Delivering Local Priorities In Macarthur

Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

The Albanese Labor Government continues to deliver high-priority local transport and community infrastructure projects across the Macarthur electorate - with millions in funding increases kickstarting a pipeline of new work.

Federal Minister for Local Government, Kristy McBain MP, was in town on Tuesday alongside Federal Member for Macarthur, Dr Mike Freelander MP, to highlight the significant impact this funding boost will have, and to discuss key priorities for South-Western Sydney at a local government roundtable.

To improve road safety across Macarthur, Camden Council will receive more than $7.6 million under the Roads to Recovery (RTR) program over the next five years - a $3.3 million boost thanks to the Albanese Labor Government, and Campbelltown City Council will receive over $9.7 million - a $4.2 million increase.

Projects funded to date under RTR include heavy patching and asphalt repairs to Glen Alpine Drive between Menangle Road and Mount Huon Circuit ($111,747), road surface and kerb upgrades to Anderson Road from Camden Valley Way to Dunn Road Roundabout ($309,000), and improvements to Welling Drive between Persoonia Close and Waterworth Drive ($398,161) - all fully funded by the Australian Government.

Under Phase 4 of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program, more than $1.3 million in funding is flowing to Camden Council, with over $1.7 million committed to Campbelltown City Council.

Projects being delivered through LRCI Phase 4 include upgrades to the Jack Nash Reserve Tennis and Basketball Courts ($200,000 in federal funding), timber floor replacement at Macquarie Fields Indoor Sports Centre ($412,000 - fully funded by the Albanese Government), full renewal of the Boyd Reserve Footbridge at Currans Hill ($100,000), and improvements to Kirkham Lane ($420,000).

On top of this, through the Local Roads Package, Campbelltown City Council has received over $26 million, with over $21 million flowing to Camden City Council, to support targeted road improvements across South-Western Sydney.

This includes $6.6 million to upgrade the Camden Valley Way and Hilder Street intersection with a two-land roundabout - a road network under growing demand.

The Government has committed $25 million towards the Campbelltown Commuter Car Park Upgrade project, delivering 508 additional car spaces for local commuters - with construction set for completion by early 2025.

The Government is also boosting these councils' capacity to maintain and upgrade local infrastructure across Macarthur through untied Financial Assistance (FA) Grant funding - with Campbelltown City Council receiving over $11.8 million in this financial year, and $5.5 million flowing to Camden Council.

Nationally, the Albanese Government is delivering significant funding increases to support local councils progress priority projects.

The Roads to Recovery program is progressively increasing from $500 million to $1 billion per year, the Road Black Spot Program is increasing to $150 million per year, and a new $200 million Safer Local Roads and Infrastructure Program will soon roll out.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government, Kristy McBain MP:

"South-Western Sydney is one of the fastest-growing parts of the country, which is why the Albanese Labor Government is investing millions of dollars to ensure that local roads, and the community facilities that bring people together, keep pace.

"We know that local roads across Macarthur are under more demand than ever - which is why we've significantly increased Roads to Recovery funding, to improve road safety and support local job opportunities."

Quote attributable to Federal Member for Macarthur, Dr Mike Freelander MP:

"As our community continues to grow, the Albanese Government is stepping up and delivering significant funding increases across South-Western Sydney - ensuring local priority projects that boost liveability get off the ground.

"Whether it's safer local roads or better recreation facilities - we're building on our positive achievements in Macarthur to date, through strong collaborations with the community and all levels of government."

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