The Coffs Coast is sharing in more than $250 million worth of infrastructure funding to support the delivery of thousands of new homes across NSW.
Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said $5.85 million of the funding, delivered through the third round of the NSW Government’s Accelerated Infrastructure Fund (AIF), will assist the delivery of City of Coffs Harbour’s North Boambee Valley West road raising and bridge infrastructure project.
City of Coffs Harbour is contributing $1.95m to this project, which has a total cost of $7.8m.
“The project involves the construction of road raising and bridge infrastructure works to service the North Boambee Valley West Urban Release area and will support 866 houses,” Mr Singh said.
“Our area is growing and it’s important we unlock the land needed for new homes and ensure there is the right infrastructure in place to support that growth long term and get people into homes faster.”
City of Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Paul Amos said “Not only will this grant help the City future-proof North Boambee Road by raising it above the 100-year flood level, but it will provide a higher standard of road infrastructure for residents in North Boambee Valley.”
A total of 36 council and agency-led projects have been selected for AIF funding to speed up the delivery of important local infrastructure plans, including new cycleways and active transport options, upgrades to sewerage systems, road and bridge improvements, and more.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the new funding builds on a $215 million investment from the Government in the first two rounds of the program, with eligibility extended to regional councils for the first time.
“We know that getting infrastructure right is the key to unlocking land for housing in regional NSW, which is why we have allocated almost $120 million for regional councils in this round, including fast growing areas in the Central West and the Mid North Coast,” Mr Toole said.
“The areas eligible for this funding account for 94 per cent of NSW’s total population growth over the next 10 years, according to the latest population projections.
“Towns across regional NSW are booming, with more and more people moving away from the city. These projects will help set the foundations for future growth.”