The efforts of local mayors was recognised at the Inland Rail Conference in Parkes on Wednesday.
Speaking at the conference NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey showed what could be achieved when governments worked together.
“I acknowledge the energy, the commitment, the time and effort of many local mayors here,” Ms Pavey told the nearly 400 delegates at the Parkes conference.
“I genuinely thank all of the mayors that are here today, all the local government officials that put in the energy as we give the energy that this state and this nation needs.
“This is a big, exciting project, a national game changer and we all need to be part of it,” Ms Pavey said.
“We all need to get what we can onto the rail tracks to move our freight, not only to help our farmers or to make it more competitive for our businesses, not only to drive costs down, it is about a national building project to make a difference.
“Now is a golden age of infrastructure in NSW that is driving the national economy, what we’re doing in this state is creating enormous opportunity for the nation.
“Currently about one billion dollars worth of infrastructure a month is going on in NSW and it’s not just about Sydney.”
Ms Pavey described NSW as the power force of the Australian economy as a result of the state government’s sale of the “wires and poles”.
“It is why we are in a golden age of infrastructure,” Ms Pavey said.