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Transport infrastructure tops budget priorities

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).

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