State Election 2015: How your life will change
- The Sunday Telegraph
- March 29, 2015
SYDNEY and much of NSW is set to become a construction site not seen since the Sydney Olympics with a returned Baird government pledging billions of dollars worth of infrastructure projects.
In the case of roads, more than 4600 projects will be started or finished across the state over the next four years in a move the Coalition claims is playing catch-up after 16 years of Labor neglect.
However many key projects will not be completed for years.
Planning for the second Sydney Harbour rail crossing is set to begin immediately, but the anticipated completion date for the $10 billion connection to the North West Rail Link is nine years away.
Commuters travelling between Parramatta and Sydney, one of the city’s most congested route, have been promised relief with the addition of two new daily western line express services.
However, the need for signalling, track and power supply works to enable the morning train services will mean they are unlikely to come online before 2017-18.
Motorists have been promised up to 15km/h increases in average travel speeds following works to improve congestion on 32 transport corridors such as the notorious Parramatta Rd between Strathfield to Leichhardt.
Other congestion hot spots to be targeted include the Cumberland Highway, Hoxton Park Road, Devlin St, Taren Point Rd and Pennant Hills Rd, with works to begin immediately.
City commuters on the Inner West Light Rail extension will have extra room with six new light rail vehicles to go online by the end of June.
Work on the government’s second big-ticket item, WestConnex, is set to be ramped up, with the Baird government promising to fix the problems on the M4 and M5 by joining them together in a “continuous free-flowing motorway” linking Sydney CBD, the airport and Port Botany.
The government claims the project will cut 40 minutes from a journey between Parramatta and Sydney Airport, by allowing motorists to bypass 52 sets of traffic lights.
The first and second stages, which include the M4 motorway widening under way and a new M5 tunnel, are set to be completed by 2019 with entire project linking the two tunnels to be finished by 2023.
More works will occur on a 12km light rail linking Circular Quay to Central via George St, the SCG and Allianz Stadium will also begin, with the first services scheduled for 2019.
HOW YOUR LIFE WILL CHANGE
49 per cent lease of poles and wires – this term
Appointment of Electricity Price Commissioner – this term
TRANSPORT AND ROADS:
$10 billion rail tunnel under Sydney Harbour – completion 2024
Two Parramatta to Sydney train services – first term 2015
Congestions works on 32 road corridors – work begins immediately
New light rail vehicles between Lilyfield and Dulwich Hill – end of June
West Connex – completed by 2023 (New M5 Tunnel and M4East by 2019).
CBD and South East Light Rail linking Circular Quay to Central via George Street – running by 2019
Four new state-of-the art Rivercat ferries with 80 extra weekly services – first ferries delivered by 2017
De-congestion works at southern Sydney intersections in Heathcote, Cronulla, Miranda Oatley, Rockdale and Holsworthy – starting 2015-2017
Ageing XPT fleet of 79 carriages to be replaced – 2018-19
Work on 155km section of Pacific Highway from Woolgoolga to Balline – completed by 2020
More public housing to be built at a cost of $1 billion – work starts this term
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) brought forward for western Sydney residents – July 2015
Introduce $90 gas rebate for 290,000 low-income households – 2015-19
Expand Life Support Rebate to quadriplegic customers – 2015-19
Extend senior concessions by another three years – immediate
Expand number of businesses offering seniors cards benefits –2015-19
Increase seniors places in Tech Savvy program – 2015-19
Implement NSW Public Service specialist scheme to employ young veterans – 2015-19
Establish Aboriginal Centre for Excellence in western Sydney – 2015-19
Partner with private sector to help find jobs for the indigenous community – 2015-19
96 Aboriginal dental assistants to be trained – 2015- 19
Inject $73.2 million into securing more events for NSW – 2015-19
Halve registration fees for families adopting pets from animal shelters –2015-19
Create a one-step online pet registration register – 2015-19
Residential property sales data made publicly available for free – October 2015
New powers to force agents to forfeit fees and commissions for false selling prices – 2015
Real estate advertisements to include actual dollar price or range – 2015
Establish complaints and “tip off” hotline for dodgy agents – 2015
Sydney Opera House to be overhauled, including modernising the Concert Hall – 2015-19
New arts facilities and performance venues at Walsh Bay Precinct – 2015-19
Relocate Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta – 2015-19
Establish residential arts company at Riverside Theatre, Parramatta – 2015-19
Construct four remote area firefighting training centres, including one in western Sydney – work begins 2015
Pilot use of Large Air Tankers – work begins 2015
Ramp up hazard reduction – work begins 2015
Drought-stricken farmers given access to $250 million in concessional loans – immediately
Counselling and rural support programs given $5 million – immediately
New weather stations to improve climate and seasonal data – immediately
Commit $25 million to eliminate mobile black spots – within next year
$1.2 million to be spent on 60 rural-based medical trainees – 2015-19
$6 million for specialist training positions focused on rural areas – 2015-19
$8 million for rural generalists training program to upskill doctors – 2015-19
More than 60 rural hospital capital works projects – 2015-19
Establish Institute of Open Adoption to guide government policy – 2015
Fast-track the adoption of foster children – 2015
Work with Commonwealth to increase inter-country adoption – immediately
Introduce a “cash-a-can” container deposit scheme – operational by 2017
Implement $100,000 sonar shark detection trial – 2015-19
Set up Rapid Response Squads on “sharky” beaches – 2015-19
Fixed wing and aerial shark patrols given $200,000 each year to continue services – ongoing
Introduce tighter regulation of coal seam gas industry – end of 2015
Trial a $15 discount national parks pass at motor registries – 2015-19
Protect and implement recovery plans for all 970 species classified as “threatened” – next five years
Every school to have flashing lights – end of 2015
Extra drop-off zones, raised zebra crossings, pedestrian refuges – 2015-19
Retrain 320 teachers as specialists in maths and science – 2015-19
Upgrade science labs in 50 schools – 2015-19
LAW AND ORDER:
Standard Non-Parole Period for firearm offences raised – legislation introduced end of 2015
Maximum penalty for sexual intercourse with child increased from 10 years to life – end of 2015
Additional 13 child sexual assault offences added to Standard Non-Parole Period – end of 2015
Roadside drug tests tripled – by 2016
Threshold to charge ice dealers lowered from one kilogram to 500 grams – 2015-19
Mandate a statewide online recording system of all sales in NSW pharmacies – 2015-19
Three new stimulant treatment clinics to be set up in the Illawarra, Mid North Coast and western Sydney regions – 2015-19
Criminals who buy flashy cars, jetskis and homes with the proceeds of crime to have assets removed –2015-19
Introduce new public safety orders to prevent “would-be violent troublemakers” from attending places where they may commit a crime – 2015-19
Money-laundering offences involving more than $100,000 to attract five-year jail term – 2015-19
Initiate major review of police with focus on complaints system – completed end of August, 2015
Deliver 310 new police officers – end of 2018
Victims of crime prior 2013 given access to compensation and counselling – 2015-19
Introduce UK-style Serious Crime Prevention Orders to restrict business activities of criminals – 2015-19
Appoint Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault – 2015
Pilot “Clare’s Law” domestic violence disclosure legislation – 2015-19
Train 24 new domestic violence specialist police officers – 2015-19
NSW drivers to receive digital licences – 2015-19
Digital photo identification cards for boat and fishing licences also to replace plastic – 2015-19
Amend laws to allow all shops to trade on Boxing Day – 2015
Create 150,000 new jobs over next four years – by 2019
Extend $5000 payroll tax rebates initiative – until June, 2019
Implement $2,000 rewards scheme for small businesses hiring new employees – 2015-19
Introduce $1,000 student scholarships training for technology and growth jobs – 2015-19
Build and upgrade more than 60 hospitals – work starts over next four years
Reserve $300m for new health facility at Rouse Hill – immediate
Complete upgrade of neonatal intensive care unit at John Hunter Hospital – 2015-19
Allocate $25 million for a new hospital at Maitland – 2015-19
Another 700 doctors and 2100 nurses to be hired – 2015-19
Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick to be upgraded – work starts 2015
Paediatric hospital to be built in Campbelltown – planning starts 2015
Extra 13500 elective surgeries to be performed – 2015-19
Funding for extra 320,000 emergency department presentations – 2015-19
Co-payments for highly- specialised drugs scrapped – 2015-16
Redevelopment Westmead Hospital – main works start 2015-16
New hospital for northern beaches – works underway