REDUCING FLOOD RISK IN WESTERN SYDNEY
As someone who has suffered the tragedy of flooding first hand, I am incredibly proud that our government plans to raise the wall of Sydney’s Warragamba Dam and significantly reduce the flood risk in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley. 24 years ago during the last major flood in the Hawkesbury, my parents were confronted with a metre of water through their own home. It was a situation that had been repeated almost every decade for the previous 50 years and affected many families in the Hawkesbury Nepean region. To help keep Western Sydney safe from floods, the NSW Government will plan to raise the Warragamba Dam wall by 14 metres, which will offer significant extra protection for townships downstream, including Windsor, Richmond and parts of Penrith. Raising the dam wall by 14 metres will ensure the risk of serious flooding in this area is significantly minimized. The estimated cost of this project is $690 million and in this year’s Budget, $58 million will be allocated to the first phase. This area has been identified as having the greatest flood risk in NSW, and posing a serious danger to life and property in Western Sydney. This crucial investment is being made so we can reduce the risk to people, animals and property in the event of serious flooding. This investment underscores our commitment to making the right long term infrastructure decisions for NSW. The recommendation to the NSW Government to raise the dam wall was developed over four years, and required detailed, time consuming and cutting edge modelling of thousands of flooding, evacuation scenarios.
NSW BUDGET: $108 MILLION BUS BOOST
Double decker buses will serve some of Sydney’s busiest routes, and around 3,800 extra weekly services will be added as part of a $108 million investment in new buses in the 2016-17 NSW Budget.
The 80 seat double deckers can carry 65 per cent more capacity than normal size buses, and will be used on key corridors including the busy Rouse Hill-City service (route 607X), between Blacktown and Macquarie Park (route 611). Since coming to office in 2011, the NSW Government has delivered more than 15,800 extra weekly public transport services for customers where and when they’re needed most. As part of this year’s Budget commitment, there will be 12 new or extended routes including a new cross suburban link between the Inner West and Lower North Shore, all night services seven days a week including Rouse Hill on weekends. The Budget also includes funds to replace older buses with new accessible, air conditioned buses. Transport for NSW will now work with industry over the coming months to finalise an implementation plan for the entire package of work. This will include further detail on how many double decker buses will be used, the rollout plan, replacement bus schedule, exact number of new trips, routes and when they will be implemented.
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