A Minns Labor Government will make life easier for growing communities across the state by increasing funding in the transport budget for active transport infrastructure with a $60 million investment. 


Increasing funding in the transport budget for walking & cycling infrastructure 


Labor will create a new fund to build more footpaths, cycle paths and other active transport infrastructure around community hubs like schools and stations which are needed by growing communities across NSW. 


Currently, the transport budget has appropriated $60 million over the next four years towards active transport projects and upgrades. 


Labor will top this up with an additional $15 millionper year over four years, doubling the funding available in the transport budget for walking and cycling infrastructure.


Labor’s commitment brings the total funding for active transport infrastructure in the transport budget to $120 million.


Priority areas – Western Sydney & the regions 


The fund will prioritise greenfield developments, where the availability of footpaths and cycle paths that connect to community hubs like schools and stations doesn’t keep up with the development of new homes, even once families have moved in.


This means that Western Sydney and the regionswill enjoy the most benefit from this commitment. 


Quotes attributable to Chris Minns, NSW Labor Leader:


“We all want our communities to be more walkable and more cycle friendly.


“It shouldn’t matter whether you’re living in Leppington or Lilyfield. Everyone should have access to quality walking and cycling infrastructure.


“But under the Liberals, new and growing communities are missing out on the active transport infrastructure that makes their communities more liveable. Labor will change that.”


Quotes attributable to Jo Haylen, NSW Shadow Minister for Transport:


“Investing in active transport is good for public health, lowers emissions and congestion, improves air quality and is a cheap alternative to people to move around our communities. 


“The Liberals have talked a big game on active transport infrastructure, but they just haven’t been able to deliver for growing communities across NSW.


 “Having safe, connected and convenient cycleways and footpaths shouldn’t be a privilege confined to Inner Sydney. People in Western Sydney and the regions deserve access to infrastructure like this that makes their lives easier and gives them a real choice about how they travel.


 “That’s why we’ll double the amount of money in the transport budget for footpaths and active transport and help build the infrastructure that makes a community a more connected and better place to live.”