Budget 2016-2017 Riverstone - INFRASTRUCTURE JUGGERNAUT CONTINUES TO ROLL THROUGH RIVERSTONE
Written on the 21 June 2016 by Kevin ConollyThe NSW state budget delivered today has confirmed the pace of infrastructure rollout occurring in the Riverstone electorate and surrounding areas, and added new projects to the already lengthy list.
"A massive $1.3 billion has been allocated for this year alone to keep up the pace on building the Metro North West, with the first train due to run in the first half of 2019" said Member for Riverstone, Mr Kevin Conolly MP.Drivers on Richmond Road will be delighted to know that the $5.5 million allocation to the ongoing upgrade of that arterial road will see the project completed during the coming financial year, easing congestion and reducing travel times.
The huge Schofields Road project will also move closer to completion, with the underpass below the Richmond rail line due to be completed in the 2016-17 budget year. $51 million is allocated to the project this year.The installation of traffic lights at Westminster Street Bridge, Schofields, will be completed with an allocation of $5 million.
Major new projects will be commenced in upgrading Hambledon Road and widening Alex Avenue at Schofields. $22 million has been allocated for the Housing Acceleration Fund to support these projects which will serve the housing development occurring in the area.A further $20 million has been allocated to enable expansion of capacity at Parklea Correctional Centre.
Sydney Water expenditure will include $56 million allocated for the servicing of new development, wastewater lead-ins and the expansion of Riverstone Wastewater Treatment Plant."Local residents will continue to see Blacktown / Mount Druitt Hospital upgraded with $58 million allocated in 2016-17 as the beginning of the Stage 2 redevelopment" Mr Conolly said.
The new Clinical Services building and hospital car park, constructed during Stage 1, have already opened. The hospital upgrade is being funded entirely by the NSW state government.The greater Western Sydney region will benefit from the commitment of the NSW government to raise the wall of Warragamba Dam to reduce the risk posed by flooding to life and property in the region. An initial allocation of $58 million has been made in this financial year, with the total project likely to cost $690 million.
Author: Kevin Conolly
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