Hundreds of construction workers in Sydney’s north west are building new and improved parks, sporting fields, roads and cycleways thanks to the NSW Government’s Accelerated Infrastructure Fund (AIF).
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said construction was already underway on all 14 projects in The Hills and Blacktown that received a share of $145 million in funding from the Government and local councils.
“At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we acted swiftly to invest in projects that kept people in jobs and the economy moving,” Mr Stokes said.
“This time last year we started working closely with two of Sydney’s fastest growing councils to invest in funding to create construction jobs, boost investment, deliver critical community infrastructure and support the delivery of new homes.
“The Hills Shire and Blacktown City Councils stepped up to match our $75.9 million in funding which will support the development of approximately 40,000 homes, 115 hectares of employment land and 1,000 construction jobs.”
Projects underway include road upgrades in Marsden Park, a new regional sports park in Schofields and a new multipurpose sporting and recreational facility in Kellyville.
Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly welcomed the construction work underway in his community. “We’ll see new parks, roads and vital infrastructure as part of this accelerated program which will also support hundreds of new jobs today and into the future,” Mr Conolly said.
Member for Castle Hill Ray Williams said the funding would assist with the right infrastructure for growing communities. “This funding will help with improving roads and signalling which will make things easier for locals,” Mr Williams said.