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New South Wales Treasurer
for dinner. New classrooms help our children to reach their
full potential. New social housing gives struggling families the
security of a home. New motorways clear traffic from local roads
and help small businesses to get products to market faster.
While we are all from different backgrounds, this is the real
business we are in together – building a better New South
Wales for our citizens and the communities in which they live.
As Treasurer, I always like to remind myself that with each
spreadsheet entry and funding allocation, we are writing the
future story of our state. Each time we sign a contract, cut a
ribbon or lay track, we are adding new chapters to this story.
The cranes in the sky, the tunnelling machines underground
and the jackhammers on our streets are the tools we are using
to write its pages.
I consider the people in this room today to be among this
story’s most important authors and characters, so I want to
acknowledge and thank you for the contribution you and your
organisations are making to building the future New South
Wales; but this story is not yet complete. There are challenges
that lie ahead.
I want to outline for you what the next chapter might look
like, and why I believe our infrastructure agenda is vital to
Along George Street, the CBD and South East Light Rail
project is in full swing. It’s just one of the many parts of our city
and state under construction as we build the metros, museums
and motorways of tomorrow.
Our Government understands the inconvenience this
causes our citizens as they try to go about their everyday lives.
When the construction dust settles, New South Wales in
2025 and beyond will be a very different place. Fast forward
to the future and imagine for a moment you live in Newcastle.
Light rail runs every 7.5 minutes during peak hour, taking you
along a revitalised urban business precinct. From there, you
can drive south along the newly upgraded Pacific Highway.
Approaching Sydney, you dip into a sleek, modern nine-
kilometre tunnel – this is NorthConnex, connecting our north to
the CBD and the west.
Above you, Pennant Hills Road carries 5,000 fewer trucks
a day. It is quieter. It is safer. The air is better and local public
transport options are more reliable.
Driving nonstop at 80 kilometres per hour, you get onto
the M2 and link up with New South Wales’ second major city:
After visiting the new high-rise school campus, you can catch
the light rail to get to the world-class Westmead Health Precinct,
the new Western Sydney Stadium, the new Powerhouse
Museum or the Riverside Theatre.
From here, you can take the M4 and M7 to the new Western
Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek – one of the two world-class
airports in our state.
To get to Sydney Airport, you can drive from Parramatta
along the widened M4 and then underground, bypassing a
liberated Parramatta Road, cruising on the western edge of the
city using the M4–M5 link.
This is WestConnex – an essential addition to our city’s
circulatory system, removing congestion and increasing the flow
of freight, and supporting the economic heartbeat of Sydney.
From Penrith to the western edge of the CBD, you will be
able to travel without stopping at a single traffic light, cutting up
to 40 minutes from the average peak-hour journey today.
From the airport, you can drive north to the new world-class
Northern Beaches Hospital, using new motorways to get there
quickly and reliably while bypassing the CBD.
From the north-west, if you need to go to the CBD or out
west towards Bankstown, you can skip the road and go by rail.
Your trip on the new Sydney Metro takes you through major
centres like Castle Hill, Macquarie Park and Chatswood, under
Sydney Harbour into the CBD, and then south-west through
Sydenham and out to Bankstown.
You won’t even have to look at a timetable – trains will come
every four minutes during peak hour.
On weekends, you can spend time on our revitalised
harbour foreshore – a true jewel in the Pacific. You can stroll
through Barangaroo, experience a rejuvenated Circular
Quay with family and friends, take in a concert at the new
International Convention Centre, or go shopping in the
restored The Rocks precinct.
You could then visit the new Sydney Modern Art Gallery,
right on the edge of the Royal Botanic Gardens, or stop in for a
drink at the new rooftop bar at the State Library of New South
Wales and gaze upon world icons, such as the Opera House
and Harbour Bridge, lit up at night for the Vivid Sydney festival,
which attracts visitors from around the globe.
You’ll then be able to catch the light rail up George Street
and out to the eastern suburbs, stopping off at the Randwick
Sydney Metro Tunnel. Source: Transport for NSW
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