Why was a new Minister created for WestConnex?
Why was WestConnex not included in the Roads portfolio?
Is this the first time that New South Wales has had a specific Ministerial
portfolio for an individual infrastructure project?
What are the costs involved in creating a new Ministry in terms of extra
staff, salaries and resources?
Who are the current shareholders in WestConnex?
When were these shareholders appointed?
What fees are payable for the transfer of shares to new shareholders?
(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
(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.