Building Tasmania's Transport Infrastructure for the 21st Century

Media Release

BUDGET INFRA 03/2014

13 May 2014

Joint release with:

Jamie Briggs

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

The Abbott Government has made a record $1 billion investment to build the infrastructure of the 21st Century for Tasmania.

The funds provided in the 2014–15 Federal Budget are part of the Government's Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy, boost productivity and create thousands of new jobs.

The Australian Government's Infrastructure Investment Programme will provide economic benefits for Tasmania.

Congestion in our towns and cities costs the economy billions of dollars every year in lost productivity.

Better roads mean less congestion, faster travel times and lower fuel costs.

The Australian Government's investment in Tasmania will also improve freight transport linkages to key domestic and export markets.

Tasmanian projects include:

  • Midland Highway: Upgrades to improve safety and efficiency and facilitate forecast increases in freight and passenger movements.
    • Federal contribution: $400 million
  • Freight Rail Revitalisation: Upgrades to the rail network to secure the safety, reliability and competitiveness of rail freight operations.
    • Federal contribution: $119.6 million
  • Brooker Highway (Elwick-Goodwood to Howard Road): Consolidation of the existing staggered intersections at Goodwood and Elwick Roads and replacing the existing Howard Road roundabout with traffic lights.
    • Federal contribution: $25.6 million

$6.6 billion of new investment across Australia is being fast-tracked in the Budget to build much-needed economic infrastructure.

Funding will also continue over the next six years for road maintenance, with $2.5 billion for Roads to Recovery and $565 million for Black Spot projects, in addition to our new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme.

The funds for Tasmania are part of the Government's $50 billion infrastructure plan in the 2014–15 Budget.

The new Infrastructure Investment Programme will deliver $40.8 billion between 2013–14 and 2018–19, with a further commitment of $4.5 billion budgeted for 2019–20 onwards.

Despite the Budget mess left by Labor, the Abbott Government is embarking on a significant platform of projects to drive economic growth, slash travel times in our major cities and create thousands of jobs for a more productive future.

Tasmania—Key Projects

Key projects listed below do not include road maintenance funding, Black Spot Projects, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, Roads to Recovery or Untied Local Grants.

KEY PROJECTS TOTAL FUNDING 2013–14 TO 2018–19
$M
LOCATION
Brooker Highway
  • Consolidation of the existing staggered intersections at Goodwood and Elwick Roads and replacement of the existing Howard Road roundabout with traffic lights.
25.6 Hobart
Domain Highway Planning
  • Planning and development of design options to provide improved capacity for the Domain Highway/Brooker Highway Interchange.
4.0 Hobart
Freight Rail Revitalisation
  • Raising the quality of the major lines on the Tasmanian rail network.
119.6 Burnie to Hobart
Huon Highway
  • Upgrading the intersection between the Huon Highway and Summerleas Road to address cross-traffic movements.
17.5 Southern Tasmania
Improvement of Bell Bay Intermodal Terminal
  • Development and construction works of a road/ rail intermodal terminal within the Bell Bay industrial precinct.
4.9 Bell Bay
Main North-South Line rail capacity improvements
  • Rehabilitation works improve the safety and competitiveness of rail freight operations.
20.1 Burnie to Hobart
Midland Highway
  • Upgrade of the Midland Highway to improve safety and efficiency and facilitate forecast increases in freight and passenger movements
400.0 Central Tasmania
Midland Highway—Bridgewater Bridge Development
  • Land acquisition for the potential future construction of a new bridge crossing the Derwent River.
3.2 Hobart
Rail capacity improvements at Rhyndaston
  • Rehabilitation works including the installation of concrete sleepers and replacement of life-expired rail to improve the safety and competitiveness of rail freight operations.
13.3 Rhyndaston
Tasman Highway
  • Upgrade of the access ramps from East Derwent Highway and Rosny Hill Road to the Tasman Highway.
13.0 Hobart
Upgrade of North East Freight Roads
  • Upgrade of various roads, including construction of Tebrakunna Bridge and replacement of timber bridges in the Mathinna/Evercreech area.
26.9 North East Tasmania
Upgrade of Port Sorell Road
  • Improvement of sections of Port Sorell Main Road to provide a safer travel environment for road users.
1.0 Port Sorell
Westbury Road Traffic Management, Launceston
  • Construction of a roundabout at Vale Street.
0.5 Launceston