NSW State Budget

With the 2018-19 State Budget now handed down by NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett has highlighted that infrastructure, including roads and bridges which provide major transport and emergency access to and from the Hawkesbury, are key issues for the Hawkesbury community.

“Mr Perrottet’s budget announcement promises a commendable $25 million in funds towards a third river crossing between Richmond and North Richmond,” the Mayor said.

“As part of this funding, the State Government has allocated $7 million in the next financial year towards a business case for this proposed third river crossing.

“We always welcome State Government funding for local infrastructure, and Council looks forward to reviewing the State Government’s business case, and providing the relevant input and response to the State Government, while also taking into account the needs and views of our local community,” she said.

“It will be important to have the initial business case put forward so that all the issues involved can be considered up front.

“Of course, with many ongoing bridge projects, including Windsor Bridge, and Council’s position for a bypass to save the historic Thompson Square, as well as a proposed Grose River crossing, we are sure to be having many conversations with our State Government representatives about any additional crossing of the Hawkesbury River,” Councillor Lyons-Buckett added.

“Significant State Government funding towards the Western Sydney Growth Roads programs, and the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, are very positive.

“Hawkesbury City Council hopes that not only will there be road investment for Sydney’s second Airport-related infrastructure but also funding for the maintenance backlog for existing local roads, which are vital to support growing communities and economic development,” she said.

“We have a strong focus on consulting with our community, and I know that, as well as critical infrastructure, the issues of adequate public transport, protecting our heritage and the environment will continue to be key concerns for our community.

“Hawkesbury City Council also welcomes the collaborative nature of the State Government budget, by the fact that the NSW Government will be working with the Commonwealth to fund increased investment in Western Sydney roads,” the Mayor said.

“I think we have acknowledgement from both our State and Federal Government that strategically significant local road infrastructure must be adequately funded so that local roads, which are managed by your local council, can support new major roads, as well as provide critical accessibility through bridges.”

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