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Budget 2018: How did Outer Western Sydney fare?

The 2018 federal budget has set aside millions of dollars for the west to help make the most of Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek.

The Turnbull government has committed $50 million for a business case into the first stage of the North South rail link. This will include an investigation of integrated transport and delivery options for a full North South Rail Link from Schofields to Macarthur, with funding to be matched by the NSW Government.

The state and federal governments have made a joint commitment to connect the airport to rail by the time it opens in 2026. One of the major early criticisms of the airport was that it lacked a clear transport vision.

The total cost of the North South rail link is estimated to be as high as $7 billion.

The funding for the business case will build on the federal government’s significant investment in the west so far that includes up to $5.3 billion of equity to deliver the airport as well as $2.9 billion dedicated to better road linkages as part of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan.

More funding is expected in future budgets, with a statement in the budget speech revealing that the Western Sydney Airport rail line will be part of the federal government’s “$75 billion, 10-year rolling infrastructure plan”.

The Western Sydney Airport is set to be a game changer for the western Sydney region, helping support an estimated 28,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2031.

The federal government has recognised that the airport will act as a major catalyst for the development of the broader Western Sydney region.

Western Sydney Airport Visitor Centre

Western Sydney can also look forward to a visitor and information centre for the Western Sydney Airport, which will receive $5 million from the federal government.

It will include an exhibition space, presentation and consultation facilities, and a viewing area that will allow the public to check out construction of the airport.

Further details about the latest budget can be found at https://www.budget.gov.au/.

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