Transport infrastructure has topped the Federal Government’s 2020-21 budget, with an investment of $14 billion for new and fast-tracked infrastructure projects.
As the government digs its way out of the COVID-19 induced recession, shovel ready projects have been placed at the forefront of the agenda in an effort to create Australian jobs.
The investment includes bringing forward $7.5 billion of spending on road and rail projects, $2 billion in road safety upgrades and $1 billion for local councils to upgrade roads, footpaths and street lighting.
Building on additional commitments, the total infrastructure spend tops $42 billion over four years. It’s estimated that more than 40,000 direct and indirect jobs will be supported through this investment.
Key priority projects to receive funding
Australian Capital Territory – $155.3 million
- $87.5 million for the Molonglo River Bridge
- $50.0 million for the Canberra to Southwest Corridor Upgrade package
- $15.3 million for the Monaro Highway Upgrade package
- $2.5 million for the Parkes Way Upgrade planning and design.
New South Wales – $2.7 billion
- $603.0 million for the New England Highway — Singleton Bypass and Bolivia Hill Upgrade
- $591.7 million for the Newell Highway Upgrade, including Dubbo Bridge, Parkes Bypass, heavy duty pavement upgrades and overtaking lanes
- $490.6 million for the Coffs Harbour Bypass
- $360.0 million for the Newcastle Inner City Bypass, Rankin Park to Jesmond
- $150.0 million for grade separating road interfaces
- $120.0 million for the Prospect Highway Upgrade
- $94.0 million for the Heathcote Road Upgrade, Hammondville to Voyager Point
- $63.5 million for the Dunheved Road Upgrade, Penrith
- $60.0 million for the M1 North Smart Motorway — ANZAC Bridge to Warringah Freeway
- $46.4 million for the Mulgoa Road Upgrade.
Northern Territory – $189.5 million
- $120.0 million for the Carpentaria Highway Upgrade
- $46.6 million for the Northern Territory National Network Highway Upgrades
- $22.9 million for the Stuart Highway Upgrade at Coolalinga.
Queensland – $1.3 billion
- $750.0 million for the Coomera Connector Stage 1 (Coomera to Nerang)
- $201.2 million for the Bruce Highway including, Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway, Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade, Burdekin Bridge Upgrade, Babinda Intersection Upgrade, Cairns Southern Access Corridor — Stage 4 — Kate to Aumuller and Bruce Highway Upgrade Strategy
- $112.0 million for the Centenary Bridge Upgrade
- $76.0 million for the Riverway Drive Stage 2 (Allambie Lane — Dunlop Street)
- $50.0 million for the Beams Road Open Level Crossing Upgrade
- $42.4 million for the Mount Lindesay Highway Upgrade (Johanna Street to South Street)
- $38.0 million for the Cooktown to Weipa Corridor Upgrade — Cape York Community Access Roads
- $17.2 million for the Cairns to Northern Territory Border Upgrade — Gulf Developmental Road — Pavement Strengthening and Widening
- $10.0 million for the M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrade Program — Exit 45.
South Australia – $625.2 million
- $200.0 million for the Hahndorf Township Improvements and Access Upgrade
- $136.0 million for the Princes Highway Corridor — intersection improvements, overtaking lanes, pavement works, rest areas, safety and signage improvements and shoulder sealing
- $136.0 million for the Main South Road Duplication Stage 2 — Aldinga to Sellicks Beach
- $100.0 million for the Strzelecki Track Upgrade
- $28.0 million for the South Eastern Freeway Safety Upgrade
- $13.2 million for the Goodwood and Torrens Junctions
- $12.0 million for the Victor Harbor Road Upgrade. The Government will also bring forward $20.3 million to accelerate the Eyre Peninsula Network.
Tasmania – $359.6 million
- $150.0 million for the Hobart to Sorell Corridor — Midway Point Causeway (including McGees Bridge) and Sorell Causeway
- $72.0 million for the Tasman Roads Package — Bass Highway Upgrades (between Deloraine and Devonport), West Tamar Highway Upgrades (between Exeter and Launceston) and Bridport Road Freight Efficiency and Safety Upgrades
- $65.0 million for the Tasman Bridge Upgrade
- $52.0 million for the Midland Highway Upgrade — Future Priorities
- $12.0 million for Freight Bridge Upgrades. The Government will also bring forward
- $15.0 million to accelerate the Hobart to Sorell Corridor — Hobart Airport to Sorell Southern Bypass.
Victoria – $1.1 billion
- $320.0 million for the Shepparton Rail Line Upgrade
- $292.0 million for Barwon Heads Road
- $208.0 million for the Warrnambool Rail Upgrade — Stage 2
- $104.0 million for the McKoy Street — Hume Freeway Intersection Upgrade
- $84.5 million for Hall Road
- $31.0 million for Narre Warren North Road
- $30.0 million for the Western Rail Plan
- $27.2 million for the Western Port Highway
- $22.5 million for South Road.
Western Australia – 1.1 billion
- $227.1 million for Metronet — High Capacity Signalling and Morley-Ellenbrook Line
- $87.5 million for the Reid Highway Interchanges — West Swan Road
- $80.0 million for the Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network
- $75.0 million for the Canning Bridge Bus Interchange
- $70.0 million for the Roe Highway Widening and Abernethy Road Upgrade
- $70.0 million for the Newman to Katherine Corridor Upgrade — Broome to Kununurra, Stage 3 of the Ord River North and Port Hedland Airport Deviation
- $56.0 million for the Karratha to Tom Price Corridor Upgrade
- $48.6 million for the Kwinana and Mitchell Freeway — barrier upgrades, widening and introduction of Intelligent Transport Systems
- $45.0 million for the Stirling Bus Interchange
- $41.6 million for the Port Augusta to Perth Corridor — Coolgardie to Esperance Highway — Emu Rocks
- $40.0 million for the Freight Vehicle Productivity Improvements Program
- $17.5 million for the Bus Lane Program — Stirling and Canning Highways (Crawley and Applecross).