Government Acts to Deliver Australia's Biggest Infrastructure Agenda
28 February 2014
The Government's $35.5 billion commitment to delivering the infrastructure that Australia needs to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century took another step forward in Federal Parliament yesterday.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss introduced the Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill, which maps out the Government's infrastructure priorities, while repealing and amending Labor's legacy of failed policies.
“The Bill replaces Labor's disjointed and shambolic Nation Building Program with the National Land Transport Act 2014 to get on with the job of delivering the biggest infrastructure agenda in Australia's history,” Mr Truss said.
“We are moving to deliver the infrastructure Australia critically needs through our $35.5 billion Infrastructure Investment Programme, which, over six years, will build the vital road and rail projects to improve efficiency, boost productivity and drive Australia's economy forward.”
Major projects under the Infrastructure Investment Programme include:
- $6.7 billion to upgrade the Bruce Highway;
- $5.6 billion to finish the duplication of the Pacific Highway;
- $1.5 billion to the WestConnex project in Sydney;
- $1.5 billion for the East-West Link in Melbourne;
- $1 billion to continue the Gateway Motorway North upgrade in Brisbane;
- $700 million for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing;
- $686 million to finish the Gateway WA Project in Perth;
- $615 million to build the Swan Valley Bypass on the Perth to Darwin Highway;
- $500 million for the upgrade of South Road in Adelaide;
- $405 million for the F3 to M2 Link project in Sydney; and
- $400 million to continue the Midland Highway upgrade in Tasmania.
The Government has also committed $300 million to finalise plans, engineering design and environmental assessments for the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project.
The Bill also reflects the Government's commitment to the Roads to Recovery Programme, locking in its future for a further five years (beyond the current end date of 30 June 2014 to 30 June 2019), with $1.75 billion of funding.
“Roads to Recovery provides vital funding to local governments for the maintenance of the nation's local road infrastructure,” Mr Truss said.
“Further, the Government has committed $300 million to the Black Spot Programme addressing road sites that are high risk areas for serious crashes, in addition to our new $300 million Bridges Renewal programme to restore dilapidated local bridges.
“We are also allowing for funding of a new type of project within Transport Development and Innovation Projects for research to inform and enhance the management of the Infrastructure Investment Programme.
“We are also streamlining the operation of the Act by combining National Projects and Off-Network Projects into a new part for Investment Projects, which removes unnecessary duplication from within the Act.”
Mr Truss emphasised that the Government is working with state and territory governments, as well as the private sector, to deliver nationally significant infrastructure projects.
“Australia's future growth and prosperity will be significantly influenced by our capacity to deliver more appropriate, efficient and effective infrastructure,” he said.
“Our collaboration with states and territories and the private sector will enable the successful delivery of the infrastructure Australia expects, industries need and our people deserve.”