|I am proud to have been chosen as Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and the Aerotropolis.
One of the key objectives of the Berejiklian Government is its record infrastructure investment right across the state and supporting jobs through targeted stimulus measures.
Combined with the record commitment to infrastructure, other policy measures are targeted at supporting 270,000 people back to work by June 2024 and bringing the unemployment rate down to 5¼ per cent.
The NSW Government has committed to a guaranteed $107 billion infrastructure pipeline over four years to drive employment growth and help create 88,000 direct jobs, which will also indirectly support other jobs in the construction supply chain and the broader economy.
This includes a $3 billion accelerator fund, which is helping to fast-track projects, including smaller, shovel-ready projects touching every corner of the State – injecting up to an extra 20,000 jobs back into the NSW workforce.
As a Western Sydney boy, I am pleased to see a significant amount of this infrastructure investment in Western Sydney.
One of the biggest projects being undertaken in Western Sydney is the development of the Western Parkland City.
The Western Sydney Airport is the catalyst for much of Western Sydney’s future urbanisation. The Aerotropolis will be the beating heart of the Western Parkland City, connecting to Greater Parramatta and the Harbour CBD to realise the vision for Greater Sydney as a metropolis of three cities.
The NSW and Commonwealth Governments are jointly investing over $24 billion to support growth of this new economic powerhouse for Greater Sydney.
The Aerotropolis will create an innovation precinct and a home for technology, science and creative industries, ensuring the Western Parkland City has:
- World class jobs that will sustain prosperity within the region, creating more than 100,000 new job opportunities across the Aerotropolis Core, Badgerys Creek, Northern Gateway and Agribusiness Precincts by 2056 - the biggest jobs boom in NSW’s history;
- Excellent access and connectivity, provided through public infrastructure;
- Excellent liveability, where a 'beyond business as usual' approach will focus on creating a cooler and greener city.
The Aerotropolis will make the most of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, a NSW and Federal Government investment program to upgrade rail and roads including:
- Bringelly Road upgrade
- Elizabeth Drive
- M12 Motorway linking the M7 Motorway to the Western Sydney International (Nancy Bird Walton) Airport
- The Northern Road upgrade
- Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport
- By combining jobs, connectivity and liveability, the Aerotropolis ensures the Western Parkland City can be resilient and adaptable into the future.
The role of Parliamentary Secretary is exciting and I look forward to working closely with Minister Ayres and Minister Rob Stokes as we deliver the greatest infrastructure and long term jobs growth in our state's history.