NSW Budget Drives Momentum for GWS

Nicholas Rupolo •
June 18, 2024

The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue today welcomes record funding in the NSW budget for social and affordable housing, public transport infrastructure and much-needed road upgrades to drive momentum for Greater Western Sydney (GWS).

With social housing wait lists and homelessness on the rise in GWS, Dialogue CEO, Adam Leto said the historic $6.6 billion commitment to build more social and affordable housing and tackle homelessness in NSW is a positive step in addressing this crisis in the region.

“GWS is set to welcome up to 800,000 new residents in the next two decades, which means the big investments in social and affordable housing need to be made now – and the government has delivered,” Mr Leto said.

“An $810 million investment for social housing repair and $527 million for front-line homelessness services is a huge boost, and we’re hopeful that a significant portion of this investment is focussed on Western Sydney, where some residents are waiting more than two and a half years for social housing and where homelessness is on the rise.

“This record housing budget can be stretched even further if delivered in partnership with our community housing providers, the private sector and Federal Government.”

Major funding for transport projects, including $2.1 billion to begin construction of Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 that will link Parramatta CBD to Sydney Olympic Park, shows the government isn’t taking its foot off the pedal when it comes to transformational infrastructure in GWS.

“The green light for Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 will turbocharge investment in what is already one of the most dynamic areas in Sydney,” Mr Leto said.

“This investment builds on Parramatta’s reputation as a genuine and fast-growing CBD, and alongside multi-million-dollar investment in increased bus services for north and south west Sydney, will better connect residents of GWS to employment and education opportunities across the region.”

The NSW Government has also committed an additional $1 billion to partner with the Federal Government to deliver critical road projects around Western Sydney International Airport (WSI) and Aerotropolis.

“The Dialogue is pleased to see that Federal and State Governments have come to the table with a $5.2 billion pledge for projects including Mamre Road Stage 2 and Elizabeth Drive, which will unlock major industrial precincts and create more than 20,000 jobs,” Mr Leto said.

“We’re also glad the government has secured the future of the hugely successful Penrith beach for another summer, and we hope this is the start of a new wave to make Pondi permanent.”

Significant investments for GWS in the NSW State Budget include:

  • $2.1 billion to begin construction on Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail project
  • Additional $1 billion to partner with the Federal government to build job-generating roads around Western Sydney International Airport (WSI) & Aerotropolis
  • $151 million to deliver ongoing hospital redevelopments at Liverpool Hospital ($40m), Nepean Hospital ($80m), and the Integrated Mental Health Complex at Westmead ($31m)
  • $40 million to transform Riverside Theatres at Parramatta into a state-of-the-art cultural precinct
  • $24.7 million to boost bus services in North West Sydney and new dedicated bus services connecting Blacktown, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Liverpool & Penrith to WSI
  • $2.5 million to open Penrith Beach next Summer