Jul 24, 2018

Updated plan sets out State’s $45.8b infrastructure strategy

Updated plan sets out State’s $45.8b infrastructure strategy

The State Government has released the 2018 update of the State Infrastructure Plan, outlining an infrastructure spend of  $45.8 billion over four years.

State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the plan aligned with the latest State Budget, reflecting a $11.6 billion infrastructure investment in 2018-19, which would support up to 38,000 jobs.

It included the Queensland Transport Roads and Investment Program 2018-19 to 2021-22, outlining $21.7 billion in transport and road infrastructure work over the next four years, he said.

“The Palaszczuk Government is also delivering the Building Better Hospitals Program that will inject $679 million into hospitals and includes upgrades at Logan, Caboolture and Ipswich hospitals, along with regional hospitals in Atherton, Blackall and Cairns,” Mr Dick said.

“We are also unlocking capacity constraints in the transport network by investing in Cross River Rail, the biggest state-funded infrastructure commitment in more than a decade. “

Implementing a State Infrastructure Plan had already improved the way infrastructure planning was coordinated across government, he said.

Infrastructure Association of Queensland chief executive officer Steve Abson said the update provided critical detail on the infrastructure investment strategies and gave the private sector confidence to invest in their Queensland operations.

Building Queensland’s Infrastructure Pipeline Report, was also released this week.

Regional Queensland projects listed as being in the pipeline of priority proposals as at June 2018 included the Clinton Vessel Interaction (Clinton Bypass Channel) project — Port of Gladstone at an estimated cost of $65-80 million,  Nullinga Dam and Mareeba Dimbulah Water Supply Scheme at an estimated cost of $330 million, the Toowoomba Hospital Redevelopment at an estimated cost of $450-750 million, a new Bundaberg Hospital and the Paradise Dam Safety Improvement Project .

Building Queensland chief executive officer Damian Gould said the pipeline report provided analysis that allowed government to make informed decisions on large infrastructure projects.

“Good projects that are supported by detailed investigations and assessments are flowing through the pipeline having received funding commitments,” Mr Gould said.

View the State Infrastructure Plan update: www.dsdmip.qld.gov.au/sip

View Building Queensland’s Infrastructure Pipeline Report: http://buildingqueensland.qld.gov.au/pipeline/

 

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