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4820 - CREATION OF A MINISTER FOR WESTCONNEX

Leong, Jenny to the Premier
  1. Why was a new Minister created for WestConnex?

  2. Why was WestConnex not included in the Roads portfolio?

  3. Is this the first time that New South Wales has had a specific Ministerial portfolio for an individual infrastructure project?

  4. What are the costs involved in creating a new Ministry in terms of extra staff, salaries and resources?

  5. Who are the current shareholders in WestConnex?

  6. When were these shareholders appointed?

  7. What fees are payable for the transfer of shares to new shareholders?

Answer -

(1) and (2) The Government is committed to delivering WestConnex, Australia's largest roads project on time and on budget. As Member for Penrith, Minister Ayres appointment as Minister for WestConnex will provide a greater level of focus to the project, while ensuring the minister responsible for Westconnex has a greater appreciation of the project's benefits for Western Sydney.

(3) No. New South Wales governments have previously appointed ministers for special projects. Indeed former Premier Kristina Keneally was concurrently Minister for Redfern-Waterloo.

(4) There has been no net increase in the budget for ministerial staff as a result of changes to ministerial arrangements. At the end of December 2016 the number of ministerial staff was 12% less than the last Labor government.

(5) and (6) The shareholders of Sydney Motorway Corporation will be the Treasurer, the Minister for WestConnex, and the Minister for Finance. Further information will be publically available on the WestConnex website.

(7) No fees are payable for the transfer of shares to new shareholders.

Question asked on 16 February 2017 (session 56-1) and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 106
Answer received on 21 March 2017 and to be printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 113