What infrastructure is Infrastructure NSW considering?
Our infrastructure networks enable delivery of the basic
facilities and services that are the foundation for a successful
State economy and society.
A complex and interconnected series of networks and systems form
the infrastructure base of NSW. These are fundamental to the
millions of people who live and work in, or visit, our State.
'Hard' infrastructure-the large physical networks necessary for
the functioning of a modern industrial nation, such as roads,
railways and utilities-provides the people of NSW with the means to
get to and from work and family. It also gives them access to
everything from safe drinking water, to internet connections, to
electricity to run the operating theatre equipment that saves lives
in our hospitals.
These networks enable the delivery of 'soft' infrastructure-all
the institutions that are required to maintain the economic,
health, and cultural and social standards of the state, such as the
financial system, the education system and the health care
Together, these networks determine the quality of life and
breadth of opportunity for the people of NSW.
In developing its recommended 20 year State Infrastructure
Strategy, the infrastructure being considered by Infrastructure NSW
The majority of the passenger and freight transport within
Sydney is by road-cars, buses, trucks. Congestion on road
networks creates lost productivity and significant costs to the
economy as well as lost amenity.
Our rail networks provide critical access to key employment
centres especially Sydney's CBD, and freight and passenger
transport throughout the State. Demand for rail services is
NSW's trade patterns make its international gateways critical to
the State's economy. Efficient airports and ports also
provide the community with affordable goods and access to overseas
Energy security and affordability is critical to the
community. NSW is Australia's largest electricity
generator. High network costs mean prices are rising.
Every NSW community needs water infrastructure that meets
national health and environmental standards and guarantees a secure
and affordable water supply.
An ageing population, lifestyle diseases and new technologies,
such as electronic based systems, which change the way patients
receive care, are driving demand for health services in NSW.
The quality of education and cultural infrastructure affects
quality of life, creativity, innovation and competitiveness of
NSW. It is also part of Sydney competing on the global