Roads funding 'isn't enough'

BLACKTOWN mayor Len Robinson (pictured) doesn't believe $200 million is nearly enough money to improve local roads in western Sydney.

"Two hundred million dollars doesn't go a long way," Cr Robinson said.

The federal government has released to eligible councils including Liverpool, Camden, Wollondilly, Campbelltown, Penrith, Fairfield and Blacktown the implementation plan for its $200 million Local Roads Package for western Sydney.

The federal and NSW governments will seek submissions from the councils for projects to improve the productivity and safety of western Sydney roads.

The project aims to create local jobs and stimulate economic growth in communities surrounding the second airport at Badgerys Creek.

The funds will be offered in three rounds between 2014 and 2024.

Assistant minister for infrastructure and regional development Jamie Briggs said the package was focused on western Sydney receiving the infrastructure it needed before the Badgerys Creek airport was built.

"This package is an important part of our joint $3.5 billion western Sydney infrastructure plan that will unlock the region's economic capacity by boosting productivity, slashing travel times and creating thousands of local jobs," Mr Briggs said.

State Roads Minister Duncan Gay encouraged councils to apply with "good stories".

"If you have a great story for your local community and it adds up, you will receive funding out of this money," Mr Gay said.

Cr Robinson said: "We have two projects that we are working hard on: Old Wallgrove Road — which is located in the industrial area — we are working on that so that we can improve the flow of traffic. Another road is Archbold Road, which is also located in that industrial area."

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