Member for Riverstone, Kevin Conolly said $48.8 million of NSW Government funding, delivered through the second round of the Accelerated Infrastructure Fund (AIF), will assist Blacktown Council’s works program for drainage, pathways, landscaping and environmental improvements in Riverstone, Schofields, Marsden Park and Rouse Hill.
The projects and NSW Government grants include:
- Edmund Street Basin, Riverstone $16.63 million
- Marsden Park Regional Basin $14.24 million
- Regent Street basin, Riverstone $11.1 million
- Rouse Road drainage, Rouse Hill $4.89 million
- Advance Street drainage, Schofields $ 1.97 million.
“Western Sydney is experiencing record growth and it’s important that all levels of Government work together to unlock the land needed for new homes and ensure there is the right infrastructure in place to support that growth long term,” Mr Conolly said.
These five projects are scheduled to start between June 2022 and October 2023.
Riverstone electorate’s share is part of more than $139 million dollars’ worth of infrastructure funding to support the delivery of thousands of new homes and jobs across booming Western Sydney.
A total of twenty-four council-led projects have been selected for AIF funding to speed up the delivery of important local infrastructure plans, including upgrades to roads and drainage systems, expanding public spaces, creating new sports facilities, and more.
The proposals selected – worth more than half a billion dollars collectively – are being delivered by seven councils, following the expansion of the AIF, which now includes Blacktown City Council as well as the other high-growth councils of The Hills, Hawkesbury, Penrith, Liverpool, Wollondilly, Camden, and Campbelltown.
Combined, the projects will create up to 2,200 construction jobs, as well as unlocking 570 hectares of employment land dedicated to creating more jobs closer to home.
Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said it was wonderful to see so many important projects green lit to meet the growing demand for new homes in the west.
“We know people want to live in areas like Riverstone, Schofields, Marsden Park and Rouse Hill and that’s why we’re focused on getting homes built, with the right infrastructure in place from the get-go. In supporting councils to deliver these projects, we’re also giving industry greater certainty for investment into Western Sydney. It’s a win-win,” Mr Roberts said.
Mr Roberts said construction was well underway on the 14 projects from the first round of the AIF, with some projects nearing completion including the upgrade of Railway Terrace in Schofields.
For further details and the complete list of projects visit the AIF webpage https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Plans-for-your-area/Infrastructure-funding/Accelerated-Infrastructure-Fund