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M6 Motorway

Hansard ID: HANSARD-1323879322-122853

Hansard session: Fifty-Seventh Parliament, First Session (57-1)


M6 Motorway

Mr MARK COURE (OatleyMinister for Multiculturalism, and Minister for Seniors) (12:41:52):

— I move:

That this House:

(1)Notes the Government is delivering the M6 Motorway Stage 1 Project to provide lower commute times for local residents and remove more than 2,000 trucks a day from surface roads.

(2)Acknowledges this project has already provided new outdoor playing fields as well as a new war memorial for the Georges River and Bayside communities.

(3)Recognises the Government is committed to improving roads and transport infrastructure across the State.

I thank the member for Heffron for his support. This motion acknowledges the New South Wales Government's commitment to improving the lives of people living in the St George and Sutherland shire area. This commitment to the people of the St George and Sutherland shire region cannot be better demonstrated than by the M6 Motorway project. Last November, I had the honour of officially turning the first sod of the M6 Stage 1. How exciting! I was joined by the Premier, the former transport Minister, my parliamentary colleagues the members for Heathcote, Holsworthy and Miranda—the member for Cronulla was not there, but he would have liked to have been, of course—and my parliamentary colleague in the other place, the Hon. Peter Poulos.

The investment in M6 Stage 1 alone totals $2.7 billion. It will see a four‑kilometre twin tunnel construction link President Avenue at Kogarah with the now completed M8 Motorway at Arncliffe, bypassing 23 sets of traffic lights. This is an enormous project. Over 10,000 cars will be removed from General Holmes Drive and other local roads. This will ease pressure on many local roads in the St George area which have been struggling under heavy traffic volumes. It will remove more than 2,000 trucks a day from our roads. The M6 will slash the travel time from the St George and Sutherland shire region to the city, allowing thousands of commuters to quickly and safely travel to and from work each day. This is a massive win for working families. Not only will this benefit the commuters of south‑east Sydney but also benefit the workers of our local community.

Around 5,500 local jobs will be created as a result of the M6 Motorway, with thousands of tradies, builders and architects given the opportunity to work on this exciting and challenging new project. M6 Stage 1 and the jobs it will create is a big part of the Government's economic recovery plan. By investing in crucial road infrastructure, the Government is providing jobs and economic growth for those in the Georges River and Bayside local government areas. The M6 is one of the many congestion‑busting infrastructure projects that this Government has invested in. The M6 complements other significant infrastructure projects, such as WestConnex and the M8 tunnel, which form part of the Government's plan to increase the connectivity of our motor network. This is a major statewide investment in our local road infrastructure.

We are continuing to fund worthwhile upgrades to local community projects. As part of the M6 Stage 1, Brighton Memorial Playing Fields will receive a brand new, full‑size, FIFA‑grade synthetic football field, a small natural turf playing field, a family friendly playground, a new car park, substantial landscaping work and a new war memorial, which features a remembrance wall in recognition of the contribution of Australian service men and women to Australian defence forces. Transport for NSW is also transforming McCarthy Reserve and the Ador Park Precinct in Rockdale with new playing fields, large all‑ability playgrounds and skate parks—we all love skate parks. All of these projects were handed back to the local council last year.

While the Government has invested heavily in major road projects such as the M6 and WestConnex, it has not forgotten the importance of continuing to invest in local roads that I and millions of people are using each and every day. The member for Rockdale will find this exciting: The Government has made substantial upgrades to President Avenue at the intersection of the Princes Highway to support the smooth flow of traffic in and out of the M6 tunnel. The enormous pipeline of road upgrades in south‑east Sydney also includes the widening of King Georges Road—which has been talked about for over 50 years—which will see three lanes run in each direction. Other upgrades to our crucial feeder road for the M6 are taking place along the Princes Highway at Blakehurst and Kirrawee, helping to ensure that commuters can easily access the main motorway network which will crisscross Sydney. This is really exciting.

The New South Wales Government's commitment to improving roads and transport infrastructure is unmatched anywhere else in the country. We are standing on the edge of an infrastructure bonanza across New South Wales. We are boldly going where no government has gone before when it comes to infrastructure. The Government has announced $71.5 billion worth of funding to deliver road and rail upgrades across the State. Over the past four years, the Government's massive infrastructure investment has included more trains, more services programs, the previously mentioned M6, the Great Western Highway upgrade, the Newell Highway upgrade, upgrades to the Princes Highway, and the Sydney Metro. I encourage everyone to use the Sydney Metro; it is fantastic.

From the city to the bush, this Government is committed to getting people where they want to go more quickly and more safely, by creating a well-funded, well‑maintained road network that works for everyone. The Government's record investments in the road and transport network reflect this. I strongly believe that only a Coalition Government can deliver these kinds of projects in New South Wales. The hardworking people of New South Wales expect and deserve a government that invests in the right kind of congestion‑busting, job‑creating infrastructure projects. I commend the motion to the House.

The ASSISTANT SPEAKER:

The question is that the motion be agreed to.

Motion agreed to.