The decision to not include funding for the Metro West rail project in the Federal Budget is a missed opportunity for the Morrison Government to demonstrate its support for the economic development of Greater Western Sydney.
Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue Chairman, Christopher Brown AM, described Metro West as Sydney’s most transformative transport project. He said upon completion of its first link it will generate tens of thousands of jobs, unlock the potential of the city’s two CBDs, in Sydney and Parramatta and battle congestion.
“West Metro is the most critical, and transformative, transport project in Australia’s fastest growing and highest density urban area that can only support the growing population of Western Sydney with State and Federal backing,” Mr Brown said.
“Turbo charging economic development in the Greater West can only be done with infrastructure that brings Olympic Park to life, opens up Camellia, encourages more businesses to locate in Parramatta and boosts the high tech medical/education hub at Westmead,” he said.
Mr Brown acknowledged the Federal Government’s continued support of the north-south rail, which will link St Marys to the Western Sydney Airport.
“The Dialogue is proud of the role it played in securing this vital connection, which was announced last year as part of the Western Sydney City Deal. The additional commitment in this year’s budget reaffirms the Federal Government’s commitment to the growth of south-west and north-west Sydney, and the success of the Aerotropolis.
“In saying that, we can’t lose sight of the importance of Sydney’s ‘central city’ and the areas within that corridor which are at breaking point, and need immediate investment and improved transport links.”
Included in the Federal Budget for Western Sydney was:
· $3.5 billion for the Western Sydney North-South Rail Link
· $405 million additional funds for the M12 Motorway
· $50 million to upgrade King Georges Road
· $95 million to improve The Horsley Drive
· $50 million of improvements for Homebush Bay Drive (including Australia Ave and Underwood Road)
· Upgrades to commuter parking at Panania
· Part of a $328 million package to support domestic violence prevention measures
· $200 million for a new Hawkesbury River Crossing at Windsor
For media information contact
Sarah Campbell — Communications Manager
Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue firstname.lastname@example.org