November 16th, 2018
THE state government will begin planning for a potential third crossing of the Hawkesbury River between Richmond and North Richmond, allocating $7 million in the 2018-19 NSW Budget to the project.
Over four years, the state government estimated $25 million would be allocated to the funding, in the Budget that was handed down on June 19.
Member for Hawkesbury and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said it was a third crossing would improve the lives of many Hawkesbury residents.
"I have advocated strongly for a third crossing on behalf of the Hawkesbury community for a long time and this is a tremendous outcome," Mr Perrottet said via a prepared statement.
"As Treasurer, I get to see first-hand how the work our government is doing in rebuilding NSW is making a real impact at a local level, and I know this bridge will make a big difference for thousands of people.
"You cannot repair and build infrastructure that delivers improvements for communities if you have not built and repaired the budget that funds it."
In the ministerial release, the bridge is billed as a piece of infrastructure that 'will help significantly ease congestion and provide a more flood-resilient route for residents west of the Hawkesbury River and in Richmond and Kurrajong'.
The full atricle published by the Hawkesbury Gazette can be found here: https://www.hawkesburygazette.com.au/story/5476605/funding-announced-for-potential-third-crossing-of-the-hawkesbury-river/