The NSW Government today announced the payment of more than $90 million in funds to contribute to building local infrastructure for communities within the Blacktown and The Hills council areas. Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said the funding from the Local Infrastructure Growth Scheme, will help provide the infrastructure needed for growing communities.

“Today we are releasing more than $69 million to Blacktown City Council and more than $21 million to Hills Shire Council,” Mr Roberts said. “The funds will be used by the councils to provide new parks, stormwater management, new roads and road upgrades. “This is one of the many ways in which the NSW Government is working with local councils to provide funding for infrastructure which will be used to benefit local communities.”

The funding would help provide local residents with the infrastructure they need as the community grows. “The funding will continue to benefit the active local community with plans to upgrade sports complexes, cycleways and local parks,” Mr Roberts said.

The total amount of funding provided by the Department of Planning and Environment is $90,864,911, with $69,455,458 to Blacktown City Council and $21,409,453 to The Hills Shire Council. The funds will be used to deliver local infrastructure for the following areas within the Blacktown Local Council; Riverstone ($61,609,636), Schofield ($5,744,663) and Rouse Hill ($2,101,159); including:

·Jerralong Drive, connecting Schofields Railway Station to Alex Avenue
·Construction of basin near Railway Terrace and Jerralong Drive
·Upgrade of Rouse Road and construction of Rouse Road Bridge (between Worcester and Terry roads) over Second Ponds Creek (where there are flooding issues).

The Hills Local Council will be using the funds to deliver local infrastructure for; Kellyville ($10,189,139) and North Kellyville ($11,220,314); including:

·Construction and upgrade of Balmoral Road Sports Complex and Stringer Road Sport Complex
·Cycle ways around Kellyville and North Kellyville
·Two bridges over Smalls Creek, and
·Upgrades of Kellyville Park, and Samantha Riley Drive Reserve

The funding comes in addition to, $262 million already provided by the Government to the two councils since 2011, in order to subsidise the delivery of local infrastructure.