THE Hunter looks to have missed out on any big infrastructure promise in the carve-up of the expected $20 billion proceeds from the proposed lease of the state's poles and wires, but will be eligible for regional roads and water security funds.
The bulk of the money is expected to go to Sydney when the updated 20-year state infrastructure strategy is unveiled, to reflect projects that will get the nod should the Baird government be re-elected in 2015 with a mandate to lease 49 per cent of the state's electricity distribution businesses.
The government says it will back the recommendations from Infrastructure NSW, including setting up a corridor reservation fund, which could "potentially" mean a long-awaited Lower Hunter freight corridor will be set aside.
The government is using the infrastructure wish list to pitch its electricity privatisation to the electorate by showing what the electorate could get in return for backing the plan.
But in the Hunter, it appears the government will be short of projects to name.
The region has been assured of unspecified funding from the $1 billion regional growth roads program, and from the $1 billion regional water security fund, including funds for investigations into Lostock and Glennies Creek dams.
The government says it will focus on the Hunter, Gwydir, Macquarie and Lachlan river systems as priorities for investment.
Premier Mike Baird said the overall strategy would "turbocharge" the state.
"Releasing capital from leasing the state's electricity businesses means projects that improve our quality of life can get moving now, rather than years into the future," Mr Baird said.