The Northern Beaches has again scored big from the NSW Budget with more than $400m committed to projects in the area.
In Dominic Perrottet’s first budget (2022-2023) since taking over from former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, significant funding will be delivered directly to local projects, as well as other projects that will benefit the Northern Beaches.
“The people of NSW have stood tall through enormous challenges over the past few years, and this budget backs in their efforts, with more steadfast support, stronger services, and strategic reform to set our State up for a brighter future.
“For more than a decade we have delivered on our vision, reinforcing the State’s economic foundations, rebuilding the infrastructure, and establishing services strong enough to withstand unprecedented pressures.
“With this budget, the NSW Government sets out a transformational roadmap for the decade ahead, delivering not just for our people today, but for generations to come,” said NSW Premier Perrottet.
The Pittwater electorate of NSW Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes is a big winner, with an additional $340m commitment for the completion of the Mona Vale Road project, bringing the total funding for the Mona Vale Road upgrade to almost $600m.
“This is a record investment in Pittwater and enables our community’s largest infrastructure projects to be completed. We’ve had great momentum over recent years and it’s exciting to build upon the major works already underway throughout our community.
“The Mona Vale Road Upgrade is the largest ever infrastructure investment in our community and this budget confirms the project will be completed in its entirety. By supporting key infrastructure projects and local services we can grow our economy, create jobs and help boost our local businesses.
“This is a great budget for Pittwater and ensures the major funding that’s been flowing towards our community will continue,” said Minister Stokes.
The Wakehurst electorate of NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard also sees a couple of big ticket investments, with $16m to relocate The Forest High School and $40m delivered to unlock the commitment of former Liberal MP for Mackellar Jason Falinski for a $150m Wakehurst Parkway upgrade to be co-funded with the Commonwealth.
“The Department of Education has announced its proposal to build a new Forest High School on land previously occupied by Cerebral Palsy Alliance, on the corner of Allambie Road and Aquatic Drive, Allambie Heights.
“I recently met with local residents and representatives from School Infrastructure NSW. I have stressed to School Infrastructure NSW the need to get the new school built as soon as possible must be balanced with the issues raised by local residents,” said Minister Hazzard.
The Manly electorate of NSW Minister for Environment and Heritage James Griffin has not missed out, with millions committed to the completion of the Adolescent and Young Adult Hospice on the former Manly Hospital site, an upgrade for Manly Village Public School and the conversion of the old aquarium site into public space.
“From upgrading of local schools, to improving access to child care and creating more open space, this budget is full of great news for people in Manly and indeed the entire Northern Beaches. I am particularly proud of the strong investment in preventing domestic violence and supporting vulnerable women.
“It would also be remiss of me not to acknowledge the massive $2.3b investment in our environment. Locally that means a record investment in clean oceans, and upgrades to local National Parks. As Environment Minister this is a budget that puts the environment front and centre,” said Minister Griffin.
Budget allocations for each electorate:
- $340m over the next four years to upgrade Mona Vale Road West. Work on the $250m Mona Vale Road East project is expected to be completed within the next 12 months.
- $11m to continue upgrading Mona Vale Public School (total project cost $52.8m)
- $15.5m to commence the upgrade of the Narrabeen Education Campus
- $2.4m for the construction of a dedicated pedestrian/cycling link between Newport Beach and Bilgola Beach
- $1.09m for ongoing campus configuration improvements at Mona Vale Hospital
- $40m for safety and capacity improvements on Wakehurst Parkway (total project cost $150m over the next three years)
- $16m to relocate The Forest High School at Frenchs Forest
- $5.8m upgrade to Manly Village Public School
- $5.4m to complete the Adolescent and Young Adult Hospice
- $4.3m to demolish the old aquarium and build a new public open space area
- $234k for various upgrades to Manly Vale Public School
- $55.4k for various upgrades and improvements to North Head Sewage Treatment Plant to remove odour and improve capacity
Additional funding for projects that will impact the Northern Beaches:
- $4.1b for the Western Harbour Tunnel to deliver the first stage of tunnelling works for a new crossing of Sydney Harbour which will ease congestion on the Harbour Bridge and Harbour Tunnel
- $1.7b for the Warringah Freeway Upgrades to surface roads, bridges and interchanges along 4km of the freeway corridor. This will ease congestion when turning on and off Military Road.
- $113m to transition the NSW bus fleet, including the Northern Beaches, to zero emissions buses
- $88m to implement the ‘Intelligent Congestion Management Program, Stage 2’ to utilise real-time data to improve traffic lights and major intersections along Military Road
- $1.9m for further improvements and finalisation of the Northern Beaches B-Line
- $411k to finalise the Northern Beaches Rapid Transit Program (Bus Priority Infrastructure)
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