Lo­cal Politi­cians Say

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - IN THIS ISSUE -

The five kilo­me­tre $135 mil­lion up­grade of Rich­mond Road in Syd­ney’s north-west has been opened to traf­fic four years ahead of time and on bud­get. Rich­mond Road has been widened from two lanes to a four-lane di­vided road with a cen­tral me­dian and pro­vi­sion for six lanes if re­quired in the fu­ture. NSW Premier Mike Baird re­cently vis­ited the area to of­fi­cially open the fi­nal stage of the up­grade which has dou­bled ca­pac­ity and im­proved safety on the key ar­te­rial road. We wanted to de­liver this road as quickly as pos­si­ble for the lo­cal com­mu­nity, which is why it was one of the first projects to be fast-tracked un­der our Hous­ing Ac­cel­er­a­tion Fund. Rich­mond Road was a vi­tal con­nec­tor be­tween new em­ploy­ment and hous­ing lands at Mars­den Park with the M7. Rich­mond Road used to be a sin­gle lane in each di­rec­tion so this up­grade was ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial to sup­port Syd­ney’s new­est sub­urbs where more than 70,000 new homes will be built in Schofields, River­stone and Mars­den Park. The $340 mil­lion

Schofields Road up­grade is also un­der con­struc­tion and due for com­ple­tion in mid-2018 – sup­port­ing the devel­op­ment of about 10,000 lo­cal jobs. In the lat­est sign of the strength of the NSW econ­omy, an­nual spend­ing on con­struc­tion has passed $50 bil­lion for the first time. The ABS data showed con­struc­tion spend­ing, which in­cludes res­i­den­tial, non-res­i­den­tial and en­gi­neer­ing work in NSW had risen by 12 per cent over the year. The NSW econ­omy is pow­er­ing ahead and much of this strength is due to the State Gov­ern­ment’s un­prece­dented spend­ing on in­fras­truc­ture, to­talling more than $73 bil­lion over the next four years.

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