Millions spent on regional roads in battle for the bush
BUILDING up the bush will be a key battleground at the March state election, with both sides of politics focused on injecting money into regional NSW infrastructure.
The bush building blitz will be major part of the Liberal/Nationals' election campaign while in the city they try to distance themselves from overdevelopment and infrastructure headaches, like the light rail.
Since 2011 the Coalition has spent $31.9 billion on improving regional roads and by 2023 every major highway in NSW is expected to be completely sealed and weather proof.
Excluding Sydney motorways, the spending on NSW roads in rural areas has dominated the government's major projects budget. Over the last four financial years $7.2 billion has been spent on major road projects in regional NSW, while $3.4 billion has been spent in Sydney.