CONSTRUCTION of essential roads and infrastructure will unlock thousands of housing blocks across the region.
The state government's budget will deliver $181 million to accelerate roads and sewer projects to support 19,000 housing blocks across the north-west.
The upgrade of Richmond Road between Townson Road and Grange Avenue will start this year. Construction was originally set to begin in 2016.
It will become a four-lane divided road forming supporting the rapid growth of housing and development along Richmond Road and Marsden Park employment area.
The state government's Roads Minister, Duncan Gay, said Richmond Road passed through the north-west growth centre and formed the main north south corridor connecting the proposed industrial and residential developments around Marden Park to the M7.
Work is expected to be complete by 2014.
Treasurer Mike Baird said he hoped his $561 million Building the State package coupled with the first homebuyer scheme for new homes would boost the housing industry and get construction back on track.
First Ponds Creek's sewer line is also part of the housing acceleration fund, expected to be delivered by 2014 along with $1 million to spend on work on Schofields Road from Railway Terrace to Veron Road.
The Housing Industry Association said the budget recognised the housing sector as a key driver of the economy.
The Building the State package includes $30 million over five years for the Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme, which offers interest rate subsidies to councils so they can borrow funds to deliver local infrastructure.
The government also hopes to produce a better development approval process by delivering and additional $13 million to reform the planning process and accelerate development applications.
A 12.5 per cent rise in traffic fines is expected to add an extra $180 million over four years to the state's revenue.
Opposition roads spokesman Robert Furolo said the "huge hikes" were not matched with an increase in spending.