The second assessment of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan highlights a surge in jobs growth on the back of the Australian and New South Wales Governments’ $3.6 billion infrastructure investment in the region.
Federal Infrastructure Minister, Paul Fletcher, said significant progress on road projects had seen local businesses already capitalising on the upgrades designed to transform growing population centres and service the proposed Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek.
The so-called “report card” showed that in the past 12 months work had started on major road projects, including the 35-kilometre $1.6 billion upgrade of The Northern Road, which is currently generating more than $30 million worth of contracts for Western Sydney suppliers and contractors.
Minister Fletcher said the governments’ investment was revitalising roads in one of Australia’s fastest-growing regions ahead of the opening of the airport in the mid-2020s; a critical project delivering the jobs and growth the region needed while ensuring long-term aviation needs were met.
“The joint investment is stimulating work for local industry, as highlighted by a 240 per cent increase in the number of local businesses working on these projects compared with last financial year.
“With more than 150 local contractors and suppliers now benefiting from the delivery of key road projects, including Bringelly Road, Werrington Arterial Road and The Northern Road already in construction, this shows the immediate boost for local businesses.”
In addition, Minister Fletcher said, the number of full-time workers directly employed on these projects had increased by about a third, to more than 430 jobs.
“This number will continue to grow, further contributing to around 4,000 direct and indirect jobs during the 10-year program, which is on track to open ahead of the new airport in the mid-2020s; itself a catalyst for tens-of-thousands of quality jobs for the region.
“With the peak annual expenditure forecast in the 2018-19 financial year, even more opportunities lie ahead as more of the major stages of work move towards the delivery stage.”