community organisations to host cultural festivals and events focused in Western Sydney and the six cities.

  • $9.5 million in 2022-23 ($78.3 million over 10 years) to improve pathways and park facilities at Western Sydney Parklands.

  • $5.0 million in 2022-23 to Venues NSW to develop a final business case for an operable roof at Stadium Australia.

  • Funding towards the Rugby League Centre of Excellence at Kellyville Memorial Park to provide training and community sports facilities and support the development of male and female players. This is part of a $113.0 million investment towards Rugby League Centres of Excellence in New South Wales.

  • Redevelopment of Penrith Stadium. This will turn it into a world-class suburban sport, entertainment and community venue.

The NSW Government has also committed funding to support free general admission to Sydney Living Museums for the next 12 months, including its Western Sydney sites, to make arts and culture accessible to all.

Image of a family enjoying a picnic on the Nepean river, Penrith

 

WestInvest

The new $5.0 billion WestInvest program, announced in September 2021, will fund transformational projects that will support liveability and community amenity in Western Sydney.

The program is split between two funding streams. $2.0 billion is reserved for high-priority community projects, of which:

  • $1.6 billion will be allocated through a competitive grants process to non-government organisations, Local Aboriginal Land Councils, charitable organisations, community groups, not-for-profits and local councils.

  • $400.0 million will be directly allocated to eligible Councils to advance local projects in Western Sydney LGAs.

In February 2022, through the 'Have Your Say' survey, Western Sydney residents were invited to contribute ideas for liveability-enhancing projects that would improve the everyday lives of local communities. More than 5,400 people submitted a survey, with 11,336 ideas generated.

The feedback received through the 'Have Your Say' survey will help inform the assessment of proposals through the WestInvest program, ensuring that selected projects meet the needs of the community and make a real difference to the lives of Western Sydney residents.

The community project stream is underway, with organisations that were successful in the Registration of Interest round now able to submit applications. Successful projects are expected to be determined from November 2022.

A further $3.0 billion is available to NSW Government agencies to deliver transformational projects that will benefit local communities.

All funding through WestInvest will be allocated to projects that drive outcomes to improve one or more of these six focus areas:

  • Quality green and open spaces

  • Community infrastructure

  • School modernisation

  • Arts and cultural facilities

  • High street activation

  • Local traffic programs

This Budget announces $478.2 million from WestInvest to modernise local schools. The program of works will deliver a broad range of capital investment to renew existing school assets and provide additional teaching spaces at nine schools:

  • Austral Public School

  • Condell Park High School

  • Leppington Public School

  • Parramatta East Public School

  • Riverbank Public School (Stage 3)

  • Rouse Hill High School

  • Schofields Public School

  • Sir Joseph Banks High School

  • Telopea Public School

Further NSW Government agency projects will be announced later in 2022.

Image of students studying in the library at Western Sydney University, Penrith

 

Western Sydney City Deal

The Western Sydney City Deal (the City Deal), signed on 4 March 2018, is a landmark agreement between all three levels of government that will drive economic growth, enhanced connectivity, liveability and sustainability for the people of Western Sydney. This builds on the Commonwealth Government's $5.3 billion commitment towards the new Western Sydney Airport.

As at August 2021, 11 out of the 38 commitments agreed under the City Deal have been completed.

The NSW Government is continuing to implement the City Deal and engaging in consistent and open collaboration across all three levels of government to strengthen Western Sydney's vibrant culture and lifestyle. This will make it an even better place to live.

Key investments under the City Deal include:

  • $1.7 billion in 2022-23 for continued construction for the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport line, a metro rail link connecting St Marys to the new Western Sydney International (Nancy- Bird Walton) Airport and the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. The project is a key part of delivering an integrated transport system for the Western Parkland City. Strategic planning has identified future extensions and connections to service the Western Parkland City. A business case will be prepared for a south-eastern extension of the Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport project from the current southern terminus at Bradfield to Glenfield.

  • $113.9 million in 2022-23 towards the continuation of Stage 1 Enabling Works to establish, remediate and allow site access to the new Bradfield City Centre.

  • $39.0 million in 2022-23 to continue the establishment of Bradfield's first high-tech building which will house shared-use equipment for research institutions and industry to collaborate.

  • $26.6 million in 2022-23 towards the continuation of the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, which provides vital community infrastructure and public spaces across eight City Deal council areas.

  • $12.7 million in 2022-23 towards the continuation of the New Education Training Model pilot aimed at helping advanced industries access skilled labour.

  • $1.9 million in 2022-23 towards the continuation of the Place-based Infrastructure Compact program in the new Greater Penrith to Eastern Creek growth area.

  • The development of a South-West Sydney Community and Justice Precinct strategic business case, expected to be completed in 2022-23.

Western Sydney will continue to be the heart of Australia's high-tech manufacturing capability with the new Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF) funded as part of the State's commitment to the City Deal. This Budget invests $10.0 million in 2022-23 ($261.9 million over 10 years) towards its establishment. The AMRF will support up to 200 direct and 1,000 indirect jobs in the Bradfield City Centre by 2032, supporting the NSW Government's commitment to deliver 200,000 jobs by 2056 in the Western Parkland City as part of the City Deal.

Render of AMRF
Render of AMRF