Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/ Latest releases from the Ministers en M12 Motorway submissions and amendment report now available https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/tudge/media-release/m12-motorway-submissions-and-amendment-report-now-available <p class="boswellmediaheader">Planning for the proposed M12 motorway – a future key corridor through south west Sydney – will be informed by signifcant community feedback following today’s release of public submissions.</p> <p class="boswellmediaheader">The submissions, and amendment reports, for the proposed M12 Motorway are now available following significant feedback received in October 2019.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Community members and stakeholders are encouraged to make further submissions responding to the Amendment Report before the exhibition period closes on 4 November 2020.</p> <p class="boswellmediaheader">The proposed M12 between the M7 Motorway and The Northern Road is expected to start major construction in 2022 with completion scheduled prior to the Western Sydney International Airport opening in 2026.</p> <p class="boswellmediaheader">Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the feedback would shape how the project developed between the M12, Elizabeth Drive and the Western Sydney International Airport.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">“If the community supports these changes, the future development could deliver greater connectivity and improved access for motorists on the M12 Motorway,” Mr Tudge said.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">“Getting cracking on the M12 will help unlock the economic benefits that Western Sydney International Airport will deliver to the region and beyond.”</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">New South Wales Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said more than 50 submissions were received and Transport for NSW will now begin consultation on the proposed changes before a further detailed design stage.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">“The M12 will provide direct access to the new Western Sydney International Airport and fully connect to Sydney’s motorway network,” Mr Constance said.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">“Some of the proposed changes to the design are currently being reviewed to include additional connections between the M12 and Elizabeth Drive, as well as new intersections from Elizabeth Drive into the Airport Business Parks.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">“The release of the Submissions Report and the Amendment Report show the project is one step closer to reality.”</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">A Facebook Live session will be held for the community to engage virtually with the project team. The website has also been updated to include a ‘virtual information room’ where the community can interact with maps, driver views and watch vision of the project.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">For the latest project information or to view the Submissions Report or Amendment Report visit: <a href="https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/m12-motorway/index.html">www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/m12-motorway/index.html</a></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">The Concessionaire of the M7 Motorway recently put an unsolicited proposal to the New South Wales Government offering to deliver the M7/ M12 interchange as part of a broader program to widen the M7 Motorway.</p> <p>This proposal is currently being considered by the New South Wales Government.</p> <p class="boswellmediaheader">The M12 project is jointly funded with the Australian Government committing $1.402 billion and the New South Wales Government $350 million. </p> <h2 class="BoswellMediaHeader">Media Contact:</h2> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>Minister Tudge</strong> – Michael Bennett 0434 782 923</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>Minister Constance </strong>– Mia Burnes 0455 338 762</p> Tudge M12 Motorway submissions and amendment report now available Have your say on the Western Sydney Airport Metro Project https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/tudge/media-release/have-your-say-western-sydney-airport-metro-project <p>The community can have its say on the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport railway project, with the Environmental Impact Statement for the mega project now on public exhibition.</p> <p>Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the project would set the foundation for Greater Western Sydney for generations to come.</p> <p>“Construction will start before the end of the year and will inject billions into the NSW economy and support 14,000 jobs,” Mr Tudge said.</p> <p>“It’s crucial we get this underway right now to help NSW on the other side of COVID and deliver this game-changing, city-shaping infrastructure as soon as possible.”</p> <p>New South Wales Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the 23-kilometre driverless metro will link the new Western Sydney Aerotropolis with the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport and St Marys, delivering major benefits for Greater Western Sydney.</p> <p>“There will be six new metro stations at St Marys, Orchard Hills, Luddenham, Airport Business Park, Western Sydney International Airport and the Western Sydney Aerotropolis,” Mr Constance said.</p> <p>“Trains will arrive up to every five minutes in the peak period in each direction as the initial operating capacity so customers won’t need a timetable - they’ll just turn up and go.”</p> <p>New South Wales Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said local residents will reap the benefits of this investment, well before the first train hits the tracks.</p> <p>“Not only will we see a massive investment in local jobs during the construction, but we’ll also see big business move into the Aerotropolis, driving economic activity and creating even more jobs,” Mr Ayres said.</p> <p>“The new metro line will significantly reduce local traffic, by taking about 110,000 vehicle journeys off local roads every day by 2056.”</p> <p>Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor said the number of trains travelling each way, per hour, on the line would rise toward 20 in the future.</p> <p>“We expect to be moving up to 7,740 people an hour in each direction when services start, with plenty of room to add more trains as the region grows,” Mr Taylor said.</p> <p>“Passengers will enjoy a five-minute journey from the airport to the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. It will take around 20 minutes to travel  from St Marys to the Aerotropolis and about 15 minutes from the airport to St Marys – where customers can interchange with the T1 Western Line and the rest of Sydney’s rail network.</p> <p>Federal Member for Lindsay Melissa McIntosh said the Sydney Metro, Western Sydney Airport, was a key commitment of the Western Sydney Deal, a 20-year agreement signed in March 2018 by the Australian and NSW governments and eight Western Sydney councils.</p> <p>“The project is planned to open at the same time as passenger services start at the airport,” Mrs McIntosh said.</p> <p>“It will be fully accessible with level access between platforms and trains and safety features like platform screen doors, which keep people and objects like prams away from the tracks.”</p> <p>New South Wales Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies said the transport link will support population growth, while providing fast and efficient accessibility between residential centres and employment hubs across Greater Sydney.</p> <p>“Western Sydney is growing rapidly and is currently home to more than two million people, and is projected to grow to over three million by 2036. This project will help support that growth, and encourage businesses to set up in this growing hub,” Mrs Davies said. </p> <p>New South Wales Member for Camden Peter Sidgreaves said building new metro stations in Greater Western Sydney provides an exciting opportunity to create world-class places that will shape our city’s future.</p> <p>“I am encouraging everyone to have their say and review the Environmental Impact Statement, as the project will support nationally significant growth in Western Sydney, for years to come,” Mr Sidgreaves said.</p> <p>The community will also be able to take a look around the new Luddenham Station using their mobile devices. An interactive portal has been set up as community engagement tool during Covid and can be found at: <a href="http://www.sydneymetro.info/wsa">www.sydneymetro.info/wsa</a></p> <p>Construction will start before the end of 2020.</p> <p><strong>New animation of Luddenham Station available to download: </strong><a href="https://f.io/oPTjt2Xp"><strong>https://f.io/oPTjt2Xp</strong></a><strong> </strong></p> <h2 class="BoswellMediaHeader">Media Contact:</h2> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Minister Tudge – Michael Bennett 0434 782 923</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Minister Constance – Kaycie Bradford 0417 129 445</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Minister Ayres – Sophie Hull 0447 583 756</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Minister Taylor – Electorate Office <a href="tel:+61(02)%204658%207188">(02) 4658 7188</a></p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Mrs McIntosh – Electorate Office <a href="tel:+61(02)%204722%200600">(02) 4722 0600</a></p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Mrs Davies – Electorate Office (02) 9834 2966</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Mr Sidgreaves – Electorate Office (02) 4655 3333</p> Tudge Have your say on the Western Sydney Airport Metro Project Main construction contract awarded for highly anticipated METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/tudge/media-release/main-construction-contract-awarded-highly-anticipated-metronet-morley-ellenbrook-line <p>The much anticipated METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line has reached it’s most significant milestone with the $700 million main construction contract today awarded to the MELconnx Consortium (Laing O'Rourke Australia Construction).</p> <p>The long awaited project will link the fast-growing north-eastern suburbs directly with the wider Perth passenger rail network for the first time.</p> <p>The 21km line is the biggest METRONET project to get underway, and is the most significant expansion of the rail network since the Mandurah Line was built in 2007.</p> <p>For the first time, it can be revealed more than 6500 local WA jobs are being created as a result of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line, providing a significant boost to the WA economy, building on the pipeline of work being created in WA as part of the WA Recovery Plan.</p> <p>By 2031, it is estimated the rail line will take more than 10,000 car trips off roads in the north-eastern suburbs each day.</p> <p>The contract includes construction of the rail line as well as building five new stations at Morley, Noranda, Malaga, Whiteman Park and Ellenbrook, with a future station to be developed at Bennett Springs East.</p> <p>Early works have already started, with the New Bayswater Station – the site where the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will spur off the Midland Line – and the Tonkin Highway Gap project. As part of the Tonkin Gap Project, works include civil and structural works between Bayswater and Malaga to allow rail access in and out of the Tonkin Highway and to prepare the corridor for rail to be laid.</p> <p>The direct costs of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line enabling works on those two projects is estimated at $233 million – providing significant time and cost savings on the project.</p> <p>The total project budget for the main contract, including contingency, escalation and ancillary costs, is estimated to come in at $1.1 billion.</p> <p>It’s expected all main construction work will be completed in 2023-24.</p> <p>Premier Mark McGowan said the project was one of his Government’s key election commitments and he was pleased the main construction contract has now been awarded.</p> <p>“Just like we promised, we’re building the rail line to Ellenbrook,” he said.</p> <p>“This has been talked about for decades and after all the broken promises, this is a major step forward for this project, which will transform Perth’s growing north-eastern suburbs and benefit the local and surrounding communities.</p> <p>“Now more than ever, big infrastructure projects like METRONET’s Morley-Ellenbrook Line are imperative to WA’s COVID-19 economic recovery as they create a pipeline of work and supporting thousands of jobs.</p> <p>“This year alone we have seven METRONET projects underway and through our Building for Tomorrow program, we are creating lasting infrastructure for generations to come while creating thousands of local jobs and opportunities for local businesses.”</p> <p>Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said today’s contract award paves the way for thousands of jobs for hard-working Western Australians and an economic boost for the WA economy.</p> <p>“All along the Morrison Government have said that METRONET will re-shape Perth and that transformation is underway all across the metropolitan area,” Mr Tudge said. </p> <p>“It means jobs right now and critical, targeted infrastructure for generations to come.”</p> <p>Western Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the population of Perth’s north-eastern suburbs was expected to double by 2031 and it was vital the Government planned and delivered key infrastructure now.</p> <p>“The community have been waiting a long time for their railway – we promised it in 2017 and when we were lucky enough to be elected to Government we immediately began planning the project.</p> <p>“Now the contract has been signed, the funding secured and early works are underway.</p> <p>“The McGowan Government is spending almost $12 billion on building the transport infrastructure over the next four years creating thousands of local jobs and opportunities for local businesses.”</p> <p>Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter said the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will improve the lives of local residents.</p> <p>“Like many in my electorate, I am delighted that this project is finally moving ahead and I know it will make a significant difference to the everyday lives of those who’ve been waiting so patiently for it,” Mr Porter said.</p> <p>“This project will become a reality with a $500 million contribution from the Federal Liberal Government - money that was allocated in the Government’s 2018 budget.”</p> <p>Passengers travelling from Ellenbrook Station will have a seamless 30-minute journey to the CBD, with no need to transfer trains. This is almost half the current travel time for local residents using public transport.</p> <p>The project is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State Government’s.</p> <h2><strong>Media Contact:</strong></h2> <p><strong>Premier McGowan</strong> – Jamie Macdonald 0457 535 224  </p> <p><strong>Mr Tudge</strong> - Michael Bennett 0434 782 923</p> <p><strong>Ms Saffioti </strong>- Caitlin Goddard 0437 234 249</p> Tudge Main construction contract awarded for highly anticipated METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line All access pass to Australia's deepest road tunnel – NorthConnex https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/tudge/media-release/all-access-pass-australias-deepest-road-tunnel-northconnex <p>A virtual guided tour with 360 degree tunnel vision is giving the community behind-the-scenes access to Australia’s deepest road tunnel, the $3 billion NorthConnex project, ahead of its grand opening.</p> <p>The mega-project will soon be busting congestion for Sydney motorists when it opens, by slashing up to 15 minutes off travel times and taking up to 5000 trucks off Pennant Hills Road every day.</p> <p>Connecting the M1 Motorway in Wahroonga to the Hills M2 Motorway via nine kilometre twin tunnels, NorthConnex will provide an underground bypass of the notorious Pennant Hills Road.</p> <p>The NorthConnex virtual tunnel tour is the first of its kind in Australia, replicating the in‑person experience for the community ahead of its opening.</p> <p>Current social distancing restrictions don’t allow for an on-site community open day, with the innovative virtual tour ensuring the community won’t miss out on this historic event.</p> <p>Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said Sydney motorists will be able to see the extraordinary benefits of the NorthConnex tunnels.</p> <p>“This is one of the most significant and eagerly anticipated road infrastructure projects ever delivered in Australia,” Mr Tudge said.</p> <p>“It has not only provided thousands of jobs for Sydney, but will change the way people travel across the city.”</p> <p>“The guided tour is a rare opportunity to see the progress that has been made and gain an insight from the team that helped to build this game-changing project.”</p> <p>New South Wales Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said NorthConnex is the missing motorway link drivers have been wanting for decades.</p> <p>“Moving around Sydney’s north is about to become more efficient and reliable. A one way trip through NorthConnex will take around eight minutes, saving drivers up to 15 minutes in travel time, compared to Pennant Hills Road,” Mr Constance said.</p> <p>“Drivers will bypass 21 sets of traffic lights along Pennant Hills Road and up to 5,000 trucks a day will be removed from this busy road corridor, easing congestion and improving safety.”</p> <p>NorthConnex is Australia’s deepest road tunnel, reaching 90 metres at its deepest point - equivalent to 27 storeys – below the surface, with an average depth of 60 metres.</p> <p>The $3 billion NorthConnex tunnels are in the final stages of operational testing and software commissioning and are scheduled to open in coming weeks.</p> <p>The virtual guided tour and 360 degree vision can be accessed via <a href="https://www.northconnex.com.au/">northconnex.com.au</a>.</p> <p>The project is jointly funded by the Australian Government committing $412.3 million and the New South Wales Government $577.3 million, with remaining costs met by the private sector.</p> <p>New vision of NorthConnex: <a href="https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/p7iBstj7wa">https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/p7iBstj7wa</a></p> <h2><strong>Media Contact:</strong></h2> <p><strong>Minister Tudge</strong> – Michael Bennett 0434 782 923</p> <p><strong>Minister Constance </strong>– Mia Burns 0455 338 762</p> <p> </p> Tudge All access pass to Australia's deepest road tunnel – NorthConnex Environmental approval gives Inland Rail green light in Northern NSW https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/coulton/media-release/environmental-approval-gives-inland-rail-green-light-northern-nsw <p>The Australian Government is set to break ground on the next section of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail following approval of the Narrabri to North Star Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).</p> <p>Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack welcomed the approval, providing further certainty on Inland Rail’s delivery and the significant local jobs and investment the freight rail line will bring.</p> <p>“People have been talking about Inland Rail line for more than a century and this Liberal and Nationals Government is making it a reality,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.</p> <p>“Inland Rail will play a key role in getting our economy back on track because it means more people in jobs and it means more productivity for so many industries and local businesses.</p> <p>“On the Parkes to Narromine section, 1,800 jobs were supported and more than $109 million was spent with 99 local businesses – we’re looking forward to seeing Northern New South Wales enjoy similar benefits soon with construction on this section starting later this year.”</p> <p>Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said Inland Rail would deliver many benefits to New South Wales, both in the short and over the longer term, by facilitating increased local business investment, substantial improvements to our freight network and the creation of more new jobs.</p> <p>“Inland Rail will support more than 5,000 jobs in New South Wales during construction and as each section is completed, more fast and reliable rail services will become available to industry and regional producers across Australia,” Minister Cormann said.</p> <p>“Large scale infrastructure projects are a key driver of growth – driving investment, boosting economic development, creating many new jobs and opportunities for local businesses.”</p> <p>Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government and Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton welcomed the approval and encouraged local communities to engage with the project to make the most of the local construction opportunities.</p> <p>“Inland Rail will be a game changer in Northern NSW and there are endless opportunities for local businesses to take advantage of the next stage of construction between Narrabri and North Star,” Minister Coulton said.</p> <p>“The first recently completed section – Parkes to Narromine – provided a significant boost to businesses across a range of industries, including concrete supply, transportation, fencing, earthmoving, accommodation, hospitality and security in what has been a difficult time for many rural businesses with drought, fires and now COVID-19.</p> <p>“Northern NSW has a proud history of agricultural excellence – the long term benefits of this transformational project will better connect our region to east coast ports and create new supply chains to better move the produce and products we are famous for.”</p> <p>For more information on Inland Rail and the Narrabri to North Star project visit <a href="http://www.InlandRail.gov.au">www.InlandRail.gov.au</a>.</p> <h2><strong>Media Contacts:</strong></h2> <p>Deputy Prime Minister – Dean Shachar 0418 202 860</p> <p>Minister Cormann – Karen Wu 0428 350 139</p> <p>Minister Coulton – Steph Nicholls 0417 314 920</p> Coulton Environmental approval gives Inland Rail green light in Northern NSW Consultation kick-starts on crash-reducing brake technology for light vehicles https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/mccormack/media-release/consultation-kick-starts-crash-reducing-brake-technology-light-vehicles <p>The Australian Government has today begun consulting on the future of vehicle safety technology – Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems for new cars.</p> <p>Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said Australia was playing a lead role in the international development of a United Nations regulation for AEB systems, which for the first time includes pedestrian protection measures.</p> <p>“The Australian Government is committed to improving road safety through strong investment and national leadership on our way to preventing deaths and serious injuries occurring on our roads,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.</p> <p>“Vehicle technology has an important role to play, which is why we are opening consultation on the introduction of a new standard for AEB.</p> <p>“This process will allow industry and the community to express their views on the use of AEB across the new light vehicle fleet.</p> <p>“We know there is already strong market and consumer demand for AEB systems, with ANCAP Safety research showing a significant increase in the technology being included in the standard fit on light vehicles – going from 18 to 66 per cent in under three years.”</p> <p>Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said increasing deployment of effective AEB systems in light and heavy vehicles was a priority action of the National Road Safety Action Plan, recognising the significant safety benefits technology can bring to road users.</p> <p>“AEB systems detect likely forward collisions, provide the driver with a warning and if the driver does not respond, applies the brakes automatically,” Assistant Minister Buchholz said.</p> <p>“To date, many systems have been unable to detect pedestrians. This draft new regulation would require light vehicle AEB systems to detect likely forward collisions with both vehicles and pedestrians to help keep some of our most vulnerable road users safe.</p> <p>“The measure is expected to save 586 lives and avoid 20,600 serious injuries.”</p> <p>Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Kevin Hogan said this would build on the Government’s significant progress achieved to improve road safety by increasing the fitment of AEB across the heavy vehicle fleet.</p> <p>“Increasing the uptake of AEB across the heavy vehicle fleet is expected to save 78 lives and prevent 2,152 serious injuries,” Assistant Minister Hogan said.</p> <p>“Late last year we held a similar consultation process for heavy vehicle AEB technology, which helped us explore the options and their impacts for the heavy vehicle industry more closely.</p> <p>“The Regulatory Impact Statement process has been completed and we are now considering stakeholder submissions to help shape the content of the Australian Design Rules (ADRs).</p> <p>“The ADRs are being increasingly harmonised with international vehicle regulations.</p> <p>“This means regulation based on internationally agreed standards provides consumers with access to the safest vehicles from the global market at the lowest cost.”</p> <p>The consultation Regulation Impact Statement is available at <a href="https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/design/adr_comment.aspx">https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/design/adr_comment.aspx</a> and will remain open for public comment until 10 December 2020. Submissions can be made by emailing <a href="mailto:standards@infrastructure.gov.au">standards@infrastructure.gov.au</a>.</p> <h2><strong>Media Contacts:</strong></h2> <p><strong>Deputy Prime Minister </strong>– Jo Williamson 0418 475 668 | Dean Shachar 0418 202 860</p> <p><strong>Assistant Minister Buchholz</strong> – Josh Christian 0439 897 926</p> <p><strong>Assistant Minister Hogan </strong>– Dylan Butcher 0411 822 990 </p> <p> </p> McCormack Consultation kick-starts on crash-reducing brake technology for light vehicles Environmental approval gives Inland Rail green light in Northern NSW https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/mccormack/media-release/environmental-approval-gives-inland-rail-green-light-northern-nsw <p>The Australian Government is set to break ground on the next section of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail following approval of the Narrabri to North Star Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).</p> <p>Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack welcomed the approval, providing further certainty on Inland Rail’s delivery and the significant local jobs and investment the freight rail line will bring.</p> <p>“People have been talking about Inland Rail line for more than a century and this Liberal and Nationals Government is making it a reality,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.</p> <p>“Inland Rail will play a key role in getting our economy back on track because it means more people in jobs and it means more productivity for so many industries and local businesses.</p> <p>“On the Parkes to Narromine section, 1,800 jobs were supported and more than $109 million was spent with 99 local businesses – we’re looking forward to seeing Northern New South Wales enjoy similar benefits soon with construction on this section starting later this year.”</p> <p>Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said Inland Rail would deliver many benefits to New South Wales, both in the short and over the longer term, by facilitating increased local business investment, substantial improvements to our freight network and the creation of more new jobs.</p> <p>“Inland Rail will support more than 5,000 jobs in New South Wales during construction and as each section is completed, more fast and reliable rail services will become available to industry and regional producers across Australia,” Minister Cormann said.</p> <p>“Large scale infrastructure projects are a key driver of growth – driving investment, boosting economic development, creating many new jobs and opportunities for local businesses.”</p> <p>Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government and Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton welcomed the approval and encouraged local communities to engage with the project to make the most of the local construction opportunities.</p> <p>“Inland Rail will be a game changer in Northern NSW and there are endless opportunities for local businesses to take advantage of the next stage of construction between Narrabri and North Star,” Minister Coulton said.</p> <p>“The first recently completed section – Parkes to Narromine – provided a significant boost to businesses across a range of industries, including concrete supply, transportation, fencing, earthmoving, accommodation, hospitality and security in what has been a difficult time for many rural businesses with drought, fires and now COVID-19.</p> <p>“Northern NSW has a proud history of agricultural excellence – the long term benefits of this transformational project will better connect our region to east coast ports and create new supply chains to better move the produce and products we are famous for.”</p> <p>For more information on Inland Rail and the Narrabri to North Star project visit <a href="http://www.InlandRail.gov.au">www.InlandRail.gov.au</a>.</p> <h2><strong>Media Contacts:</strong></h2> <p>Deputy Prime Minister – Dean Shachar 0418 202 860</p> <p>Minister Cormann – Karen Wu 0428 350 139</p> <p>Minister Coulton – Steph Nicholls 0417 314 920</p> McCormack Environmental approval gives Inland Rail green light in Northern NSW Fairfield Showground amenities building open https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/tudge/media-release/fairfield-showground-amenities-building-open <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Fairfield Showground’s multipurpose amenities building has opened following a $5.1 million construction overhaul meaning locals now have access to modern sporting facilities and a community hub for events.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">The multipurpose amenities building features a community space, kitchen/canteen, two large change rooms that can be divided into four, adjoining doctors’ rooms, restrooms, match official change rooms and bathrooms, gym/training room, office space, first aid facility and storage.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Locals including sportspeople, performers and Showground visitors will now have access to high quality change rooms, training, meeting and food preparation areas in the new building.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">The project was funded as part of the Western Sydney City Deal’s Western Parkland City Liveability Program, a joint commitment by the Federal Government, the NSW State Government and the Fairfield Council,.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the City Deal continued to deliver community infrastructure, which played an important role in the jobs-led recovery from COVID 19.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">“This is a critical time to be getting boots on the ground and shovels moving and the Morrison Government is delivering these grassroots opportunities, where they can make all the difference,” Mr Tudge said.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said public spaces had never been more important to the people of Western Sydney.</p> <p>“We all need our open spaces to work for us and our families, giving us the chance to keep active, play a game, and get some fresh air. These two projects deliver richly on making day to day life better in the area,” Mr Ayres said.</p> <p>Senator for NSW Concetta Fierravanti-Wells said that the construction of these new facilities demonstrates that investment locally is helping to rebuild and energise communities across NSW and nationally, as we recover from the effects COVID-19.</p> <p>“The construction and opening of the facilities has provided job opportunities and is encouraging local economic activity by providing the Fairfield community with an exciting new outdoor destination to enjoy,” Ms Fierravanti-Wells said.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Fairfield City Mayor Frank Carbone said the new amenities building secures the Showground’s growing reputation as a premier venue for major sporting, festival and music events.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">“This new amenities building is an important step towards transforming Fairfield Showground to be able to host bigger sporting and cultural events for our community,” Mayor Carbone said.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">“This building will provide some of the region’s best amenities for sports events and facilities for performances and festivals.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">“Fairfield Showground is the geographical and cultural heart of our City. Council’s vision is to transform the Showground into a place that offers something for everyone to come and enjoy.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">“Whether you are a beginner or elite sportsperson, a rising star or established performer, a visitor enjoying one of the many sporting or cultural events that will be held here every year, or someone who is look for a place to bring their kids to play or go for a walk or bike ride, there is something for everyone at Fairfield Showground.”</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">The amenities building is strategically placed between the festival, cricket and AFL arena, the FIFA-accredited synthetic field and the elite turf field. The improvements to the showground will drive increased participation in community activities and local sports from grassroots to the elite level.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Construction at Fairfield Showground is set to continute until mid-way through 2021 with stage two of the project due for completion. The second stage will redevelop the existing grandstands and provide furniture for use across the site, a bike learning track, an off-leash dog park and improved field lighting.</p> <h2><strong>Media Contact:</strong></h2> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>Minister Tudge</strong> – Michael Bennett 0434 782 923</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>Minister Ayres</strong> – Sophie Hull 0447 583 756</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>Mayor Carbone</strong> – David Catt 9725 0166</p> Tudge Fairfield Showground amenities building open Faster justice and more local jobs: Potential Campbelltown Community and Justice Precinct https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/tudge/media-release/faster-justice-and-more-local-jobs-potential-campbelltown-community-and-justice-precinct <p>Campbelltown could be home to a new Community and Justice Precinct following today’s announcement of a $1 million strategic business case to investigate its potential development.</p> <p>The precinct could house NSW and federal courts as well as co-located community services that would deliver jobs and justice for the people of Western Sydney.</p> <p>The Australian Government, the NSW Government and Campbelltown City Council have all contributed through the Western Sydney City Deal.</p> <p>Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said demand for justice services in South West Sydney will continue to grow.</p> <p>“A new precinct would bring high-value jobs and career opportunities close to home and provide improved justice services for the Western Sydney region,” Mr Tudge said.</p> <p>“The project would create a hub of services that would boost the local economy and open new avenues of opportunity for local businesses to support the COVID-19 recovery.”</p> <p>NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman said the proposal would help streamline services in South Western Sydney to the benefit of local residents.</p> <p>“The people of South Western Sydney face significant stress and cost at an already tumultuous time in their lives by having to travel to Parramatta or Sydney CBD to access court services,” Mr Speakman said.</p> <p>“This initiative has the potential to expand Campbelltown Courthouse to include additional Local, District and Children’s Court facilities. As well as creating faster access to justice, this proposed precinct could improve efficiency by co-locating justice services and possible community services.”</p> <p>Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the City Deal offered the opportunity to explore the need for a service that the people of South Western Sydney have been asking for.</p> <p>“Delivering this funding highlights how our plan for Western Sydney is putting jobs and services at the front of our COVID-19 recovery effort,” Senator Payne said.</p> <p>NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the strategic business case will examine how Campbelltown could benefit from a new economic base focused on justice, and community service professions.</p> <p>“A Community and Justice Precinct could provide a new professional industry to Campbelltown, delivering jobs, education opportunities, and new services for residents, boosting the local economy,” Mr Ayres said.</p> <p>“Population growth in the Macarthur region is creating the demand for the new court facilities to accommodate the needs of the community it serves. The region also has the skilled workforce to fill newly created local jobs.”</p> <p>Campbelltown Mayor George Brticevic said the proposed Community and Justice Precinct had the potential to transform Campbelltown CBD.</p> <p>"This Precinct could be the catalyst for a vast array of new jobs, businesses and opportunities for locals. It also lends itself to the opportunity to house a University in our CBD, which has been identified as a priority for the ongoing revitalisation of our City Centre." Mr Brticevic said.</p> <p>"An expanded precinct could grow the existing local legal ecosystem, creating opportunities for businesses to expand, and crucially bring more higher-order jobs for our community."</p> <p>The Western Sydney City Deal enables the exploration of opportunities to release surplus or underused government-owned land and assets to drive jobs growth.</p> <p>The strategic business case follows an earlier Memorandum of Understanding signed by Campbelltown City Council and the NSW Government to examine the possibilities of a South Western Sydney Justice Precinct.</p> <p>It will provide decision makers with an early indication of the best options for any future investment and is due for completion this financial year.  </p> <h2 class="BoswellMediaHeader">Media Contact:</h2> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Minister Tudge – Michael Bennett 0434 782 923</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Senator Payne - Minister's office (02) 6277 7500</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Attorney General Speakman – Damien Smith 0417 788 947</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Minister Ayres – Sophie Hull 0447 583 756</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Campbelltown City Council – Caitlin Lewis 0427 298 244</p> Tudge Faster justice and more local jobs: Potential Campbelltown Community and Justice Precinct Statement of Expectations issued to the ACCC for new telecommunications environment https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/fletcher/media-release/statement-expectations-issued-accc-new-telecommunications-environment <p>Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, has issued a Statement of Expectations to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) concerning its work to protect broadband and mobile consumers and encourage infrastructure investment in the telecommunications industry.</p> <p>“Our telecommunications regulatory framework aims to deliver outcomes for consumers while supporting industry innovation. The ACCC has a central role in this framework,” Minister Fletcher said.</p> <p>“The framework includes the use of a Statement of Expectations so that the government can clearly set out its priorities and perspectives, for the independent regulator to take account of as it goes about its work.</p> <p>“This is an opportune time to issue this Statement of Expectations: the telecommunications environment has evolved significantly over recent years, including the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout nearing completion and the advancing deployment of 5G services across the country.”</p> <p>The Statement deals with issues such as NBN Co’s wholesale prices, business market competition, and spectrum.</p> <p>In the Statement, the Government states its preference for work to begin on changes to NBN Co’s Special Access Undertaking, having regard to a pricing model that reflects the costs of building the network and delivering a world-class broadband service.</p> <p>The Statement also emphasises the importance of sustainable investment, domestic and international competitiveness, national security, access to services and the efficient deployment of new networks and technologies.</p> <p>The ACCC has responsibility for regulating competition in the telecommunications industry under Parts XIB and XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, and is accountable to the Minister for Communications in relation to its work under these parts of the Act under the Administrative Arrangements Orders.</p> <p>It is common practice for Federal or State Ministers to issue a Statement of Expectations to a regulator. Statements generally address matters such as transparency, accountability and the nature of the relationship between the regulator, government and regulated entities.</p> <p>In line with standard practice, the ACCC is expected to provide a Statement of Intent in response to the Statement of Expectations within three months.</p> <p>The ACCC Statement of Expectations is available at <a href="http://www.communications.gov.au/accc-soe">www.communications.gov.au/accc-soe</a> .</p> <p><strong>Media contact:</strong></p> <p>Imre Salusinszky | 0432 535 737 | <a href="mailto:Imre.Salusinszky@communications.gov.au">Imre.Salusinszky@communications.gov.au</a></p> Fletcher Statement of Expectations issued to the ACCC for new telecommunications environment Budget 2020: Delivering for Christmas Island https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/marino/media-release/budget-2020-delivering-christmas-island <p>The Australian Government is prioritising the health and safety of the Christmas Island community, committing $28.9 million over three years from 2020-21, to manage the risks of storm water, flooding, landslide and rockfall in two popular local areas.</p> <p>This critical funding will support essential upgrades to the storm water system in Drumsite and ongoing replacement of the rockfall fences across Flying Fish Cove, ensuring that anyone who lives, works or visits the Island is safeguarded by fit-for-purpose infrastructure.</p> <p>Our Government understands that as border restrictions gradually ease, we want and need tourists from across Australia to safely return to Christmas Island, providing essential stimulus to the local economy and supporting jobs on the ground. Our commitment to funding these crucial infrastructure upgrades provides certainty to the community and tourists that Christmas Island remains a safe and popular travel location of choice.</p> <p>The Budget 2020 measures for Christmas Island, combined with the suite of vital services and program we are continuing to deliver, complement the $8 million I previously announced to get shovels in the ground on priority community projects across Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands — ensuring jobs and stimulus are created when and where they are needed most. Work on these is already under way.</p> <p>In this Budget, our focus for Christmas Island is on rolling out projects and programs that make a tangible and long-term difference to the community, supporting them not only through the COVID-19 pandemic, but into the future through targeted, sustainable economic measures.</p> <p>That is why, as part of our broader $134.4 million investment in the Indian Ocean Territories for the financial year 2020-21, we are delivering programs to support the long-term, sustainable growth of Christmas Island - working with the Western Australian Government for the ongoing delivery of essential services and community initiatives that capitalise on the unique environment, community and culture of Christmas Island, and the Indian Ocean Territories region.</p> <p>For full details, visit <a href="http://www.infrastructure.gov.au">www.infrastructure.gov.au</a>.</p> <p><strong>Media Contact:</strong></p> <p>Assistant Minister Marino – Sophie Beeton (02) 6277 4293</p> Marino Budget 2020: Delivering for Christmas Island Ground-works to commence on CDU's City campus https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/tudge/media-release/ground-works-commence-cdus-city-campus <p>The transformation of Darwin’s city centre is officially underway with construction commencing today on the $250 million Education and Community Precinct with Charles Darwin University (CDU).</p> <p>The precinct is the centerpiece of the Darwin City Deal and will include state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, an art gallery and a library. </p> <p>The project will support hundreds of local jobs and has already ploughed financial stimulus into the NT economy through project contracts awarded to local companies.</p> <p>NT business, DTA Contractors, will begin work on the precinct after winning the contract for site works and main building excavation, supporting up to 18 contractors working on site.</p> <p>The precinct will create 350 on-site jobs and a further 380 jobs across the supply chain through to 2024, making it one of the biggest building projects undertaken in Darwin during recent times.</p> <p>Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the start of construction activity means jobs and an economic boost for Darwin.</p> <p>“Not only will this precinct provide invaluable education opportunities for generations, it will deliver economic benefits now and into the future for the NT,” Mr Tudge said.</p> <p>“It will create unprecedented avenues for locals in the construction industry as well as architects and building engineers.”</p> <p>Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Michael Gunner said this is just another part of our work to make sure the Territory bounces back strong after the coronavirus crisis.</p> <p>“Getting major projects started as fast as possible allows for jobs to be created now, and for local businesses to be supported now,” Mr Gunner said.</p> <p>Senator for the Northern Territory, Dr Sam McMahon said the City Deal was a joint initiative of the Australian and Northern Territory governments and the City of Darwin.</p> <p>“The Australian Government’s decision to bring forward $74.8 million has enabled the excavation works to begin this year,” Senator McMahon said.</p> <p>CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said the awarding of the contract and breaking ground was a significant step forward for the project.</p> <p>“This is the culmination of several years of work in collaboration with our partners,” Professor Maddocks said.</p> <p>“This facility will build on our ability to meet future student demands while offering a state-of-the-art Education and Community Precinct for the Darwin community to come together and share ideas.”</p> <p>Professor Maddocks said CDU had worked with the Australian and Northern Territory Governments through the City Deal process to maximise the opportunities for local businesses.</p> <p>DTA Contractors Managing Director David Divilly, said the excavation contract would provide work for about 18 people.</p> <p>“This work means I can keep my staff numbers up. You need a flow of projects to maintain staff levels and this excavation job means we can keep the team together, which might have been hard without it,” Mr Divilly said.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">The Darwin City Deal Implementation Plan is available at  <a href="http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/cities/city-deals/darwin">www.infrastructure.gov.au/cities/city-deals/darwin</a>.</p> <h2 class="BoswellMediaHeader">Media Contact:</h2> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Minister Tudge – Michael Bennett 0434 782 923</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Chief Minister Gunner – Gerard Richardson 0438 693 898</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Senator McMahon – Electorate Office (08) 8948 3555</p> <p>Vice-Chancellor Maddocks – Leanne Miles 0459 842 333</p> Tudge Ground-works to commence on CDU's City campus Green light for drought relief project in Boulia https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/littleproud/media-release/green-light-drought-relief-project-boulia <p>A high-priority drought relief project is progressing in the Boulia Shire in Queensland, with $1 million in funding approved under the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Programme (DCP) Extension.</p> <p>Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud said now more than ever, the Government is proud to support regional Australia during the added challenge of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.</p> <p>“The Government is aware of the added challenges presented by COVID-19. Communities should rest assured the Government continues to have their back, with an economic support package of nearly $314 billion in assistance announced to date,” Minister Littleproud said.</p> <p>“This includes the $2.8 billion package to assist local government in the delivery of priority projects with a focus on roads, community infrastructure upgrades and maintenance.</p> <p>“Under this package, the $1.5 billion Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program, and the bringing forward of $1.3 billion from the 2020–21 Financial Assistance Grant payments will help communities battling the effects of COVID-19.”</p> <p>The Boulia project will include upgrading community halls and assets; upgrading facilities and communication capabilities at the Boulia Racecourse Reserve/Rodeo Grounds; repairing footpaths and drains; upgrading the Min Min Encounter Tourism and Visitor Information Centre; installing a Water Monitoring System for Urandangi water supply; and contributing, with the Winton Shire Council and Telstra, to a small cell network connection between Boulia and Winton.</p> <p>LNP Senator for Queensland, Susan McDonald said she was pleased to see the Boulia project is ready to move forward.</p> <p>“The Australian Government is providing $1 million to the Boulia Shire Council to support the roll out of the Boulia Shire DCP Extension 2 project,” Senator McDonald said.</p> <p>“The project will provide long lasting benefits for the Boulia community which has been significantly impacted.</p> <p>“Having visited Boulia recently, I’m pleased to see the Min Min Encounter Centre will be upgraded. This attraction features animatronic characters who tell the story of the famous Min Min lights seen regularly in Outback Queensland.</p> <p>“This and so much other work being done on community infrastructure in the town demonstrates the Morrison Government’s commitment to regional Queensland and is a credit to the hard work being done by Mayor Rick Britton, the local councilors and council staff.”</p> <p>Minister Littleproud said DCP Extension projects, such as Boulia’s, deliver an immediate cash injection to help keep locals employed, businesses open, money flowing through drought-affected regional economies.</p> <p>“The Government is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our regional and rural communities that have been doing it tough through drought and will be here to support them through dedicated initiatives such as the DCP Extension,” he said.</p> <p>“Drought doesn't just hurt farmers; it hurts small businesses and the wider community as well, but with DCP Extension funding we can keep money flowing through areas that have been affected.</p> <p>“So far, the DCP Extension has funded nearly 500 projects, such as the construction of local tourism assets and amenities blocks, delivery of a potable water supply, community resilience events and employing local drought support officers.”</p> <h2>Media Contacts:</h2> <p>Douglas Ferguson (Minister Littleproud) 0455 448 985</p> <p>Julian Tomlinson (Sen. McDonald) 0421059187</p> Littleproud Green light for drought relief project in Boulia Bunbury Outer Ring Road contract to create thousands of local jobs https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/marino/media-release/bunbury-outer-ring-road-contract-create-thousands-local-jobs <p>The Bunbury Outer Ring Road project is a step closer with the major construction contract signed, unlocking thousands of local jobs and economic benefits.</p> <p>The biggest infrastructure project ever to be undertaken in Western Australia's South-West will be constructed by a consortium comprising Acciona, NRW Contracting, MACA Civil, AECOM and Aurecon named South West Gateway Alliance.</p> <p>This $852 million project will construct a 27-kilometre, four-lane, high-standard road from Forrest Highway near Australind to Bussell Highway, south of Bunbury.</p> <p>Once complete, new connections of Forrest Highway to Bussell Highway and South Western Highway will greatly improve freight capacity, efficiency and productivity across the region.</p> <p>It will also mean tourists heading south will save up to 15 minutes in travel time.</p> <p>Local employment and business opportunities are a priority for the project with a target spend of $300 million set to encourage and maximise local South-West industry participation.</p> <p>Promoting and maximising local Aboriginal participation is also a priority for the project. There is a $20 million target spend for Aboriginal businesses and an employment target equivalent to 60 full time Aboriginal people engaged on the project over its three-year construction period.</p> <p>The South West Gateway Alliance is committed to sustainably delivering the project by working with the local recycling industry to maximise opportunities to safely reuse waste materials in construction.</p> <p>The Alliance will commence detailed design while the State and Commonwealth environmental approvals processes continue.</p> <p>A number of other activities that do not require environmental approval will also be occurring, including geotechnical investigations, planning for the relocations of services and meetings with local stakeholders.</p> <p>Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government had made it a priority to fast-track regional projects that were ready to start to get money flowing into jobs and businesses as soon as possible.</p> <p>"Our focus is getting people back into work quickly, which is why we allocated $1.5 billion to prioritise shovel-ready projects and targeted road safety works that can provide a boost to the economy and support jobs immediately," the Deputy Prime Minister said.</p> <p>"We are investing in our post-pandemic future by delivering lasting infrastructure which will kick-start our economic recovery and benefit Australians for years to come.</p> <p>"The Australian Government's $100 billion, 10-year infrastructure pipeline will support our economy and create jobs, particularly for those in the construction and manufacturing industries."</p> <p>Premier Mark McGowan said his Government was investing in major transport infrastructure projects to help kick-start the economy as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.</p> <p>"We are building Western Australia's economy back up from the pandemic by embarking on Building for Tomorrow, the biggest transport infrastructure program WA has seen," he said.</p> <p>"Investing in well-planned transport projects will keep the Greater Bunbury region moving and boost its status as a major economic regional centre while providing better road infrastructure for locals and visitors.</p> <p>"The project will deliver significant benefits for the economy both during its construction and once in operation, unlocking thousands of local jobs."</p> <p>WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the McGowan Government was spending more than $260 million a month on major transport infrastructure projects with $100 million being spent in regional Western Australia.</p> <p>"The Bunbury Outer Ring Road is the biggest transport infrastructure project ever planned for the South-West and will generate significant economic and employment opportunities," she said.</p> <p>"We have worked hard to fast track this project so we can get shovels in the ground and work underway as soon as possible.</p> <p>"Maximising local business procurement is a key objective for the project with a target spend of $300 million set to encourage and maximise local South-West industry participation."</p> <p>Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories and Member for Forrest Nola Marino said this had been a major project for the South-West region for many years.</p> <p>"This project has been planned for a number of years, recognising the significance of delivering vital infrastructure to provide a safer and more efficient road system for the South West region of Western Australia," she said.</p> <p>"Removing freight and regional traffic from local roads will provide relief for local residents while maintaining easy access to Bunbury and other regional destinations.</p> <p>"From day one I've been determined to see as much local South West procurement involved in the construction of this project as possible."</p> <p>Bunbury MLA Don Punch said the new Bunbury Outer Ring Road will support local businesses and jobs while also improving safety and efficiency.</p> <p>"This new road will create new connections of Forrest Highway to Bussell Highway and South Western Highway," he said.</p> <p>"It will significantly reduce pressure on Bunbury's local road connections especially around Glen Iris and the Bunbury Regional Hospital. Local residents will see significantly reduced congestion within Bunbury as a consequence.</p> <p>The $852 million Bunbury Outer Ring Road project is jointly-funded with the Australian Government contributing 80 per cent ($681.6 million) and the State Government contributing 20 per cent ($170.4 million).</p> <h2>Media Contacts:</h2> <p>Deputy Prime Minister - Joanne Williamson 0418 475 668</p> <p>Assistant Minister Marino - Sophie Beeton 02 6277 4088</p> <p>Premier's office - 6552 5000</p> <p>Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500</p> Marino Bunbury Outer Ring Road contract to create thousands of local jobs City Deal Delivering on Ambitions for a Revitalised Launceston https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/tudge/opinion-piece/city-deal-delivering-ambitions-revitalised-launceston <div class="WordSection1"> <p>Kurt Jones had to lay off ten people in the first half of 2020.</p> <p>Like many Australian companies, the one he heads-up had to stop or stall projects as the impact of COVID-19 took hold.</p> <p>But by June the tide turned for VOS Constructions.</p> <p>Under the Launceston City Deal, the company was awarded the contract to build part of the University of Tasmania’s Inversek Campus. As a result VOS Construction were able to shore up their workforce across Northern Tasmania.</p> <p>Three months later its CEO says jobs have been saved and his business has had the confidence to employ three new apprentices.</p> <p>All thanks to one of the largest infrastructure projects in Launceston’s history.</p> <p>The $260 million relocation of the UTAS Launceston campus is the centrepiece of the Deal and the economic benefits for Northern Tasmania are immense. The first campus building is now coming out of the ground and will be completed by the end of next year.</p> <p>Construction on the first elements of the campus, the Library and Student Experience building and the new footbridge, is expected to create over 150 jobs. To date, 65 people have been employed on the project.</p> <p>While the importance of the Morrison Government’s more than 85,000 jobs generated across our $100 billion pipeline of projects cannot be understated, it’s when those huge numbers are broken down that the impact for local businesses like VOS Constructions can really be felt.</p> <p>It means a wage for an Australian family who are bringing up their kids, who are paying off their home, who are having a go for Australia and their local community.</p> <p>Yesterday we launched the Launceston City Deal’s Third Annual Progress Report and it contains similar success stories for Tasmania’s north.</p> <p>We don’t need to tell locals about the remarkable transformation that has taken place since the Deal was signed in 2017.</p> <p>Progress can be seen everywhere.</p> <p>The university campus redevelopment is not only providing jobs now, but will attract 10,000 students annually by 2032 and support an ultimate target of 16,000 students and staff engaged annually on the new campus.</p> </div> <p>All up, this once-in-a-generation project is expected to create around 430 jobs during the construction phase, with 225 jobs across teaching and support staff roles after completion.</p> <p>Government and private investment is channeling $509 million into a broad range of initiatives that are also increasing jobs, improving the city’s liveability and delivering educational opportunities.</p> <p>Over 30 commitments are being progressed to deliver the City Deal’s vision making Launceston one of Australia’s most liveable and innovative regional cities.</p> <p>By the end of this year, the pedestrian and cycle bridge across the North Esk River is expected to be complete.</p> <p>Next month celebrates two years of operation for the Building Launceston’s Apprenticeship Pipeline Projects initiative. Over the past year, 26 new apprenticeships within the construction industry have been delivered through this initiative. Since the Deal was signed we have seen the youth unemployment rate in Launceston drop from 19.2% (2015-2017) to 13.4% (2017-2019).</p> <p>To support indigenous employment, UTAS and TasWater have both committed to a 3 per cent Aboriginal employment target and 3 per cent Aboriginal supplier use during the construction phase of the new campus and the upgrade to combine storm water and sewerage system.</p> <p>The City Deal’s River Health Action Plan is reducing pollution in the Tamar Estuary so that people can enjoy a cleaner river and flora and fauna can thrive in the estuary.</p> <p>Over 175 kilometres of waterways are being protected by local landholders. Overall, our investments in the Tamar will exclude around 12,000 head of cattle and 140,000 head of sheep from entering the river.</p> <p>This has significantly improved the water quality and helped with the broader health of the Tamar Estuary – the latest report card demonstrated higher water quality grades in all zones of the estuary in 2020 compared to 2018.</p> <p>Three years into implementation of the City Deal, we can count the benefits. Launceston's Gross Regional Product (GRP) has improved from a low base, increasing by 1.2% year-on-year over the past 3 years.</p> <p>Launceston’s City Deal is delivering results for the local community, boosting the economy and providing local job opportunities now and into the future.</p> Tudge City Deal Delivering on Ambitions for a Revitalised Launceston Another congestion-busting Northern Suburbs road project delivered https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/tudge/media-release/another-congestion-busting-northern-suburbs-road-project-delivered <p>Northern suburbs commuters will save up to seven minutes on their drive to work and home to their families with the opening of the new $73.2 million Wanneroo Road and Ocean Reef Road interchange.</p> <p>The upgrades, which started in March 2019, have supported more than 350 local jobs over the life of the project.</p> <p>More than 75,000 motorists use the interchange daily and in 2017 it was ranked as Perth’s 13th most congested intersection.</p> <p>Wanneroo Road is a crucial arterial passenger route and alternative route to the Mitchell Freeway providing access between the Perth central business district, Joondalup and the North West Corridor.</p> <p>Premier Mark McGowan said he was pleased to see another government election commitment delivered.</p> <p>“We are continuing to deliver on our election commitments to create and support local jobs, while slashing travel times on our roads,” the Premier said.</p> <p>“This is part of the $2.3 billion major infrastructure package we negotiated with the Australian Government in April 2017 that has seen thousands of jobs created around Perth.</p> <p>“It’s projects like these that are keeping our State economy safe and strong, and moving beyond COVID-19.”</p> <p>Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said crucial funding from the Morrison Government was helping to roll out major projects in Perth and across WA.</p> <p>“That includes an additional $1.1 billion for key projects in last week’s budget that will support an estimated 6,800 direct and indirect jobs,” Mr Tudge said.</p> <p>“We know that an economic boost and jobs are what hard working West Australians need right now as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”</p> <p>Western Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said this was part of a suite of upgrades the McGowan Government was delivering across the northern suburbs.</p> <p>“This project will help cut travel times, improve safety and traffic flow in our northern suburbs along with other recently completed projects such as the Mitchell Freeway southbound widening between Vincent to Cedric,” Ms Saffioti said.</p> <p>“We have a huge raft of projects planned and underway across the northern suburbs including the Yanchep Rail extension, the Wanneroo Road-Joondalup Drive interchange and the Mitchell Freeway extension.</p> <p>“We also recently announced that we will be rolling out the Smart Freeways technology across the Mitchell Freeway southbound which is an exciting new project for commuters to look forward to.”</p> <p>Senator for Western Australia Dean Smith said as people have returned back to work and their busy lifestyles after easing of the COVID-19 restrictions, the area is again experiencing very high traffic volumes.</p> <p>“As patron Senator for Perth’s growing northern suburbs, I’m delighted the Morrison Government has provided 80 per cent of the funding to deliver this transformative upgrade for local families and businesses, easing congestion and improving road safety,” Senator Smith said.</p> <p>Federal Member for Moore Ian Goodenough said some of the key features of the upgrade include a new dual-lane, free-flowing traffic bridge over Ocean Reef Road, along with modified local road connections at Villanova Street, Backshall Place and Woodvale Drive.</p> <p>“A new access road to Wanneroo’s iconic Cockman House has been built off Woodvale Drive as part of the project, improving safety and removing the risk for right-turn crashes,”<br /> Mr Goodenough said.</p> <p>Shared path facilities, including an underpass, have been constructed to connect with the local path network, enabling safer access and improved amenity for cyclists and pedestrians in and around the interchange.</p> <p>Artistic elements within the project’s design provide linkage to the area, drawing inspiration from the historic use of nearby agricultural and horticultural land.</p> <p>The $73.2 million project is jointly funded by the Australian Government committing<br /> $58.6 million and the Western Australian Government providing $14.6 million. </p> <p><strong>[ENDS]</strong></p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>Media Contact:</strong></p> <p>Premier McGowan - Lannie Le-Patterson 0419 698 504</p> <p>Mr Tudge - Michael Bennett 0434 782 923</p> <p>Ms Saffioti - Caitlin Goddard 0437 234 249</p> <p>Senator Smith - Electoral Office (08) 9481 0349</p> <p>Mr Goodenough - Electoral Office (08) 9300 2244</p> Tudge Another congestion-busting Northern Suburbs road project delivered Sneak peek at Northconnex for drivers https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/tudge/media-release/sneak-peek-northconnex-drivers <p>Drivers can take a trip through the NorthConnex tunnels without leaving their home after never-before-seen driver experience videos were released today.  </p> <p>The innovative videos give drivers a birds-eye view of the congestion-busting benefits of using the NorthConnex tunnels, compared to Pennant Hills Road.</p> <p>The soon-to-be-finished, $3 billion NorthConnex, will take up to 5,000 trucks off Pennant Hills Road each day, slashing up to 15 minutes off travel time during peak periods.</p> <p>Drivers will also avoid 40 sets of traffic lights on the Pacific Highway or 21 sets of traffic lights between the M1 and the M2.</p> <p>Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said NorthConnex provided an economic boost for Sydney, supporting thousands of jobs throughout construction.</p> <p>“Soon Sydney motorists will reap the benefits of this mega-project each and every day that they travel to work, and home,” Mr Tudge said.</p> <p>“The Morrison Government has backed NorthConnex from the beginning and it will be a game-changer when it opens to motorists.”</p> <p>New South Wales Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said drone and dash cam vision was used in the videos to simulate the journeys drivers can expect when NorthConnex opens.</p> <p>“NorthConnex will connect the M1 in Wahroonga to the Hills M2 via twin nine‑kilometre tunnels. We want to show drivers how they can use Sydney’s next underground motorway before it opens to traffic,” Mr Constance said.</p> <p>“Whether you’re a Central Coast commuter, a family planning their next Hunter Valley holiday or a truck driver making a delivery to Blacktown, these videos show exactly how you can safely reach your destination by using NorthConnex.</p> <p>“Drivers will get behind-the-wheel views of the tunnels thanks to the eight new videos which you can now watch on the NorthConnex website,” Mr Constance said.</p> <p>Federal Member for Berowra Julian Leeser said the NorthConnex tunnels are a big improvement on other tunnels in Sydney.</p> <p>“We all remember news stories about tunnel heights being too low and large trucks getting stuck at the entrance, and when incidents like that happen the traffic slows to a halt for miles and people are late getting to their destinations,” Mr Leeser said.</p> <p>“The NorthConnex tunnel will have a height of 5.1 metres, which will help avoid over-height incidents and allow free flow of traffic.”</p> <p>“NorthConnex will take pressure off our local roads and improve community safety,” Mr Leeser said.</p> <p>Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said the new videos help drivers become familiar with NorthConnex before their first journey.</p> <p>“We want motorists to take note of the new entry and exit points, where they will navigate new movements and how the motorway connects to the broader road network,” Mr Collins said.</p> <p>“NorthConnex is in the final stages of operational testing and software commissioning and expected to open in the coming weeks.”</p> <p>Transurban NSW Group Executive Michele Huey said NorthConnex would open with two lanes in each direction and provide the quickest route between the M1 and M2 Motorways, taking around eight minutes.</p> <p>“It’s the missing link in the National Highway route motorists have been wanting for decades, allowing motorists to drive from Newcastle to Melbourne without passing a single set of traffic lights,” Ms Huey said.</p> <p>The project is jointly funded with the Australian Government committing $412.3 million and the New South Wales Government $577.3 million, with remaining costs met by the private sector. NorthConnex will support up to 8,700 direct and indirect jobs over the life of the project.</p> <p>For more information about NorthConnex and to view the driver experience videos, visit <a href="https://www.northconnex.com.au/">https://www.northconnex.com.au/</a>.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>Media Contact:</strong></p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Minister Tudge – Michael Bennett 0434 782 923</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Minister Constance – Mia Burns 0455 338 762</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Mr Leeser – Electorate Office <a href="tel:+61(02)%209980%201822">(02) 9980 1822</a></p> Tudge Sneak peek at Northconnex for drivers Bunbury Outer Ring Road contract to create thousands of local jobs https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/mccormack/media-release/bunbury-outer-ring-road-contract-create-thousands-local-jobs <div class="WordSection1"> <p>The Bunbury Outer Ring Road project is a step closer with the major construction contract signed, unlocking thousands of local jobs and economic benefits.</p> <p>The biggest infrastructure project ever to be undertaken in Western Australia's South-West will be constructed by a consortium comprising Acciona, NRW Contracting, MACA Civil, AECOM and Aurecon named South West Gateway Alliance.</p> <p>This $852 million project will construct a 27-kilometre, four-lane, high-standard road from Forrest Highway near Australind to Bussell Highway, south of Bunbury.</p> <p>Once complete, new connections of Forrest Highway to Bussell Highway and South Western Highway will greatly improve freight capacity, efficiency and productivity across the region.</p> <p>It will also mean tourists heading south will save up to 15 minutes in travel time.</p> <p>Local employment and business opportunities are a priority for the project with a target spend of $300 million set to encourage and maximise local South-West industry participation.</p> <p>Promoting and maximising local Aboriginal participation is also a priority for the project. There is a $20 million target spend for Aboriginal businesses and an employment target equivalent to 60 full time Aboriginal people engaged on the project over its three-year construction period.</p> <p>The South West Gateway Alliance is committed to sustainably delivering the project by working with the local recycling industry to maximise opportunities to safely reuse waste materials in construction.</p> <p>The Alliance will commence detailed design while the State and Commonwealth environmental approvals processes continue.</p> <p>A number of other activities that do not require environmental approval will also be occurring, including geotechnical investigations, planning for the relocations of services and meetings with local stakeholders.</p> <p>Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government had made it a priority to fast-track regional projects that were ready to start to get money flowing into jobs and businesses as soon as possible.</p> </div> <p>"Our focus is getting people back into work quickly, which is why we allocated $1.5 billion to prioritise shovel-ready projects and targeted road safety works that can provide a boost to the economy and support jobs immediately," the Deputy Prime Minister said.</p> <div class="WordSection2"> <p>"We are investing in our post-pandemic future by delivering lasting infrastructure which will kick-start our economic recovery and benefit Australians for years to come.</p> <p>"The Australian Government's $100 billion, 10-year infrastructure pipeline will support our economy and create jobs, particularly for those in the construction and manufacturing industries."</p> <p>Premier Mark McGowan said his Government was investing in major transport infrastructure projects to help kick-start the economy as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.</p> <p>"We are building Western Australia's economy back up from the pandemic by embarking on Building for Tomorrow, the biggest transport infrastructure program WA has seen," he said.</p> <p>"Investing in well-planned transport projects will keep the Greater Bunbury region moving and boost its status as a major economic regional centre while providing better road infrastructure for locals and visitors.</p> <p>"The project will deliver significant benefits for the economy both during its construction and once in operation, unlocking thousands of local jobs."</p> <p>WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the McGowan Government was spending more than $260 million a month on major transport infrastructure projects with $100 million being spent in regional Western Australia.</p> <p>"The Bunbury Outer Ring Road is the biggest transport infrastructure project ever planned for the South-West and will generate significant economic and employment opportunities," she said.</p> <p>"We have worked hard to fast track this project so we can get shovels in the ground and work underway as soon as possible.</p> <p>"Maximising local business procurement is a key objective for the project with a target spend of $300 million set to encourage and maximise local South-West industry participation."</p> <p>Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories and Member for Forrest Nola Marino said this had been a major project for the South-West region for many years.</p> </div> <p>"This project has been planned for a number of years, recognising the significance of delivering vital infrastructure to provide a safer and more efficient road system for the South West region of Western Australia," she said.</p> <p>"Removing freight and regional traffic from local roads will provide relief for local residents while maintaining easy access to Bunbury and other regional destinations.</p> <p>"From day one I've been determined to see as much local South West procurement involved in the construction of this project as possible."</p> <p>Bunbury MLA Don Punch said the new Bunbury Outer Ring Road will support local businesses and jobs while also improving safety and efficiency.</p> <p>"This new road will create new connections of Forrest Highway to Bussell Highway and South Western Highway," he said.</p> <p>"It will significantly reduce pressure on Bunbury's local road connections especially around Glen Iris and the Bunbury Regional Hospital. Local residents will see significantly reduced congestion within Bunbury as a consequence.</p> <p>The $852 million Bunbury Outer Ring Road project is jointly-funded with the Australian Government contributing 80 per cent ($681.6 million) and the State Government contributing 20 per cent ($170.4 million).</p> <h2>Media Contacts:</h2> <p>Deputy Prime Minister - Joanne Williamson 0418 475 668</p> <p>Assistant Minister Marino - Sophie Beeton 02 6277 4088</p> <p>Premier's office - 6552 5000</p> <p>Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500</p> McCormack Bunbury Outer Ring Road contract to create thousands of local jobs RN Breakfast interview with Fran Kelly https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/tudge/interview/rn-breakfast-interview-fran-kelly <p><strong>FRAN KELLY: </strong>Well, with COVID-19 still racing across Europe and the US, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australia will take a very cautious approach to reopening travel with the rest of the world. The indefinite closure of the international borders has crashed Australia's immigration program, delivering the biggest hit to forecast population growth in more than a century. Treasury now forecasts that more people will leave the country in the next two years than will arrive, which will have enormous consequences for the economy, already of course, mired in recession.<br /> Alan Tudge is the Minister for Population and Cities, and Acting Immigration Minister. Minister, welcome back to Breakfast.</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE: </strong>G’day, Fran.</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY:</strong> There will be one million fewer Australians by the end of 2022 - that's based on forward predictions - one million fewer consumers, many, many fewer taxpayers. This will mean lower living standards for all Australians, won't it?</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE: </strong>Well, it certainly has a very big impact on our economy and on our GDP growth. Population's been a very significant part of our economic growth story for more than a century, and we're now going to have the lowest population growth this financial year since World War One. As you said, it'll be 0.2 per cent this year, whereas normally it tracks at about 1.6 per cent. So, yes, it will have an impact on the economy, and that's why...</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY: </strong>Can you put that in dollar terms, or at least GDP terms? What's the hit to GDP from a million fewer people here over two years?</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE:</strong> Well, if you go from 1.6 per cent population growth to 0.2 per cent<br /> population growth, the rule of thumb is that that's about a 1.4 per cent hit to GDP. That means we have to make up for that growth in other ways, and particularly for a boost in the participation rate and boost in productivity. And that's why this Budget is so important, because it does go to those things; it goes to jobs, it goes to business investment. And that's why we're still forecasting that next financial year GDP will still be 4.75 per cent.</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY:</strong> Is that realistic, though? I mean, boosting productivity, boosting participation, that's really making up for what the pandemic has done, it's not really going to make up for the added increase of a lack of projection of one million fewer people. Is there any sort of genuine economic reform on the plate? What's coming up?</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE: </strong>Well, of course, and the Prime Minister's been through this, in terms of some of the very substantial economic reform, which is already underway. But the Budget itself of course contains ...</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY: </strong>Like what?</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE: </strong>The Budget itself contains significant reform in and of itself, and in particular, in relation to the tax cuts. The tax cuts, which have a flattening of the curve, create further incentives for people to work more. And I know people, some people, will dismiss that, but it's very important. And once you introduce the further stages as well, then it has a further impact. The very significant impact of being able to make investments and write them off all in one year will create a massive boost for investment, and that's why the business community has been so strong in relation to that.<br /> And overall, Treasury does expect - and they're the ones that do the forecast - is that the result of this is that we will see growth next year of 4.75, and then 2.75 and then three the years after that. So, despite the fact that population will be considerably lower, we still are forecasting quite considerable growth in the next few years.</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY: </strong>Have you told that to the construction sector? I mean, demand for housing according to the Property Council could be cut by up to 230,000 dwellings. The Property Council wants a roadmap for restarting migration as a top priority for National Cabinet, and it wants an aggressive marketing campaign to sell Australia as a safe and healthy destination for prospective migrants. Is there any work being done at this stage on trying to restore immigration once the pandemic is over, or the borders are open anyway?</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE: </strong>Well, first up, let me just address the property issue, because you're right; the property sector is dependent upon population growth, that almost goes without saying. It's why we've spent so much time doing the HomeBuilder program, which has had a massive stimulatory impact. The first home buyers scheme, which has also had an impact. And also, why we've invested, or one of the further reasons, why we've invested so much in the civil construction area, because it will mop up some of the demand which might not be in the residential construction area. So there are things...</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY:</strong> Okay. But meanwhile, is any work being done...</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE:</strong> There are things that we have put in place, Fran, in relation to that. And that's been acknowledged, particularly by the Master Builders Association. In relation to migration, generally, of course, we are thinking very deeply about that. But you've got to understand that a lot of our migration program is actually what's called demand driven, and that means, for example, that once the borders are open you will only be able to sponsor a person in if you're an employer, if you can't find an Australian to do the work. And if there's more Australians available to do the job, then there may well be fewer opportunities for sponsorship to occur. Now, that's why, even if the borders open immediately tomorrow, the numbers might be slightly lower. But having said that, we are still projecting that in four or five years' time, it gets somewhere back to where they were in previous years.</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY:</strong> What about, I mean could you, you could still invite migrants in at the moment, bring people into Australia, isolate them for two weeks. Not in the hotel system, they're already overwhelmed with Australians wanting to come home, but maybe Christmas Island or Northern Immigration Detention Centre in Darwin. You could issue the invitation, see who wants to come and manage it that way. Have you thought- are you thinking about that?</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE:</strong> Well, the quarantine system is the speed limit, if you like. And obviously there's only a certain number of slots available there, and -</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY:</strong> Well we haven't got the Northern Immigration Detention Centre open or Christmas Island open for this purpose - the Government could do that. Are you considering it?</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE:</strong> Well, the states are responsible for the quarantining arrangements and we've put some pressure on them...</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY:</strong> No. But the federal government can move on Christmas Island, for instance, and it could work with Northern Territory on the Northern Immigration Detention Centre.</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE: </strong>Well, the states with the National Cabinet has agreed for the states to be responsible for the quarantine arrangements, and we put some pressure on them to increase the number of beds they have available. But you've still got a state like Victoria where there's zero quarantine beds which are open right now.</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY:</strong> Sure.</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE: </strong>At the moment, and typically you'd have say about a third of all migrants go to Victoria - so that becomes an issue. Clearly, the Victorian government still doesn't have confidence in its quarantine arrangements. So that becomes, in some respects, the speed limit on it. And that's why we're forecasting that the numbers will still be quite considerably lower over the next few years, but then they do come back in about year four and year five.<br />  <br /> <strong>FRAN KELLY:</strong> What about the number of refugees? Australia is facing a deficit of one million people – projection - as we've just been discussing, but at the same time the Federal Government in the Budget announced it'd slashed the refugee intake by 5000 places. How does that make any humanitarian or practical economic sense?</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE: </strong>Well, the number this year will be 13,750, which is actually an increase on what it was last year. Last year's figure came in at 13,170, and...</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY: </strong>But when we're talking last year, are we talking financial year? Does that take into account the number down because of the pandemic?</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE:</strong> It does, and that was the outcome...</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY: </strong>So, that's not a real - that's not a real litmus test then, is it?</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE:</strong> Well, it still is because the pandemic is still ongoing, Fran. I'm simply pointing out that last year was 13,170 was the actual numbers that came in. And this year we're forecasting will be 13,750 - so a slight increase on what it was last year.</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY: </strong>But why? I'm asking you why? I mean, there's no shortage of displaced people and refugees in desperate need of a permanent safe haven. Australia could do with more people living here and spending here. Why not bring in 5000 more and bring it up to the cap that was in place - over 18000. Why cap it at 13,750?</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE:</strong> Well, we'll still be the third most generous country in the world with an absolute...</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY:</strong> Yeah, but that's not my question. Why have you decided to cap it and make that cap 5000 lower?</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE:</strong> Well, I mean, I've addressed this. First up, that it's actually an increase in what it was last year. Second up...</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY:</strong> But it's a decrease on our cap.</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE:</strong> ...that all migration is down considerably, Fran. We're going to have, for the first time ever, more people leaving the country than coming into the country - we'll have the first time ever that situation in 75 years, sorry first time in 75 years that will be the case. So, migration is down across the board, and yet at the same time the humanitarian intake will be slightly up on what we actually had last financial year and will still be...</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY: </strong>Yeah. But, Minister, that's disingenuous. Migration is down because that's a free choice. Humanitarian intake is different - as I say, there are tens of thousands of people in UNHCR camps waiting for people to take them. Why doesn't Australia honour the commitment it had made beforehand? Why not?</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE:</strong> Migration is down because we've closed the borders, Fran. And as I said...</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY:</strong> Yeah, I know. But if we're bringing in 13,750 people anyway, why not bring in 18,000?</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE:</strong> And as I said, the speed limit becomes the quarantine arrangements. And so consequently, overall migration is a fraction of what it has been in previous years and all migration is being impacted by that.</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY:</strong> So the decision to decrease the humanitarian intake is the speed limit of the quarantine, is it?</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE:</strong> Well as I said, we'll still be the third most generous country in the world on an absolute basis, in terms of our humanitarian intake, and it will still be a slight increase on what it was last year, Fran.</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY:</strong> Okay.</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE:</strong> And it's also in keeping with the fact that overall migration is down across the board and the pandemic continues. We reserve the right, as we do each and every year, to reset what the Humanitarian Program might look like for the following 12 months - we do that in the budget each year. For this year it will be...</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY:</strong> But we've banked, but the Budget has banked a billion dollar saving over four years.</p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE:</strong> And for this year it will be 13,750. And if next year a different decision is made, then it will they made in the Budget context.</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY:</strong> Minister, thank you very much for joining us. </p> <p><strong>ALAN TUDGE: </strong>Thanks very much, Fran.</p> <p><strong>FRAN KELLY:</strong> Alan Tudge is the Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure, and the Acting Minister for Immigration.</p> Tudge RN Breakfast interview with Fran Kelly Budget 2020: Delivering for Norfolk Island https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/marino/media-release/budget-2020-delivering-norfolk-island <p>The 2020-21 Federal Budget is prioritising the delivery of essential services for Norfolk Island, committing $55.6 million of new funding over four years from 2020-21 for a range of programs to support the local economy emerge stronger and more resilient through the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, and grow sustainably into the future. </p> <p>Our focus in this Budget is getting the Norfolk Island economy back-on-track by investing in targeted, practical measures to ensure Norfolk Island remains an exceptional place to live, work and visit over the coming decades. Ongoing freight services are also an important part of our collective vision for a strong Norfolk Island, enabling community access to essential supplies and materials while keeping the economy open.</p> <p>This includes committing $12.2 million to underwrite passenger to Norfolk Island, ensuring that as travel restrictions ease we can see tourists returning to the Island to provide an essential boost to the local economy. </p> <p>The tangible, sustainable measures we are delivering build on the previously announced $5.5 million stimulus plan to get shovels in the ground on priority community projects, supporting jobs and businesses impacted by the Coronavirus restrictions. Work is underway.</p> <p>In this Budget we are backing Norfolk Island residents not only through the pandemic, but into the future by investing money in projects and programs that will make a real, long-term difference to the community. </p> <p>Norfolk Island’s spectacular natural environment is a significant driver of business opportunities for the Island. Along with supporting the management and maintenance of the World Heritage listed Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) with a $7.9 million investment over four years from 2020-21, we are also committing over $0.7 million to build a new visitor center at KAVHA as part of a $33.4 million package our Government is delivering to upgrade infrastructure at some of our nation’s most treasured heritage sites.</p> <p>The visitor center will not only help showcase an area of outstanding historical significance to the nation as our longest intact record of convict history, but it will also create local jobs and deliver greater capacity for tourism on the Island over the next several decades. <br />  <br /> Along with the big-ticket items, this Budget continues to deliver critical services and projects that are a critical part of our vision for a strong and resilient Norfolk Island, including:</p> <p>•    Funding to augment the 2012 to 2014 quarantine survey with a new targeted survey to enable informed biosecurity decisions to promote economic development while conserving Norfolk Island’s unique environment <br /> •    Managing Commonwealth land and assets, including weed control and fencing upkeep. This program will be delivered by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, engaging local contractors to deliver a program of works on Commonwealth land <br /> •    Assisting the Norfolk Island Regional Council to manage challenges arising from the COVID-19 state of emergency<br /> •    Delivering cost-effective, high-quality and fit-for-purpose IT solutions, and ensuring Norfolk Island health facilities have reliable internet connection to enable continued functionality <br /> •    Acquiring and managing a fit-for-purpose marine search and rescue vessel for the Australian Federal Police. The acquisition will decrease response times in the event of an emergency, increasing the safety and protection of the Norfolk Island community and tourists, and<br /> •    Continuing the environmental investigation and response into Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) impacts on Norfolk Island. </p> <p> The programs and projects we are delivering for Norfolk Island demonstrate our commitment to creating jobs, boosting business and growing the local economy. </p> <p>For full details, visit <a href="https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/">www.infrastructure.gov.au</a>.  </p> <h2>Media Contact:</h2> <p><strong>Assistant Minister Marino –</strong> Sophie Beeton (02) 6277 4293<br />  </p> Marino Budget 2020: Delivering for Norfolk Island