NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian last week released the NSW State Infrastructure Strategy 2018-2038, the Future Transport Strategy 2056 and the Greater Sydney Region Plan, which were developed together to deliver long-term outcomes for the state.
"This landmark vision integrates social infrastructure, transport and planning, so we can make the most of this Government's unprecedented investment in communities across our State," Ms Berejiklian said.
"Over the last seven years, our strong economic management has meant we've been able to deliver a massive pipeline of infrastructure investment worth $111 billion, with over $80 billion in the next four years alone.
"NSW by far boasts more major infrastructure projects underway than any other State. When we came to government social infrastructure in schools and hospitals were not part of the planning process. We have changed that."
The new plans build on the State Infrastructure Strategy and Long Term Transport Masterplan released in 2012. Since then, the NSW Government has launched construction of the Sydney Metro, WestConnex, Sydney and Newcastle Light Rail, and regional road upgrades including on the Hume, Pacific, Princes, Great Western and Newell highways.
According to the government, of the more than 700 projects linked to the 2012 Plan, over 430 are complete, 200 are under construction and the rest are in the planning stage.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance said integrated transport investment will make Sydney a great place to live, with 70 per cent of people to live within 30 minutes of jobs, study and entertainment by 2056, while also ensuring greater connectivity between regions.
"Western Sydney remains a major priority for infrastructure, with the Western Parkland City set to benefit from new road and rail investment that connects residents with smart, skilled jobs at the Aerotropolis," Mr Constance said.
Minister for Housing and Planning Anthony Roberts said it was exciting to be a part of the formation of Greater Sydney's transformation to three distinct, but connected, cities.
"The Region Plan promotes Greater Sydney's health and education precincts as generators of innovation, research and future jobs, while the city's 'green infrastructure' is valued, protected and enhanced like never before," Mr Roberts said.
The State Infrastructure Strategy is informed by Building Momentum, Infrastructure NSW's expert reports on the State's infrastructure needs. The NSW Government has accepted 101 recommendations from the State Infrastructure Strategy, supporting 12 in principle and noting 9 recommendations.
More information about the State Infrastructure Strategy is available from <https://www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/projects-and-initiatives/nsw-state-infrastructure-strategy/>.
More information about Future Transport 2056 is available from <https://future.transport.nsw.gov.au/>.
More information about the Greater Sydney Region Plan is available from <https://www.greater.sydney/>.