Launching a $2.4 billion overhaul of Sydney’s harbour infrastructure, the government has identified a number of key areas of the city’s infrastructure where it wants to invest in the coming decades.
The state government’s Infrastructure Transformation Strategy is one of the first major federal government projects to focus on these areas, with more than 40 per cent of the $1.3 billion investment announced on a major overhaul of the Harbour Bridge.
Key points: Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance has identified 40 per-cent of Sydney Harbour Bridge reconstruction to be funded by the government, but he says more investment is needed to fix its ageing infrastructure.
The $2 billion overhaul is expected to take 10 years to complete and involves the removal of several bridges, as well as major engineering work on the harbour.
Key areas identified to be prioritised include: replacing the Harbour Walk, replacing the seawall, upgrading the harbour, removing some traffic barriers and repairing the waterway.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has praised the project and said it is a crucial step to improving Sydney’s public transport network.
“It’s a bold project that has the potential to transform Sydney into a world-class city, but it also has the opportunity to transform our city’s harbour into a vibrant harbour and improve public transport,” Ms Berejikhlian said.
“A truly spectacular project like this can only be built on the foundation of a truly great infrastructure plan.”
We need a great public transport system that has great access to Sydney and we need it to be reliable and safe.
“A decade ago, the Harbour Link was the only major road in Sydney that was not closed off to pedestrians and cyclists, and the road is now considered one of its best.
Ms Berejanis statement came after a meeting between Transport Minister Andrew Morrison and Mayor Clover Moore in which they outlined the vision for the project. “
It’s the first of its kind, and it’s a very bold, ambitious project,” Ms Constance said.
Ms Berejanis statement came after a meeting between Transport Minister Andrew Morrison and Mayor Clover Moore in which they outlined the vision for the project.
Ms Moore said the announcement was welcomed by the community.
“The plan has been carefully considered by the planning department and we look forward to receiving a much-needed update of the project,” she said.
Ms Moore said her “very optimistic” view is that the harbour bridge will open in 2028 and the harbour will reopen in 2033.
“I hope that in the 2040s, the harbour opens again and we’re still able to enjoy it, so it’s good news,” she added.
The Victorian Government is expected in the next few months to announce a further $1 billion in infrastructure investment in Sydney.
The government will also spend $400 million to improve Sydney’s waterways, and more than $500 million to upgrade the Sydney Harbour Port.
“The Government will commit $2,500 million towards the Harbour River to bring Sydney’s riverfront back to the best of its ability, while at the same time supporting the revitalisation of the harbour as a city-centred destination,” the State Government said.